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Islanders News: A much-needed win

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Eberle nets two and Lee scores the winner in Varly’s 500th

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders
You have been beaten by Cal Clutterbuck.
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It was back and forth, it was nerve-wracking, and it ended with a late winner by the captain rebounding a Ryan Pulock blast. Also, Semyon Varlamov robbed Sidney Crosby: not a bad return to play after a week off thanks to opponents doing the Covid.

The Islanders still wake up today in a four-way tie for fifth, or last, place in the Patrick Atlantic Metro East...uh, whatever their division is, but they’re also now just one point behind the Penguins after defeating them 4-3 last night.

More importantly, they ended their winless streak, which is good for the soul.

Islanders News

  • About last night: At last, it was happiness! [LHH | Newsday | NHL | NYI Hockey Now |
  • Trotz was pleased with the power play: “That may have been one of our best power plays,” Trotz said. “They had a really good attack mentality, retrievals and that was huge.” [Isles]
  • I’m not going to lie, I remember when Semyon Varlamov was a “maybe he’ll make it?” prospect in D.C. and I’m feeling old seeing all these guys — and a goalie — reach his 500th game. [Newsday]

Probably won’t last, but Michael Dal Colle got a nice opportunity with Jordan Eberle and it paid off with assists on both of Eberle’s goals.

Eberle, by the way, is off to a hot start...

This save last night though {goalie kiss}:

Elsewhere

Last night’s other NHL scores included...no other divisional games because all of our foes are in Covid protocol.

  • With so many postponements, the NHL is looking at increasing rapid testing for Covid. [Sportsnet]
  • Tough blow for the Blue Jackets as Zach Werenski goes on IR. [ESPN]
  • Anton Khudobin did a bad bad thing. We don’t know what it was but it is against team rules so he sits. [NHL]
  • After a scratch, want-away Sam Bennett returned to the Flames lineup, but the most important question here, really, is how might this affect the Leafs? [Sportsnet]
  • The Flyers had an artist live-paint Gritty during a game, Titanic-style, and it was surreal. [NHL]
  • Jarome Iginla’s children are traitors because kids are monsters. [Sportsnet]

And finally, happy Super Bowl day, to those who celebrate. I don’t know who’s playing, because the NHL’s Canadian Division overshadows everything.