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NYHN Daily: Islanders Barzal Fined, Lamoriello Wins GM of Year & More



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The New York Islanders look to force a Game 7 tonight as they host the Tampa Bay Lightning down three games to two. After Mat Barzal was given a game misconduct and a major cross-checking penalty, NHL Player Safety gave him the maximum fine meaning he can play tonight. For the first time in NHL history, a general manager has won the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award twice. That general manager is Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello, who has won the award now in back-to-back years. These stories and more in today’s daily links!

New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal escaped any major supplementary discipline from the NHL for his cross-check to the face of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta. He was assessed only a $5,000, which is the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said that he hadn’t heard anything from the league when he addressed reporters Tuesday afternoon. Trotz indicated that the NHL Department of Player Safety would usually give the team a heads up if any punishment was going to be handed down or if they were looking at the play. (NYI Hockey Now)

Lou Lamoriello became the first general manager to win the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award twice in NHL history. Lamoriello was the recipient of the award in 2020 after the New York Islanders reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 1993. The Hall of Fame executive is in his third season with the Islanders after joining the organization from Toronto. (NYI Hockey Now)

There wasn’t much the Islanders could say Tuesday, a day after the 8-0 thrashing they suffered at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday at Amalie Arena that pushed them to the brink of elimination in the NHL semifinals. Really, the only thing they could say after what was the worst playoff loss in team history, was that they have no doubt they will be better in Game 6 Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum than they were on Monday in Tampa. (Newsday)

All professional athletes have deep wells of pride, or they would not be professional athletes. But there are times those wells must be plumbed more deeply than others. This is one of those times for the Islanders. Look, the odds are against them beating the Lightning twice in a row to advance to the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay has not lost consecutive playoff games since a first-round sweep by the Blue Jackets in 2019. While it is not an impossible task, it is a formidable one. But there will be time for that discussion before a potential Game 7 on Friday. (Newsday)

The New York Islanders are determined to reclaim their identity when they host Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.  After an out-of-character sloppy performance in an 8-0 loss in Game 5 on Monday left it trailing the best-of-7 series, New York knows it must get back to its defensive structure and total team commitment to force Game 7 at Tampa Bay on Friday. (NHL)

The New York Islanders and if it’s realistic to think they can win two games in a row against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Semifinals was a big topic of conversation on the latest episode of the “NHL @TheRink” podcast. Brian Compton, who covers the Islanders for, joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke to break down the Islanders and the Lightning, who will play Game 6 of their series at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday. (NHL)

This is the first in an intermittent offseason series of articles looking at impending Boston Bruins free agents and whether they will be “staying or going” when it comes time for the B’s to make a decision. The Case: It’s been a largely successful run for Sean Kuraly as a fourth-liner in Boston over the last four seasons. (Boston Hockey Now)

A rookie has never been named the GM of the Year in NHL and that run continued Tuesday. Despite a rousing first season, Bill Zito of the Florida Panthers finished third in the voting for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year. Lou Lamoriello, GM of the New York Islanders, won the award for the second consecutive year. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Detroit Red Wings will be looking hard at the NHL’s crop of UFA goalies. They’ll also be pondering when to draft a goalie, perhaps even spending one of their two first-round picks on a netminder. They could also opt to trade for help between the posts. There’s an interesting dynamic at work in the first round of the 2021 NHL entry draft that could set up nicely for a Red Wings-Columbus Blue Jackets deal. (Detroit Hockey Now)