The Islanders came back to force overtime in Philadelphia again, lost in OT again, at least salvaged that point again, and finished the five-game trip without a win.
Each loss on the trip had some variation to its character while also some common threads that may define this season if it ends up as disappointing as its first month.
But there is time, the Islanders are “fighting through it” in Barry Trotz’s words, and the next opportunities are a pair back home against the Sabres this week.
- About last night: another comeback required, another loss in OT. Some curious lineup changes with the debut of Austin Czernik and Dmytro Timashov (the latter was sat for the second half of the game). [Steve with our LHH recap | Isles | Newsday | NYI Hockey Now]
- Penalties by Mathew Barzal, who was in the box for the OT winner, have been a concern. [Newsday]
- Who is Joel Farabee and why does he hate us so? He’s the first Flyer to score a hat trick against the Islanders since...Vincent Lecavalier?! [NYI Skinny]
- Several things have not been sustained from the Islanders’ performance in the playoff bubble. [Newsday]
- Injury update from Trotz over the weekend: “No timeline” on Anthony Beauvillier, but possibly we’ll see him sometime next week.
- PTIsles Podcast: Noel and Joe discussed where things were heading after those losses to the Capitals. [Spotify]
Dmytro Timashov did not play in either the third period or in overtime in his #Isles debut.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) February 1, 2021
Bellows has had more SOGs at 5v5 in his last two games (6 in 22 minutes) than the entire bottom-9 had tonight.— Travis Flynn (@NDRedEagle) February 1, 2021
"You have to fight through it. It's a little bit hard to work through, but in the end, you will be a better team from it."— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 1, 2021
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Last night’s other NHL scores included the Devils beating the Sabres in regulation.
- Six assists last night for Leon Draisaitl, not all of them strictly McDavid-related. [TSN]
- Wild prospect Marco Rossi, who had COVID while playing in Switzerland but came to North America for the World Juniors, will not play this season. Further screening has revealed something. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Don’t know if you much care about the Penguins GM search, but Canadiens assistant GM Scott Mellanby has withdrawn from consideration. [TSN]
- Trouble in Redpants Land: Alexandar Georgiev and Anthony DeAngelo (since put on waivers), evidently came to blows, as confirmed by multiple outlets. The team has denied some of the other scuttlebutt around the drama. [Blueshirt Banter]