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The New York Islanders were defeated by the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-3 (SO) on Thursday night. Zdeno Chara and Zach Parise reached significant career milestones. Islanders forward Mathew Barzal has been rather disciplined this season. The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun says the Montreal Canadiens are going hunting this offseason.

These stories and more in today’s Rosner’s Wrap:

On a historic night in San Jose, the New York Islanders were defeated by the San Jose Sharks 4-3 in a shootout. The Islanders move to 19-20-8 on the season, 9-10-4 on the road. Zdeno Chara made history, Zach Parise hits a big milestone, and Nelson stayed hot. (NYI Hockey Now)

When the puck was dropped on Thursday night in San Jose, New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara set a new NHL record for most games played by a defenseman in NHL history. The 44-year old has now played in 1,652 games (regular season), passing Hall of Famer Chris Chelios. (NYI Hockey Now)

This season the New York Islanders have sputtered, coughed (literally), and struggled to keep pace in the Metro Division and Eastern Conference. The Islanders have 46 points in 45 games and currently sit 17 points out of a wild-card spot 5 Reasons the New York Islanders have struggled this season: (NYI Hockey Now)

At 7:28 of the third period in the New York Islanders game against the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday night, Islanders forward Mathew Barzal was penalized for hooking Kraken’s defenseman Adam Larsson. For a player that has had discipline issues over his career, it seemed like it had been a while since the 24-year old broke the NHL rulebook. (NYI Hockey Now)

Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk broke his silence with the media after elevating his NHL trade value to another level Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win for the Bruins over the Seattle Kraken. After being elevated to the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron Wednesday, in what many believed to be a showcase for NHL trade suitors, DeBrusk delivered arguably his best game of the season. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Pittsburgh Penguins gave up the game’s first goal just over one minute after the opening puck drop. Jesper Bratt scored twice before the first period was seven minutes old, and the New Jersey Devils led 3-0. For time-conscious fans who like to get a jump on traffic, the Penguins blowout loss added many more cars to the construction-laden 5th Ave. maze as fans poured out of PPG Paints Arena throughout the third period. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

For the first time since mid-December, the Florida Panthers lost their second straight game in regulation and suffered just their fifth game at home. This time, it was a 6-2 loss to a Columbus Blue Jackets team which came in looking for revenge on Thursday. (Florida Hockey Now)

Second-line Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes could return as early as late next week, interim coach Mike Yeo said after Thursday’s practice in Voorhees. Hayes last played Jan. 17, and has missed the last 13 games because of an injury to his adductor region (core area). He has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 20 games this season. (Philly Hockey Now)

According to TSN Insider Pierre Lebrun, the Montreal Canadiens are going to be very active this summer, especially once the free agent market opens on July 13th. Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes had previously indicated that he wasn’t looking to build a team that would be competing for a top lottery pick every year, but rather a team built for sustained success. Lebrun’s report seems to fall directly in line with that line of thinking. (Montreal Hockey Now)

Thursday was not the Washington Capitals’ night. In their first game back from a bye week, Washington hoped to keep the momentum from back-to-back wins before the break going in a key Metropolitan Division matchup against the New York Rangers. Here are all the takeaways from the 4-1 defeat. (Washington Hockey Now)

It’s not every day an NHLer breaks a record, but if you’re Zdeno Chara, it’s business as usual. With such an illustrious career as his, record-breaking is par for the course.  The New York Islanders’ season has been anything but idyllic, but Chara, who was drafted by the Islanders in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and rejoined the team on a one-year deal this season, is making the best of it. (San Jose Hockey Now)

On Thursday night the Vancouver Canucks destroyed the Calgary Flames by a score of 7-1. The Canucks scored in every situation, Even Strength, power play, shorthanded, and on a penalty shot. Here’s the madness. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

After the Calgary Flames allowed a season-high seventh goal, a fan wearing a Johnny Gaudreau jersey was shown walking slowly, somberly toward the exit. His heroes’ spirits had left the building long before that point of the third period. In the end, the Flames fell 7-1 to their Pacific Division rival Vancouver Canucks. (Calgary Hockey Now)


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