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Fantucchio’s Focus: Islanders OT Troubles; Latest On Jack Hughes’ Injury



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Good morning; my name is Andrew Fantucchio. It’s Sunday, November 5, and here’s what I’m focused on around the NHL today.

Islanders Lose In OT (Again):

For the second time this week, the New York Islanders lost in overtime after holding a two-goal lead to begin the third period. On Saturday night at UBS Arena, the Carolina Hurricanes rallied back from a 3-1 deficit, with Sebastian Aho scoring the OT winner.

Ilya Sorokin stopped 43 of 47 shots on goal as the Hurricanes had an insane 101 shot attempts.

In their last six regular season home games against Carolina, the Islanders are winless, sporting a 0-4-2 record. Their last win came when they still played at Barclays Center.

Sharks Give Up Ten Piece (Again):

For the second time this week, the San Jose Sharks gave up 10 goals in a loss. The Pittsburgh Penguins drowned the Sharks by a final score of 10-2 after San Jose lost by a similar score to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.

The 2023-24 Sharks are now the third team in the history of the NHL to give up 10 goals in back-to-back games and the first to do so in 58 years.

Hughes Avoids The Worst:

The entire state of New Jersey held its breath when they saw Jack Hughes crash into the boards and leave the Devils’ game early on Friday.

It appears now that Devils fans can exhale as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that Hughes has avoided the worst.

The NHL’s leading point scorer this season will still miss a period of time, though. The Devils are now without their two top centers for the time being as Hughes joins New Jersey captain Nico Hischier on the injury list.

Yesterday’s Scoreboard:

Hurricanes: 4, Islanders: 3 (OT)

Predators: 5, Oilers: 2

Jets: 5, Coyotes: 3

Red Wings: 5, Bruins: 4

Lightning: 6, Senators: 4

Blues: 6, Canadiens: 3

Sabres: 6, Maple Leafs: 4

Capitals: 2, Blue Jackets: 1

Kings: 5, Flyers: 0

Blackhawks: 5, Panthers: 2

Wild: 5, Rangers: 4 (SO)

Flames: 6, Kraken: 3

Canucks: 2, Stars: 0

Penguins: 10, Sharks: 2

Golden Knights: 7, Avalanche: 0

Today’s Schedule:

All Times EST

New Jersey Devils vs. Chicago Blackhawks, 7 p.m.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks, 8 p.m.

More From National Hockey Now:

Philadelphia: Cal Petersen’s return to action wasn’t very memorable. That and more takeaways from the Philadelphia Flyers loss last night.

Washington: After losing to the Islanders on Thursday, an early lead helped the Washington Capitals bounce back against the Blue Jackets.

Boston: Too many penalties lead to the first regulation loss of the season for the Boston Bruins.

Detroit: On the other side, the Detroit Red Wings won’t let their win over Boston go to their heads.

Montreal: Former first-overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky was a bright spot for the Montreal Canadiens in a loss last night.

Chicago: Inside the Chicago Blackhawks locker room following their win over the Panthers.

Vegas: The Vegas Golden Knights weren’t just given the Stanley Cup. They proved to be the NHL’s gold standard through hard work.




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