The New York Islanders were unable to score on Thursday night as they lost to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 4-0. The Islanders’ power play was a mess and mistakes proved costly. Islanders co-owner John Ledecky is proud that UBS Arena was able to weather the storm of COVID-19 and get this arena ready in time. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal came to UBS to showcase his restaurant chain’s involvement with UBS Arena, as well as help honor veterans on a tour.
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The New York Islanders dropped their second consecutive game on Thursday in a 4-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Islanders drop to 5-4-2 on the season. The power play struggled yet again to muster chances, allowing a short-handed marker that turned the tide of the game. Mistakes, specifically in the offensive zone, allowed New Jersey prime chances the other way. “We’re doing it to ourselves,” Trotz said. “There’s no one to blame, but ourselves in this loss. There’s a fine line right now and we’re not on the right side of the line.” (NYI Hockey Now)
Islanders co-owner John Ledecky is proud of the work that has been done to get UBS Arena completed and stated as much to the media, during an arena tour on Thursday. “I feel this is an incredible accomplishment to have built this arena in the middle of a difficult time for our country,” Ledecky said. “The pandemic, all the different sacrifices that all of us had to make to have this rise up and represent America and this area after the pandemic. (NYI Hockey Now)
The New York Islanders are nearing the end of their historic season-opening 13-game road trip. With only three games to go before the Islanders debut on UBS Arena ice, let’s look at the biggest surprises after 10 games. (NYI Hockey Now)
Shaquille O’Neal was at UBS Arena on Thursday to not only showcase his restaurant’s involvement with UBS Arena concessions and his new sandwhich in partnerhsip with Blue Line Deli and Bagels. He came out and suprised veterans who were on the tour of the new state of the art arena in Belmont with co-owner John Ledecky and others. He helped unveil the “Chair of Honor”, which is dedicated to prisoners of war and those who went missing in action.(NHL)
The Boston Bruins fell to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-3 on Thursday night. Oilers forward Leon Draistaitl scored a pair of goals in the third to put the game out of reach for Boston. Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo called the third period one of the worst periods of his NHL career. (Boston Hockey Now)
Goaltending stole the show in Pittsburgh as the Florida Panthers saw Sergei Bobrovsky dominate while Tristan Jarry did the same for the Penguins. The game needed a shootout, which ended with the Penguins picking up the second point. Watch the postgame report here. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
The Florida Panthers, after starting the season as the top team in the NHL, are currently on a three-game slide. Even with the success early on, the power play had struggled so this is nothing new. But the Panthers were winning depsite the special team struggle. Now they are losing and it’s become a concern. (Florida Hockey Now)
Zach Fucale made the most of his NHL debut, as he recorded a 21-save shutout for the Capitals against the Red Wings. He is the first Capitals’ netminder to accomplish that feat in his first career game. Lars Eller finally scored a goal, his first since May 8 of last season. The power play struggled, but the penalty kill shined. Here are the takeaways from the 2-0 victory over Detroit. (Washington Hockey Now)
The Detroit Red Wings made life to easy for Zach Fucale on Thursday, as they were shut out in the loss. The power play struggled to muster many chances, even when given a 5 on 3 opportunity. Ten seconds of bad hockey led the two quick goals for Washington, the only two goals Detroit allowed. Here are the takeaways. (Detroit Hockey Now)
William Nylander has been a force for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season. After scoring twice on Wednesday, he collected his 13th point of the season, which ties him for the team lead with John Tavares and Mitch Marner. The main reason why Nylander is producing more is because he has increased his shot volume this season. (Toronto Hockey Now)
The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Thursday night. The fourth line drew penalties, the defensive group played their most complete game, while players stood up for one another. Could this win be a stepping stone for Montreal moving forward? (Montreal Hockey Now)
For the first time this season, the Vegas Golden Knights are two games above .500. The Golden Knights held onto their 3-2 lead against the Minnesota Wild and now have won two straight. Laurent Brossiot picked up his first win of the seaosn and Paul Cotter and Jonas Rondbjerg scored their first NHL goals as well. (Vegas Hockey Now)
The Coloraod Avalanche played thier best game of the season Thursday, as they saw seven different players score in the 7-1 route of the Vancouver Canucks. Despite the big win, defenseman Bo Byram may have a concussion, which begs the question as to why the Avalanche are so suseptible to injuries? (Colorado Hockey Now)
The San Jose Sharks fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Thursday night, as J.D. and Erik break down the game on the latest Locked on Sharks podcast. The conversation also includes the play of Brent Burns and the return of defenseman Ryan Merkely to the San Jose Barracuda. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The Vancouver Canucks did not have much success against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night. The Canucks allowed the first goal for the 12th time in 14 games this season, Thatcher Demko was pulled for the first time in 96 games, and it was just one of those games where the opponent could not be contained. Here are the takeaways from the 7-1 loss. (Vancouver Hockey Now)
The Montreal Canadiens watch their stars shine much brighter than Calgary’s in their win over the Flames on Thursday. The Canadiens were fueled by Nick Suzuki, Tyler Toffoli and Mike Hoffman, with a little Brendan Gallagher mixed in for good measure. Johnny Gaudreau has no points in four of his last five games. Matthew Tkachuk and Elias Lindholm blanked in the past two. (Calgary Hockey Now)
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo has been fined $2,000 for diving. DeAngelo was warned about diving in a game on Oct. 31, which is why he received the fine. (NHL)
The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that Rick Nash’s no. 61 will head to the rafters of Nationwide Arena on March. 5 against the Boston Bruins. Nash will be the first player ever to have their number retired by Columbus, as he hold the franchsie record for games played, goals, assists, and points, as well as wearing the “C” for many seasons. (NHL)
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