It was bound to happen sometime, and odds were good that it would be a “just one of those nights” affair. As the nine-game win streak ended in Washington, none of the things that can go either way went the Isles’ way, and they did a fair bit of self harm.
The streak is over, long live the streak. It was a fun run. The Islanders finish it still in a tie for first place with the Capitals, who delivered the streak-ending blow and continued their supremacy in this season’s series. Now a new and interesting set begins with the Flyers, who are just on the outside of the playoff picture and are having a bit of an identity crisis.
- About last night: Between the missed opportunities early and the bad penalties throughout, it was a frustrating end to the streak. [LHH | Newsday | Isles | Milestone night for Ovechkin: NHL | Japers’ Rink]
Barry Trotz? Not happy with Mathew Barzal’s penalty. (You knew he would take the brunt of the team’s many bad penalties.)
Trotz on Barzal sitting the first 8:14 of the 3rd. "It absolutely is sending a message... He leads our team in penalties and he can't be doing that." #Isles— Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) March 17, 2021
️ Trotz Postgame Availability ️ pic.twitter.com/suF8gM6YG4— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) March 17, 2021
- J-G Pageau was back from a one-game Covid protocol absence; Noah Dobson remains out and was replaced by Sebastian Aho again. [Newsday]
- On their latest Islanders Anxiety podcast, Dan and Mike mourn the injury to Anders Lee, share bemusement at national attention finally falling upon the Islanders, and wonder how ESPN/Disney will treat the NHL this time around. [LHH]
- The Sabres are a mess. But Adam Pelech is getting noticed, and worthy of several thoughts. [31 Thoughts - Sportsnet]
- Arthur Staple and AJ on the streak, Anders Lee’s injury, and trade deadline options. [No Sleep Till Belmont podcast]
- Andrew Gross also discussed some of those topics, plus an interesting discussion on how climate change will affect hockey, which tends to thrive with the presence of ice. [Newsday]
- Before last night’s game, Staple discussed the Isles with Isles Believer (and unsigned Isles draft pick of yore) Mike Rupp:
Mike Rupp on the #Isles wagon since the start!— SiriusXM NHL Network Radio (@SiriusXMNHL) March 16, 2021
Today on @SiriusXMNHL The Power Play: Arthur Staple @StapeAthletic joined @stevekouleas and @Rupper17 to talk about the East Division-leading @NYIslanders 9-game win streak and reasons for their success.
: https://t.co/TBsGg5uF9f pic.twitter.com/cAvuOR0oJ0
Last night’s NHL scores include the Devils getting some of that tasty Sabres tonic in a reverse-retro vs. reverse retro match, and the Penguins losing to the Bruins (and losing Evgeni Malkin to a first-period injury).
- Could the Sabres take advantage of the Islanders’ tight cap and help themselves to Pelech, Anthony Beauvillier or Ilya Sorokin through free agency? [Buffalo News]
- Before he abruptly left the Penguins this season, Jim Rutherford really wanted to bring Marc-Andre Fleury back from Vegas. [PensBurgh]
- The Leafs are ready to spend futures in the trade market [NHL | TSN], the Jets may shop too, and the Sharks need to figure out how to retool with what they have. [Sportsnet]
- What is hot ticket Mattias Ekholm’s trade value? [Sportsnet]
- What to expect from Vitali Kravtsov, the 2018 Rangers 1st-rounder who’s now headed over from the KHL? [Athletic]
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Oilers are not discussing an extension. [TSN]
- Artemi Panarin is glad to be back, and to put Russian tabloid junk behind him. [NHL]
- Marc Bergevin says the Canadiens have to make the playoffs. Looking at that division, I mean duh...[TSN]
- Who might replace Ralph Krueger when the inevitable comes? Nice (selfishly) to not see Lane Lambert mentioned. [Athletic]
- Three questions for the Senators as they rebuild. [TSN]