Recaps from the Game 3 victory:
- The Lightning erased a 3-1 deficit but the Islanders didn’t quit. [LHH]
- Brock Nelson had the game-winner with his patented wrist shot with 3:25 left in regulation. [Islanders]
- That Nelson got it was extra special, given the beating he took in Game 2. [Newsday]
- The win was a testament to the Islanders’ resolve. They didn’t let Tampa’s comeback deflate them. [NHL]
- They were truly resilient in pushing the play. [Newsday]
- And they did it all with Casey Cizikas, who was deemed unfit to play. [Newsday]
- Jean-Gabriel Pageau had himself a hell of a game, which was no surprise to the Senators fans that watched him for years. [Sportsnet]
- Semyon Varlamov was great, too. He really kept the Islanders in it with some big saves throughout the game. [Newsday]
- Nelson’s late game-winner was the latest game-winner for the Isles in a playoff game since the Shawn Bates penalty shot. [NYI Skinny]
- PHOTOS: Relive the beauty. [Newsday]
Let’s hear from the guys. First up, Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck, goal-scorers.
“With us it could be anyone getting that big goal or having a big night for us. Everyone on this team has made huge contributions this postseason and I think that’s a big reason why we’re having some success.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 12, 2020
⬇️ More from Pelech & Clutterbuck after tonight's W! ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/YK7j6zgmPB
And the other goal-scorers, Nelson, Pageau, and Anthony Beauvillier.
“It’s a brotherhood here for the Islanders and you really saw that tonight. Everyone stepping up for each other and playing until the end for each other.”— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 12, 2020
Pageau, Nelson & Beauvillier share their thoughts on the Game 3 victory: pic.twitter.com/LqV0tSVM9J
And finally, the boss.
“I’ve been preaching about this group, they’re special with the resiliency. We’ve had to battle through a lot of different things... It says a lot for this group to be able to mentally park it and focus on the moment. These guys are staying resilient and finding ways.” pic.twitter.com/8lLSRLEXuA— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) September 12, 2020
Onto the news.
- LISTEN: The Newsday crew chats about the Islanders making a series out of this. [Island Ice Podcast]
- Andy Greene knows the significance of 9/11. That was the first meaningful hockey game played on the anniversary. [Newsday]
- Matt Martin has been doing it all this postseason: hitting, fighting, and scoring big goals. [Newsday]
- The Islanders are very much embracing their underdog status. It’s where they’re at their best. [ESPN]
- This may not shock you, but Barry Trotz is an incredibly honest and genuine person who’s had an impact on people’s lives throughout every stage of his hockey career. [Winnipeg Sun]
- Old friend Jack Capuano is “no doubt” pulling for the Isles. Brings a tear to my eye. [Newsday]
- Isles frontman Jon Ledecky and OVG CEO Tim Leiweke discussed UBS Arena and the future of the Coliseum. [AM NY]
- The Islanders are down in the series, but Offside Tavern, staying open until the Islanders are eliminated, are all-in on their chances. [News12 LI]
- David Pagnotta reported that Robin Lehner agreed to a five-year deal with the Golden Knights, but Lehner denied the report. [NHL]
- NHL free agency will open at noon on October 9. As we all expected. [NHL]
- A long-time Canadiens scout believes that an under-the-radar trade legendary GM Sam Pollock made with the Colorado Rockies in 1976 was meant to target Wayne Gretzky if he was forced to enter the 1980 NHL Draft. [TSN]
- It’s starting to look a lot like the ugly early 2000s for the Penguins. I don’t like them, but I don’t want to see them suffer financially. [PensBurgh]