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The New York Islanders thanked the 1,000 frontline workers at the Nassau Coliseum the only way they know how to, with a win. Thursday was the first time that fans were back at the Nassau Coliseum to watch an Islanders game since March 7, 2020. Season ticket holders return to the stands next Thursday when the islanders face the Philadelphia Flyers. (NYI Hockey Now)

Mathew Barzal looked like a kid on Christmas when he was asked about fans being back in the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday for the New York Islanders showdown with the New Jersey Devils. But it wasn’t just any old fans that were in the seats, it was 1,000 frontline workers from Northwell Health in the stands as a way for the team to thank them for everything they’ve done to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic this past year. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders extended their winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday. The Islanders extended their point streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and are the only team in the NHL without a regulation loss at home (12-0-2). (NHL.com)

Islanders beat Devils in front of fans, but captain Anders Lee suffered an injury to his right leg. There is no update on his status. (Newsday)

David Krejci shrugged it off like it was no big deal postgame, but it was obviously a long time coming for the Bruins center finally tallying his first goal of the season. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers put up a fight – literally –, but they couldn’t complete another multi-goal comeback this week. They fell to the Capitals by a final score of 5-3. (Philly Hockey Now)

How can you tell when things are going well for Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin? There’s his play. And then there’s his playfulness. Both were evident Thursday night. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Early in the third period Thursday night, Blue Jackets fans in the end zone behind the Panthers net began derisively chanting Sergei Bobrovsky’s name. The Jackets were up by three in the third period, after all, so, have some fun! Problem was, they started their party just a tad prematurely. (Florida Hockey Now)

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is on the league’s COVID-19 Protocol Related Absences list, the league released Thursday afternoon. Fleury started for the Golden Knights in their 4-3 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. The 36-year-old goaltender has started 13 of the past 14 games, going 8-5-0 in that stretch. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Dennis Gilbert, acquired in the Brandon Saad trade this summer, was injured in a fight earlier this season in Las Vegas against Keegan Kolesar. Yesterday, after the Avs’ optional practice was over, Gilbert and Avs skills coach Shawn Allard practiced some fighting techniques. (Colorado Hockey Now)

With data from Evolving Hockey and HockeyViz, we can see how San Jose Sharks’ head coach Bob Boughner’s staff deploys its players at even strength and 5-on-5 and how each player has responded to his role. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames won in Darryl Sutter’s debut as coach, 2-1 against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. (NHL.com)

Alex Ovechkin scored his 715th NHL goal for the Washington Capitals in a 5-3 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday. (NHL.com)

The 2021 NHL Draft is on schedule for July 23-24 despite discussions between the NHL and NHL Players’ Association about deferring it to a later date, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday. (NHL.com)

Goaltender Jordan Binnington signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. (NHL.com)

Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 21st goal of the campaign 59 seconds into overtime Thursday as Toronto defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 to snap a three-game losing streak. (TSN.ca)

Jake DeBrusk returned after being benched one game for lack of effort and scored his first goal in almost a month, chasing Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev early in the second period and leading the Boston Bruins to a 4-0 victory on Thursday night. (TSN.ca)

Anthony Mantha scored a tiebreaking goal late in the first period, Jonathan Bernier stopped a season-high 40 shots and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-4 Thursday night. (TSN.ca)

 

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