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Islanders News: Turnovers and tomfoolery

The Islanders finally scored in front of Varlamov, but not until the Avalanche had already put the game out of reach

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Colorado Avalanche v New York Islanders
Another one of those deals, isn’t it.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Last night played out in somewhat surprising ways but with completely unsurprising results. At least Anders Lee notched a couple of nice goals in his return, and we got to see Devon Toews do what he does best, for old time’s sake.

Islanders News

About last night:

  • Well, that escalated quickly. [LHH]
  • Three Takeaways: Wasted a big night for Varlamov before the dam broke. [Isles]
  • The Avs were impressed by Varly and were hoping it was just a matter of time. [NHL]
  • 49 shots on Varlamov, who deserved better. [Newsday]
  • Familiar turnover problems bite the Isles. [Post]

Thus Spaketh Trotz: “Without our goaltender, it could’ve been ugly. It was ugly for a while. Varly was the best player for both teams.”

  • Will Varlamov be on the move at the deadline? [Newsday]
  • On what responsibility (and when) Oliver Wahlstrom should be granted, including interesting observations from his former coach (and longtime NHLer) Dave Poulin. [Athletic]
  • On the reunion of Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock. [Post]
  • Bridgeport’s arena, which is currently named after some financial institution, will now be named after some other financial institution. [LHH | Isles]
  • Mat Barzal’s absence, a Catch-22? [Post]


Last night’s other scores include a Battle of Alberta (the Flames won, Toffoli scored twice) and the Kings dumping the Bruins, among other finals.

  • Tom Fitzgerald remembers getting “the talk” from GMs, so he’s practiced at giving it to deadline-facing players like Kyle Palmieri, Andy Greene, and this year, P.K. Subban. [Athletic]
  • Don’t act like you haven’t thought about it: Are the Avalanche and Panthers loading up for a rematch of 1996 and the Uwe Krupp Cup winner? [Sportsnet]
  • With the Putin-led Russian Federation committing unsolicited atrocities against a neighbor it calls a “brother” on a daily basis, the NHL has all but severed ties with the KHL. [Daily Faceoff | AP]
  • The Alberta teams are preparing for a visit from the Capitals and Putin-aligned Alex Ovechkin, which means they may need to rein in fan demonstrations. [Sportsnet]
  • An international studies expert discusses the risks of Russian players speaking out against Putin, or being affected by international sanctions. [TSN]
  • The Panthers are pleased with their goaltending and think it will do just fine. [NHL]
  • The Red Wings celebrated Danny DeKeyser’s birthday by putting him on waivers. [WIIM]
  • Unfortunately I work (partly) in marketing, and thus I must both understand and apologize for this lengthy presentation on “rebranding” the Stanley Cup’s (non-physical) “visual identity” and team-based “word marks” in order to “protect the brand” and what-not. [NHL media]