Though the cannon rang out a few times, the New York Islanders were left standing when the horn buzzed last night. The Islanders will try to finish out the home-and-home sweep over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night back on Long Island. (Brendan Burke, are you reading?)
Read on to learn tales of the heat of Brock Nelson and the courage of Semyon Varlamov.
(Almost) all about last night:
- It was a lot of holding on and hanging on. [LHH]
- Things got a little hairy as one of the best comeback teams in the league chipped away at a 4-1 lead. But Varlamov slammed the door, making 15 saves in the third period alone. [3 Takeaways]
- How often this month have we said “Brock Nelson and Anders Lee lead Isles to victory?” Because it must be often. [Newsday]
- Nelson, whose goal last night was the 200th of his career, now sports a 13-7–20 line for the month of March with one game still to go. [NYI Skinny]
- Ilya Sorokin won’t be out long and will probably be on the ice shortly. [Newsday]
- It was Matt Martin’s 800th game last night.
Last night’s NHL scores included some potential playoff previews, like the Rangers beating the Penguins or the Avalanche beating the Flames.
- Also, the Maple Leafs beat the Bruins, but not before watching a 6-1 lead dwindle down to a 6-4 lead. [Sportsnet]
- Nathan MacKinnon for some reason fought Matt Dumba on Sunday, and the reason I always add “for some reason” in this context reared its ugly head: MacKinnon seems to have suffered a pretty serious injury from it. [Sportsnet]
- Gary Bettman, the wise mouthpiece that he is, does not view cap manipulation via LTIR as much of an issue. Teams are good at it, you see. [ESPN]
- That was at the GMs meetings, and so is this: Bettman will speak with Eugene Melnyk’s daughters and estate regarding the next steps for the Senators’ ownership. [Sportsnet]
- EA Sports launches its new NHL 22 patch today, and here are some notes on it.
- More and more the whispers grow: Mark Scheifele, first Winnipeg Jet 2.0 and big Josh Bailey fan, may not be a Jet much longer. [Sportsnet]