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The New York Islanders were shut down by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their Game 3 loss at Nassau Coliseum. The referees left their mark on this game, as the interference call on Islanders Adam Pelech turned into the game-winning goal for the Lightning.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Thursday in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at the Nassau Coliseum. Tampa Bay has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Tampa got their goals and played dominant defense to preserve their lead on the road. (NYI Hockey Now)

Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech was called for interference towards the end of the second period, a rather weak call, especially in the playoffs. As that power-play chance expired, with the second-period clock trickling down, the Lightning were able to score and take a lead. That penalty was the turning point of the game. (NYI Hockey Now)

Lou Lamoriello is vying to make a little history this year.The New York Islanders president and general manager could become the first two-time winner of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. Lamoriello was named a finalist for the award for the second consecutive year, along with Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens and Bill Zito of the Florida Panthers. (NYI Hockey Now)

Is it time for Islanders rookie Oliver Wahlstrom to enter the lineup? Will Anthony Beauvillier wake up? How about Nick Leddy? Arthur Staple gives his thoughts after the Islanders 2-1 loss in Game 3. (The Athletic)

Defense is the essence of the playoffs, limiting skating space and protecting the net. That is how teams win Stanley Cups, as the Lightning did last season. It’s what the Islanders’ success has been built upon and where their chances remain for rallying in this NHL semifinal series. But in Game 3, the Lightning out defended them. (Newsday)

Not all 2-1 series deficits are created equal, and this one feels different from the other two the Islanders have faced. Sure, they are capable of coming back against the Lightning even after a 2-1 loss on Thursday night in Game 3 of their Stanley Cup semifinal at Nassau Coliseum, just as they did against the Penguins and Bruins after losing Game 3s at home. But despite playing the defending Cup champions mostly evenly in defeat, it will be a daunting task to win three of the next four — let alone three in a row, as they did in the first two rounds. (Newsday)

Brayden Point scored for the sixth straight game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. Point’s shot while falling down in the right circle found its way through traffic and gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 20 seconds left in the second period. It would hold up as the game-winner. (NHL)

The New York Islanders’ toughest challenge in the Stanley Cup Semifinals has become trying to break through against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s stifling defense and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Despite their best efforts and controlling play for much of the final 33 minutes, the Islanders came up short in a 2-1 loss in Game 3 at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. New York has scored a total of five goals in the first three games and trails the defending Stanley Cup champions in the best-of-7 series heading into Game 4 at home Saturday. (NHL)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won four straight road games scoring eight goals. They’ve allowed three. “It’s not how many you put in the net, it’s how many you keep out,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after a 2-1 win against the New York Islanders in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. “That’s something we had to learn along the way. If you can hold a team to one goal, you’re giving yourself a chance to win the game. We did.” (NHL)

As one might expect, the core Boston Bruins players are among the most respected among their peers around the NHL. It was proven out again this season with several Bruins ranking high in the 2020-21 NHLPA Player Poll. Nearly 500 players were surveyed on 14 wide-ranging topics with the majority of players interestingly in favor of the baseball-style multi-game series schedule that was adopted this season where NHL teams would play back-to-back games in the same city. Patrice Bergeron and others made their way to the top of may polls. (Boston Hockey Now)

Well, he’s not a finalist for the Selke Trophy as the best two-way forward in the NHL, but Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been recognized by his peers as one of the most complete players. Crosby and Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, practically a Selke regular, tied atop the complete player category in the NHL Players Association annual poll of players, released Thursday. Crosby and Bergeron each received 23.78 percent of the vote, or 112 votes each. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

After a season in which his Florida Panthers set a franchise record for points percentage and were two points away from winning the Central Division title, Joel Quenneville was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for top coach during the 2021 NHL season. On Thursday night, it was announced Rod Brind’Amour — whose Carolina Hurricanes beat out the Panthers in the Central — won in a vote by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. (Florida Hockey Now)

Some Detroit Hockey Now readers believe that paying Luke Glendening $1 to stay with the Red Wings is too much. Fans are divided about whether GM Steve Yzerman should re-sign him. It truly depends on what their other key free agents will be getting if Yzerman decides to bring any of them back. (Detroit Hockey Now)

As the Vegas Golden Knights travel to Quebec for Games Three and Four of this Stanley Cup Semifinal series with the Montreal Canadiens, they do so with far more questions than answers. Why are the starts so slow? Why have the forwards not scored much, and beyond that been inconsistent at best? When will Vegas’ best players be its best players? Is Marc-Andre Fleury a superhero, alien, or alien superhero? (Vegas Hockey Now)

If you’re getting them for the fourth hole, wing or center, okay, not bad. But if you’re getting them for the third hole, that comes with a rosary.” That’s what one scout said about veteran UFA centers Travis Zajac, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard, Brandon Sutter, Derek Ryan, and Carl Soderberg. So the San Jose Sharks, in search of a reliable third-line center, should probably look elsewhere. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Rod Brind’Amour of the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday won the Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year as voted by members of the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. “This is a great honor to even be thought of in this category,” Brind’Amour said. “… I’m really proud to be accepting this on behalf of this organization.” (NHL)

Marc-Andre Fleury has worked his way up the NHL goalie leaderboard with a style and flair as unique as his personality, and Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Grant Fuhr are very much enjoying his journey. (NHL)

 

 

 

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