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NYHN Daily: Islanders Snap Skid With Win Over Buffalo & More



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The New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres last night by a score of 3-2. A late power-play goal by J-G Pageau helped the Islanders snap their skid as they stay hot on home ice. Islanders Mat Barzal drew a penalty late in the third that led to the go-ahead goal. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

With under five minutes to play and the game tied at two, the Islanders’ power play cashed in to help lead New York to a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres and snap a two-game losing streak. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Sabres should know better than to give the Islanders a power-play opportunity like they did on Monday that late in a game with the score knotted at two. The Islanders already had two game-winning goals scored on the power play on Coliseum ice this season. (NYI Hockey Now)

Coming off a very good performance that ended with a regulation loss, the Islanders spent the first two periods on Monday night unable to get pucks on the net. Their 3-2 win over the Sabres at Nassau Coliseum, which snapped a two-game losing streak, was neither pretty nor perfect writes Andrew Gross. (Newsday)

The Islanders are facing a grueling stretch of 16 games in 28 days in March, provided there are no further changes to their schedule because of COVID-19 postponements. The result will be a more mapped-out goalie plan, with rookie Ilya Sorokin likely seeing more frequent playing time. (Newsday)

What is Adam Pelech worth to the Islanders? League sources debate the Islanders’ top defenseman’s next contract. (The Athletic)

Rangers’ star Artemi Panarin “unequivocally and vehemently” has denied the charge that he punched an 18-year-old woman down to the floor in a hotel bar following a game on Dec. 11, 2011, as alleged by his former coach Nazarov.  This story came after Panarin spoke out against the Putin regime and he will take a leave of absence from the team. (NY Post)

It’s safe to say that Trent Frederic had paid his dues for the Boston Bruins prior to getting his first career NHL goal. He got it on the exciting stage at Lake Tahoe in the victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers loaned a few players from their Taxi Squad to the AHL on Monday afternoon. David Kase, Derrick Pouliot, Felix Sandstrom, and Matthew Strome were loaned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms from the Taxi Squad. Did this mean the Flyers were getting some players back from the COVID list? (Philly Hockey Now)

After a few weeks of seeing more red lights than a walk through Amsterdam, Tristan Jarry is now gobbling pucks like Pac-Man. The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie bottomed out at an .857 save percentage before his rapid and almost immediate turnaround, culminating in his scene-stealing performance on Saturday against the Islanders. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Vegas Golden Knights’ netminder Marc-Andre Fleury made 34 saves Monday, including a couple of highlight-reel-worthy stops, to propel the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. (Vegas Hockey Now)

The Colorado Avalanche just kind of beat themselves last night, as they lost to the Vegas Golden Knights. One of Vegas’ goals they put in themselves, and they just couldn’t finish anything despite some good chances and flow with the puck. Adrian Dater hands out his player ratings from the loss (Colorado Hockey Now)

If the Florida Panthers don’t have a goalie controversy as coach Joel Quenneville says, well, nothing really changed Monday night against the Dallas Stars. Chris Driedger, making his fourth start in the past five games over Sergei Bobrovsky, stopped 24 shots in Florida’s 3-1 win over the visiting Dallas Stars at BB&T Center. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Minnesota Wild pummeled the San Jose Sharks last night by a score of 6-2. Goaltender Martin Jones was pulled in this one. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Victor Hedman each pick up a goal and an assist for the Tampa Bay Lightning as they end the Carolina Hurricanes’ point streak at six. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves in the win. (

Jonathan Quick made 31 saves as the Los Angeles Kings shut out the St. Louis Blues for their fifth straight win. He picked up his 54th career NHL shutout.  (

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe sustained damage to his ACL, MCL, meniscus, as his expected recovery time is six to eight months. (

Rookies’ adjustments to NHL were made tougher by COVID-19 restrictions. Being able to bond with teammates and learn the NHL lifestyle has been a challenge because of virus protocols. (

David Rittich‘s celebration at the final buzzer could be heard throughout an empty Scotiabank Arena. After a miserable stretch that culminated with an embarrassing loss to his team’s biggest rival over the weekend, Calgary’s surprise starter knew just how important Monday’s result was for a group seemingly teetering on the brink. (

Jack Eichel has just two assists in five games since the Buffalo Sabres’ extended layoff due to COVID-19 protocols, leading to questions regarding his health. Sabres head coach Ralph Krueger insisted after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders that Eichel is not playing hurt, stating the 24-year-old is just going through a slump. (

Frederik Andersen was a late scratch for Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames due to a lower-body injury and, while the goaltender is listed as day-to-day Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said he isn’t sure when Andersen will be back in net. (

From a 200 page “strategic performance” document, to a biometric data dashboard, here is how the Seattle Kraken are innovating as they get set to join the NHL next season. (ESPN)



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