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Islanders Wrap: Can’t Hold On in Colorado, Devon Toews Trade & More

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The New York Islanders return home for a six-game homestand today, which kicks off Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks. On Tuesday night, the Islanders could not hold on as they blew a 3-2 in their 5-3 loss against the Colorado Avalanche. What if the Islanders chose to keep defenseman Devon Toews?

These stories and more in today’s Islanders Wrap.

The New York Islanders, after shutting out the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, made too many mistakes against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and fell by a score of  5-3. The Islanders move to 20-22-8 on the season, 11-14-4 on the road. (NYI Hockey Now)

What if the New York Islanders never parted ways with then restricted free agent Devon Toews back on Oct. 12 of 2020 for a 2021 and a 2022 second-round pick? Stefen takes a look back at the trade, what happened with those pics, the what-if game and more. (NYI Hockey Now)

With Jake DeBrusk’s value on the NHL trade market seemingly soaring through the roof, his agent made it clear, via TSN Insider Pierre LeBrun, Tuesday, that there has not been a change of heart from the Boston Bruins winger on his desire to be traded. (Boston Hockey Now)

It’s not an official rematch of the recent Olympics women’s gold medal game won by Canada over the United States in Beijing, but something called the “Rivalry Rematch” is coming to Pittsburgh, the Penguins, and the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) announced Tuesday. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

So much for the Philadelphia Flyers building momentum from their hard-earned win Saturday over Washington. The momentum disappeared Tuesday when the Flyers failed to click on a five-on-three power play. Again. Edmonton Oilers 3, Philadelphia Flyers 0. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Florida Panthers added to their defensive depth on Monday by signing Finnish Gold Medalist Petteri Lindbohm. Lindbohm, 28, had been playing for Jokerit of the KHL but was available after that team pulled out of the KHL playoffs after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals are adding another forward to their arsenal. Washington has signed Seattle Thunderbirds forward and free agent Henrik Rybinski (AKA Henry Rybinski) to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday. Rybinski will remain with the Thunderbirds this season, and his contract will begin in the 2022-23 campaign. March 1 is the first day that teams can sign free agent prospects to entry-level deals that begin next year. (Washington Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens were down by four goals with less than 10 minutes played in the first period; reminding many of the teams’ defensive woes during the first half of the season. However, the Canadiens had other plans, roaring back to score four unanswered goals, three of which came from veteran winger Josh Anderson. However, Anderson’s first career hattrick was spoiled by the Canadiens running into penalty trouble in the 2nd and 3rd periods, and it eventually sunk them. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Today was a special night for many reasons. The Avs took on the New York Islanders for the first time this season, Devon Toews faced off against his former team and Jack Johnson hit 1,000 NHL games played. On such a special night where he was presented with the famous silver stick, his best friend from his youth, Justin Spiro, was there. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights have started the months of March off on the right foot as they defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1 Tuesday night. Head coach Peter DeBoer earned his 500th career NHL win. “I liked our whole game. When I reflect back on the 500th win I think what I am going to like the most is that it was a Pete DeBoer-type game. We didn’t give them a lot. I thought we smothered them” said DeBoer. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks head into T-Mobile Arena to take on the Vegas Golden Knights. San Jose is trying to avoid losing their 11th straight, dating back to 2019-20, to Vegas. Noah Gregor snapped a personal slump — he scored his first goal since Jan. 26 — but the Sharks lost James Reimer to injury and they fell to the Golden Knights 3-1. (San Jose Hockey Now)

While the Canucks season as a whole turned around with the arrival of new head coach Bruce Boudreau in early December, the campaign for Vancouver Canucks back-up goalie Jaroslav Halak remains somewhat of a personal disaster. Through the first half of the season his team wouldn’t score him any goals, at least not enough for him to earn wins. Lately however, Halak’s hit a wall. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

If the home-and-home series between the Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild was any indication of the kind of hockey we’ll see in the playoffs, the sweep is a good indication of what the Flames are capable of. Following up Saturday’s 7-3 win at the Saddledome, the Flames beat the Wild again in St. Paul on Tuesday with a 5-1 final. (Calgary Hockey Now)

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