Man, that should have been the New York Islanders eking out a win that they do not deserve against the Montreal Canadiens—not the Tampa Bay Lightning. I truly hate the Lightning and how they always find ways to win, even when they do not play well.
That team probably is going to win a second straight Stanley Cup. I guess that we can take solace in that the only team that the Islanders seemingly cannot beat is the back-to-back champion. But that is a small consolation.
- Noel yesterday published a story about his favorite Coliseum memories. [LHH]
- The Islanders are looking forward to a normal season starting in October. [Newsday]
- Ilya Sorokin exceeded Islanders fans’ expectations this season. He was excellent during the regular season when called upon and helped them win a playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [Empire Sports Media]
- LISTEN: Andrew Gross welcomed back Neil Best to look ahead to the offseason. I’m all backed up on my podcasts! [Island Ice Ep. 105]
- LISTEN: Chris King was the latest guest on Talkin’ Isles. [Islanders]
- Borrelli’s was the spot during this playoff run. Despite moving to Belmont, Borrelli’s likely will continue to be the spot for Isles fans. [News 12]
- More on the Islanders holding their preseason games in Bridgeport. I like that the true last game at the Coliseum was Game 6. [CT Post]
Beyond Long Island
Despite being doubled up in shots-on-goal, the Lightning took Game 2 from the Canadiens and built a 2-0 series lead.
- Marc-Andre Fleury won that ever-so-elusive Vezina Trophy for the first time in his career. There have been talks that he will be traded for cap relief. But he wants to retire with the Vegas Golden Knights. [The Athletic]
- The Chicago Blackhawks are working with long-time stud defenseman Duncan Keith to send him to Western Canada or the Pacific Northwest, according to the scuttlebutt. [Sportsnet]
- ‘Hawks captain Jonathan Toews missed the whole season, previously for reasons unknown. He likely had COVID-19, but it seemed to kickstart some immune disorder. He hopes to be back for the start of next season, though. [The Athletic]
- The Arizona Coyotes seem poised to hire Andre Tourigny as their next head coach. Good. Keep your damn hands off Lane Lambert, pal! [Sportsnet]