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Islanders News: Sorokin’s sprawl, Parise’s plan

The Islanders knock off the Rangers in regulation, always a welcome solace during tough times.

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New York Islanders v New York Rangers
Just here chilling after robbing you in your own house.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

In a season where the playoffs have become essentially if not yet mathematically out of reach, it’s nice to have nights where the Islanders disappoint the Garden partisans and put a dent in the Rangers’ hopes for home ice advantage in this coming spring’s first-round playoff loss.

It’s also nice when your goalie does this when your goalie does this. Go ahead, enjoy that Ilya Sorokin save one more time — or 10 more times. Your choice, really:

The Islanders are off today before another back-to-back weekend — both afternoon starts — with a home game vs. the Stars on Saturday and a trip to the Claude Giroux-less Flyers in Philly on Sunday. (He’s not been traded as of this posting, but he won’t be in the lineup.)

Islanders News

  • Three Takeaways: This feels hollow, but better than misery. The Isles’ point streak extends to five with wins in four of those. [Isles]
  • In a season to forget, a performance to remember. [LHH]
  • The Skinny: Lee’s goal streak extends to six games. (Maybe he should try on #22 instead of 27?) [Isles]
  • Zach Parise loves the opportunity he’s gotten with the Isles and hopes the relationship continues. [Newsday | Post]
  • Last night was more fuel for a budding friendly Russian goalie rivalry. [Newsday]
  • Stan Fischler remembers Jean Potvin, through his own eyes and quotes from others in his notebook like the late Al Arbour. [Isles]
  • Brian Boucher on the Sorokin save: “Never seen a paddle save like that.” [Athletic]

Elsewhere

Last night’s other NHL scores include the Capitals, Penguins and Leafs winning, so what’s the point of carrying on?

  • TRADE TALK: Counting down to the inevitable Giroux and Hampus Lindholm deals. [TSN]
  • Well that spoils some plans: Vegas finally ended its losing streak but lost Jack Eichel after he took a shot to the hand. [NHL]
  • Kyle Dubas doesn’t want to give up his first-round pick again but prices are high and the GM is on the clock. [Sportsnet]
  • But the Leafs have found their savior in goal after two starts. {pops popcorn} [Sportsnet]
  • The Predators are again engaging Filip Forsberg in hopes of re-signing him. [TSN]
  • March has been a miserable month for (some) NHL goalies. [TSN]
  • Why does Alex Ovechkin still have a social media profile shot of him smiling it up with Vladimir Putin? Concerns for his family safety back home. Putin is a despot, after all (but that’s not exactly news!). [TSN]
  • Speaking of which, the Russian ice hockey federation is protesting sanctions by the IIHF. [Sportsnet]