The New York Islanders won their fourth consecutive game for the first time this season, a delayed success that would’ve sounded pretty preposterous — no matter what you thought of their chances — back in October. I mean, any team can win four in a row just by stumbling into some luck. But it took the Islanders 68 games to get there.
They did it off the strength of four points and a hat trick for J-G Pageau and a very very deferred Isles debut for Cory Schneider, who faced his old team in Newark. Now they go on the road for real, starting Tuesday night in Dallas against old friend Rick Bowness and the Stars.
- The highlights, near-misses and post-game points of the Isles’ 4-3 win over the Devils. [LHH]
- Big day for J-G Pageau and Cory Schneider, with his first win since a pandemic ago. [Newsday]
- A spark for Schneider and the boys. [Post]
- “There’s a love for the game,” said Barry Trotz, part of lots of love for Schneider after his first start and win. [Isles]
- “I found out [Saturday] that I was going to be playing and was just trying to do my routine, not change a whole lot that I’ve done to have some success.” [NHL]
- Jack Hughes left the game after what was seen as a knee-on-knee hit (by Oliver Wahlstrom), but Barry Trotz called a clean hit. [Newsday]
- Getting shut out by the Islanders sent the Rangers soul-searching, which is always nice. [Post]
Yesterday’s start and win was a long time coming, and a poignant feeling for Schneider and family:
because you know, I had a few bounces, few breaks that went my way and I know he would love to have been here. Some of his brothers were here and their stepdad so that was a really nice feeling to have them here as well."— Stefen Rosner (@stefen_rosner) April 3, 2022
Yesterday’s other NHL scores include the Capitals getting dumped by the Wild in regulation.
- Leon Draisaitl gives the Oilers two players with 100 points (and 50 goals for him, too). [NHL]
- Brooks goes off: Whether from incompetence or a lack of tools to ref the modern game, NHL officiating is a mess and need a complete overhaul. [Post]
- DJ Smith says Travis Hamonic has fit in well in Ottawa and they could see his best over the next few years. [TSN]
- Sean Monahan’s season is done as he needs surgery for a torn hip labrum. [NHL]
- The Flyers did indeed finally end Keith Yandle’s ironman streak. [TSN]
- John Tavares breaks out of monotone code to express deep appreciation and yearning for international “best on best” hockey like the World Cup. [Sportsnet]
- During his brief and gong-accessorizing NHL career Tyson Nash went around running people and then often turtling, so I’m not a bit surprised that he’s acting like a tough guy behind the mic again. [Yahoo]