The New York Islanders aren’t counting their chickens before they hatch.
As they stated after Sunday’s win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3, closing out a series is never easy. The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and came within a game of sweeping the Florida Panthers in the Qualifying Round.
“Trying to close a team out and their season is one of the toughest things,” Brock Nelson said. “They’re going to come hard. We have to raise the level to finish the job. We got ourselves in a good spot, but the work isn’t done yet.”
The Islanders had everyone on the ice during Monday’s practice and it’s unlikely that Trotz will make any changes to the lineup for Game 4.
While the New York Islanders prepared for Game 4 in Toronto, one fan back on Long Island helped raise over $4,000 to pay for a banner to fly over Toronto to show support for the Isles. That was well beyond the dollar amount that they expected to raise from the Go Fund Me page.
NYI Hockey Now also took a look at the impact Barry Trotz had on the Islanders organization.
Hockey secrecy is hurting NHL Players and Evgeni Malkin is just the latest example. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins tooka 3-1 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes with a 4-3 win on Monday. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Colorado Avalanche have been dominating the Arizona Coyotes in their First Round matchup. (Colorado Hockey Now)
A look down memory lane and the highest draft pick that the San Jose Sharks never signed. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Around the Island
The Islanders broadcast crew has been plenty busy between calling Islanders games and then being on the call at NBCSN. (Newsday)
There was plenty of love for Jean-Gabriel Pageau and what he’s brought to the Islanders. (NY Post)
Seven Takeaways from Arthur Staple as the Islanders have pushed the Capitals to the brink. (The Athletic)