The New York Islanders defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 on Sunday night. Islanders forward Josh Bailey had a real strong game, but the storyline was the play of Ilya Sorokin in goal. He posted back-to-back shutouts, becoming the first Islander to do so in consecutive days. Robin Lehner is still a fan favorite on the island and prospect Robin Salo is shining with Bridgeport.
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After Robin Lehner told the word about his battle with mental health, the New York Islanders fanbase became his biggest supporter. The relationship that had been built during his time on the island was special. Head coach Barry Trotz and defenseman Scott Mayfield spoke about Lehner’s role prior to the Islanders matchup in Vegas on Sunday. (NYI Hockey Now)
After a strong training camp, Islanders prospect Robin Salo was sent down to the Bridgeport Islanders, their AHL affiliate. In their home-opener Saturday, Salo shined throughout the contest and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to beat the Springfield Thunderbirds as he is already making a significant impact. (NYI Hockey Now)
The Boston Bruins defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-3 on Sunday. Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak both had a goal and an assist, with goaltender Linus Ulmark stopping 23 of 26. Here are the takeaways from the win. (Boston Hockey Now)
The Pittsburgh Penguins continue to amaze. With practically everyone missing down the middle, stars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang out, the Penguins continue to win. Two players in Brian Boyle and Drew O’Connor have stepped up in their absence, using their big presence on the ice to make plays but also stand up for their teammates. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
When you think of the stars of the Florida Panthers, from an outside perspective Sasha Barkov comes to mind as the tam’s superstar. The next name would be Aaron Ekblad, the premiere defender on the tam with offensive talent up the wazoo. After years in the limelight, Jonathan Huberdeau, who holds many records for the Panthers, is getting more attention as he should. And it is for what he is doing on the penalty kill. (Florida Hockey Now)
Detroit Red Wings rookie Lucas Raymond found his way into the history books, as he netted a hat trick and recorded an assist against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. He became the third teenager in franchise history to collect four points in a game. The other players who have done that are Steve Yzerman and Gordie Howe. (Detroit Hockey Now)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have not been at their best to start the 2021-22 NHL campaign. They have not picked up a win over their last three games and the fanbase is getting restless. A source close to the Toronto front office says that there is genuine concern about their status if the team lays another egg. “Everyone is going to be on high alert,” said the source. (Toronto Hockey Now)
The Vegas Golden Knights suffered their fourth loss in a row, as the Islanders came to town and beat them 2-0. The powerplay went 0-for again, the offense could not beat Ilya Sorokin, and the result was another loss. Here are the takeaways. (Vegas Hockey Now)
Mikhail Maltsev did not play particularly well for the Colorado Avalanche in their shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. His bad turnovers led to goals in his own net and on Sunday made his way down to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL. (Colorado Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks were off to a very good start this season. It was their forecheck that had helped generate chances and offensive zone pressure, as the team played Bob Boughner’s plan to a tee as they were 4-0-0. But the Boston Bruins did their homework. (San Jose Hockey Now)
In his NHL debut, Connor Ingram made 33 saves for the Nashville Predators, as they downed the undefeated Minnesota Wild by a score of 5-2. He became the second Predator to win on his debut, joining the franchise favorite Pekka Rinne. (NHL)
Patrick Kane was unable to play for the Blackhawks on Sunday, as he remains in COVID-19 protocol. The Ottawa Senators placed goaltender Matt Murray on IR, after being kneed in the head by Rangers’ forward Chris Kreider on Saturday. John Klingberg is expected to play for Dallas Stars on Monday against Columbus after missing the last four games with injury. Here is the latest NHL Buzz. (NHL)
Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf has been fined $1,000 for a dangerous trip against Minnesota Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek during NHL Game No. 75 in Minnesota on Saturday, Oct. 23, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. (NHL)
After joining the Carolina Hurricanes this past offseason, goaltender Frederik Andersen gets set to play his former team on Monday. The Maple Leafs decided that Jake Campbell was their future in goal and let Andersen walk. While there was no hostility, Andersen is in prime form right now and will look to continue that. (NHL)
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