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Islanders Capture 2-1 Series Lead with 3-1 Win Over Flyers

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A strong second period and goals from Matt Martin, Leo Komarov and Anders Lee lifted the New York Islanders to a 3-1 Game 3 victory, and 2-1 series lead over the Philadelphia Flyers.

It was Komarov’s late second-period goal that gave the Islanders their first lead of the game and helped lead to the eventual win. Derick Brassard, who was back in the lineup for the first time since Game 4 of the First Round, forced a turnover behind the Flyers net. Brassard was able to get the puck to the front of the net and Komarov’s backhander squeaked through Carter Hart.

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The goal was Komarov’s first of the playoffs and his first goal in a game since Feb. 21 against Detroit.

Anders Lee added the Islanders third goal of the night on the power play. The goal extended Lee’s goal streak to three games and it was his sixth of the playoffs.

The Islanders bounced back with a win following a tough overtime loss in game 2. New York has not lost consecutive games int he postseason this year.

“You have that opportunity to regroup you have to understand the position that you’re in the series,” Anders Lee said about the trend. “You expect long series and you can’t dwell on the past because another game is coming. … After a loss you have to be the team that wants it the next night.”

The Islanders won a second game in the Second Round for the first time since 1993. It was the second consecutive game that the Islanders rallied from a first-period deficit.

It was a strong middle period that turned the tide of the game. The Flyers had taken the momentum in the first period, but The Islanders put up 15 shots in the second and scored twice to eliminate the 1-0 Philly lead.

“Ideally we dominate for a full 60 minutes, but that’s easier said than done,” Matt Martin said. “They’re going to have their pushes. We’re going to have ours. Obviously we’d like to get off to better starts, but we hung in there. Varly made some key saves and then we kind of regrouped in the intermission. Talked things over and came out and got to our game.”

Semyon Varlamov was back in net for the Islanders after being pulled in Game 2. Varlamov made 26 saves in the win and the Islanders continued their streak of holding opponents to less than 30 shots on net.

The Islanders finished the game with 29 shots of their own on net.

“It was an important game for us,” Varlamov said about his effort. “For our team and for me especially after Game 2. I didn’t play well. … I learned from the mistakes and had a good practice yesterday.”

Philadelphia scored the opening goal of the game with 5:42 left in the first period. Tyler Pitlick fired a shot from just above the far faceoff circle that got by Varlamov. The Islanders netminder had traffic in front of the net and couldn’t see the shot.

Martin even the game at one with a goal 7:12 into the second period. Matt Barzal was able to feed Martin in front of the net for the goal.

The goal was Martin’s third of the playoffs and continued a trend that saw the Islanders win in each game the fourth-liner has scored in.

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Coach Boychuk? Former Defenseman Helps Coaches During Islanders Practice

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Johnny Boychuk

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — There was a familiar face on the ice at Northwell Ice Center. Johnny Boychuk helped out the New York Islanders coaching staff during Saturday’s practice as the team prepared for Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

Boychuk ended his 13 year NHL career in November due to an eye injury and was placed on LTIR at the start of this season. Saturday was not Boychuk’s first time on the ice for practice, having worked with the taxi squad players and he had been on the ice at times during training camp.

Boychuk has been seen around the organization publically several times this week. On Monday, the MSG broadcast caught Boychuk sitting next to Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello in a suite at Nassau Coliseum.

His continued presence around the Islanders organization has been a welcomed one by the rest of the team.

“It’s great for us. We love Johnny,” Josh Bailey said after practice. “We’ll take him as much as we can get him. It would have been tough to just more or less go cold turkey and not see him. He’s been such a big part of our dressing room for a long time. To get to have him out on the ice with us and to see him on a daily basis has been really great.”

Additionally, Boychuk had been skating with Mathew Barzal while he and the team sorted out his new contract the first week of training camp.


Josh Bailey became the first Islander to deal head-on with a COVID-related issue this season.

The veteran forward missed a day of practice this week and was briefly on the COVID-protocol list before returning to the lineup the following day. Bailey, along with the rest of the team, has been adhering to the COVID protocols, but potentially came into contact with the virus after his youngest son’s teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

A few days later when Bailey went to check on his son he noticed that he sounded a little sick and had a bit of a cough, the Islanders forward said. They had him tested and it came back positive for the virus.

The result ended up being a false positive and Bailey’s son tested negative twice over the following two days.

“For a couple of days there it was touch and go, but at the same time it all worked out,” Bailey said.

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BACK AT THE BARN: What It Was Like Being at an Empty Nassau Coliseum for a Game

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Prior to this week, the last time the New York Islanders had stepped foot on Nassau Coliseum ice was March 7, 2020. While it was only 10 months ago, in retrospect it seems like a lifetime ago.

COVID-19 had only just started to creep into the sports universe. What would transpire a week later wasn’t even imaginable at the time. So there was a sense of familiarity and brief normalcy when I walked into the Coliseum on Monday afternoon for the Islanders home opener against the Boston Bruins.

under normal circumstances, in January I am usually fully engulfed in the Islanders season. Weekends are planned around game and practice coverage, or that odd trip on the road with the Islanders. Instead, the first few months of the traditional hockey season were spent wondering if there would even be hockey games to cover at all.

To say I was looking forward to being at Monday’s game would be an understatement.

Nassau Coliseum exterior Walking into the Nassau Coliseum you were quickly reminded of the current state of the world. Signs about the need to wear a mask at all times inside the building were everywhere, as were Purell hand sanitizing stations. Security checked our temperature at the door and media members and staff entering had to fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire.

It’s a similar procedure for those of us that attend Islanders practices in person, so it had become a sort of second nature.

What was the most jarring thing on Monday was the quiet of the arena. Those of us covering games aren’t allowed into the Coliseum until an hour before game time, which would mean during normal times that the concourse would be bustling with fans and vendors selling overpriced beer and pretzels.

You would move at a snail’s pace trying to walk from the media gate to the press box elevators. Instead, it was a brisk walk onto the concourse and into the inner bowl where they have us set up to watch the games from. If there is any silver lining, then it’s the fact that we’re down a bit lower than where the Coliseum press box is, but I still enjoy watching from above to see how plays develop and get a different angle on the game.

The Islanders tried to keep the game presentation the same as they would if the building had been packed with fans. They blasted the music during warmups and during a stoppage of play — albeit at noticeably lower decibel than previously — pump-up videos were on the video board and goals and penalties were announced by the public address announcer.

Cardboard fans

And they pumped in crowd noise, which wasn’t all that bad and helped keep some figment of a normal game experience. When the Islanders faced the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, the volume of the crowd noise did not go over so well, but Monday on Long Island, it was done just right.

In fact, on Thursday during the Islanders 4-1 win over New Jersey, the fake crowd noise was almost nonexistent.

To that end, what was the oddest part of the whole experience so far was the emptiness of the Nassau Coliseum. Sure, people have their jokes about how empty the building has been in years past when the team wasn’t doing well, but at its best, the Coliseum is one of the toughest places to play in the NHL

In large part due to the fans that inhabit it. Adjusting to the calm and quiet, except for the music and fake noise, was something that took time.

Through all of the oddities, it was good to be back in an NHL rink.

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Barzal Dazzles, Drives Isles in Win Over New Jersey | NYHN+

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Mathew Barzal

If there were any concerns about Mathew Barzal’s game because of his late arrival to training camp, the 23-year-old has quickly dispelled them with his dominant play on Thursday night.

It was Barzal’s three points (1g, 2a) along with linemate Jordan Eberle’s two goals that pushed the Islanders to a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum.

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