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NYHN Daily: Islanders Lackluster in Loss, Sorokin Struggles & More



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The New York Islanders fell to the Ovechkin-less Washington Capitals last night by a score of 6-3. It was not a pretty game for the Islanders to say the least as rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin struggled along with the rest of his team. This story and more on today’s daily links!

It was a rough start, an OK-ish middle and a bad end, and in total, it ended with a bad loss for the New York Islanders. Here are the takeaways.  (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders did not get enough out of their players last night and were never able to establish their brand of hockey in the loss. “I thought we were kind of all over the place at times,” defenseman Adam Pelech said. (Newsday)

The plan was always to start rookie goalie Ilya Sorokin on Saturday, but he had some shaky moments in the Islanders’ 6-3 loss to the Capitals at Nassau Coliseum. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins took four out of six points in a three-game series against the Sabres in Buffalo this week, but the points may have come at a cost. Bruins No. 1 center Patrice Bergeron was a surprise, last-minute scratch from Friday night’s 6-4 loss to the Sabres at KeyBank Arena and is “day-to-day” after taking a shot off his foot in Thursday night’s win in Buffalo.  (Boston Hockey Now)

It certainly wasn’t the most exciting Pittsburgh Penguins, and it wasn’t even the most dramatic game this week. Instead, the Penguins game was solid, steady, and measured until the third period. The Penguins coaches attempted to roll four lines, and the Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t play too well on Friday night, but their most recent first-round pick did. Tyson Foerster, the 23rd overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft, had yet another two-goal game on Friday night. He scored the Phantoms’ first two goals of the game in a 4-2 win against the Binghamton Devils. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Panthers found themselves down two goals early in the third period, but a shorthanded goal by Alex Wennberg tied the score and gave the Panthers a much-needed boost. That allowed Sasha Barkov to win it with a spectacular no-look shot to lead the Panthers to a 4-3 win just 24 seconds into overtime. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights lost two important forwards during the game on Saturday, as Tomas Nosek and Nicolas Roy left the game with separate issues and did not return. (Vegas Hockey Now)

If you had turned off the Avalanche game within the first three minutes, you probably left feeling great. And if you didn’t tune in for the rest of the period, you were lucky. After a quick 2-0 lead generated within the first three minutes of the game, the Avalanche fell apart and lost 5-3 to the St. Louis Blues. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks surprised Marleau with a nine-minute tribute video, narrated by long-time San Jose teammate, Joe Thornton. Owen Nolan, Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews, Mark Howe were among those who paid tribute to Mr. Shark. From Canada, Marleau’s parents, Denis and Denise, and his brother and sister also sent video messages. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Minnesota Wild clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Saturday. (NHL)

Artem Anisimov has played 770 NHL games as a forward, so seeing him fully dressed in goalie equipment in the Ottawa Senators locker room on Saturday generated a lot of laughter from his teammates. (NHL)

Jamie Benn scored at 32 seconds of overtime on the 52nd shot by the Dallas Stars for a 2-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday. (NHL)

Zack Kassian is week to week for the Edmonton Oilers because of a lower-body injury. The forward left during the first period of a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday after a check against Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber. (NHL)

Zach Bogosian will be out at least four weeks for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a shoulder injury and likely would miss the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NHL)

The Columbus Blue Jackets failed to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2015-16. Columbus (15-25-9) was eliminated from contention when it lost 3-1 at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Blue Jackets can finish no higher than fifth in the eight-team Discover Central Division. (NHL

Montreal Canadiens forwards Tomas Tatar and Paul Byron are day-to-day with lower-body injuries, according to head coach Dominique Ducharme. (TSN)

Rasmus Sandin just needed an opportunity. And now he’s got one. The Maple Leafs defenceman was thrust into the spotlight on Friday when Toronto announced veteran blueliner Zach Bogosian will miss a minimum of four weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered in Tuesday’s loss to Vancouver. (TSN)