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NYHN Daily: Six Straight Losses for Islanders, Bellows in Protocol & More



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It was a rough weekend for the New York Islanders as they lost the first two games at UBS Arena, in what had the makings to me a real memorable weekend for many. On Sunday, their 3-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs pushed their losing streak to six games as they continue to dig themselves ina a hole in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders placed Kieffer Bellows on COVID-19 protocol prior to the start of the game. It turned out that Anthony Beauvillier missed the home-opener due to a false-positive, as he was back in the lineup Sudnay night.

These stories and more in today’s daily links!

The New York Islanders dropped their sixth consecutive game on Sunday night to complete a disappointing opening weekend at UBS Arena. They fell 3-0 to the Toronto Maple Leafs and are now 5-8-2 on the season after the latest defeat. A mistake early while on the power play led to a short-handed marker by Mitch Marner, who scored two on the night, along with an Ondrej Kase goal, which gave Toronto a two-goal lead early in the third. The islanders’ best player was Ilya Sorokin who stopped 37 of 40. (NYI Hockey Now)

The carousel of New York Islanders players in COVID-19 protocol took another turn on Sunday ahead of their meeting with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kieffer Bellows became the latest player to go into protocol, while Anthony Beauvillier returned. Bellows is the seventh Islanders player to go into protocol this week. Josh Bailey, Andy Greene Anders Lee, Adam Pelech and Ross Johnston all remain in protocol. (NYI Hockey Now)

The New York Islanders have a new home, which somehow, was able to open on time given the circumstances. Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oakfield Group, stated that thy had to pay a multi-million dollar fee to the contractors to accelerate the schedule. Leiweke added that instead having two weeks to train everybody, he only had one night. More on how close UBS Arena was to not being finished on time can be found here. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins were blanked 4-0 by the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Boston’s top players never got going as Calgary netminder Dan Vladar stopped all 31 shots he faced. The Bruins saw their top players struggle mightily to get going while mistakes on the backend allowed Calgary prime opportunities to score, which they did. Charlie McAvoy finished a minus three while Jeremy Swayman struggled to control his rebounds in the loss. (Boston Hockey Now)

During a live postgame chat, Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now was asked who the Jenga piece was for the Pittsburgh Penguins? Which player, if you took them off the team, would lead to their downfall? On a team full of names like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and others, that Jenga piece is Tristan Jarry. With all the injuries the Penguins have dealt with, Jarry has been consistently strong and if the Penguins want to make the postseason, it looks like he will have to be their best player. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Former Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov seems to have finally found a home in Minnesota. He has been a journeyman at the NHL level, playing for six organizations. Injuries had derailed his career a bit but he looks to be a nice addition to the Wild, who have a strong team with a lot of moving parts. Kulikov is happy with where his career is at right now and told the media that prior to the Wild’s matchup against his former team, the Florida Panthers. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Washington Capitals faced the Seattle Kraken for the first time on Sunday. The Capitals would be without T.J. Oshie, a Washington State native, as well as top-line forward Connor Sheary. A depleted Capitals’ team did all they could to stay in this game but a weak second period gave Seattle the lead and they survived the pushback in the third. Here are the takeaways. (Washington Hockey Now)

This season, the Detroit Red Wings have been an exciting team to watch, despite a record of 8-9-2. Their group consists of an abundance of young talent, such as Lucas Raymond, Moritz Seider, Tyler Bertuzzi, and more. But one thing we are seeing this season is Dylan Larkin becoming more of a mature player. Donning the “C”, his development in that role has been of big importance as he continues to lead by example and be a leader for this young team. (Detroit Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs shut the door on the New York Islanders Sunday night, the second-game ever at UBS Arena. Mitch Marner got the scoring going with a short-handed dagger early in the first and Toronto never looked back. Ondrej Kase would add a goal before Marner sealed the Islanders’ faith with his second, in the third period. Rookie netminder Joseph Woll picked up his first career NHL win, in his second career start, as he denied the 20 shots he faced. Here are the takeaways from the win. (Toronto Hockey Now)

Is Matias Janmark trade bait or is he a big piece to the success of the Vegas Golden Knights?  Injuries and COVID-19 early in the season saw Janmark get off to a slow start, failing to score a goal in his first 12 games. However, on Saturday night, Janmark was able to play and registered a career-high nine shots on goal. He scored his first goal of the season in the third period. It went on to be the game-winner for the Golden Knights. He was long overdue. (Vegas Hockey Now)

San Jose Sharks forward Jonathan Dahlen sustained an upper-body injury Saturday night in their game against the Washington Capitals. Despite returning for a few shifts at the beginning of the second period, he was shut down for the remainder of the night. A source told San Jose Hockey Now before practice: “I hear it’s not too bad. Think he will be back sooner than later.” (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks were shut out by the Chicago Blackhawks, who took the game Sunday night by a score of 1-0. The Canucks had very little puck luck as they hit the post three times and rang the bar twice. They outshot the Blackhawks 40-24, yet Marc-Andre Fleury played strong. Here are the takeaways from the loss. (San Jose Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames took it to the Boston Bruins, as David Vladar shut the door while the offense came alive in the 4-0 victory. The former Bruin backstop denied all 27 shots he faced for his second-consecutive shutout. But it was not all him, as his teammates in front of him did a fantastic job at limiting secondary chances. Here are the takeaways from the win. (Calgary Hockey Now)

The New York Rangers scored a buzzer-beater on Broadway as a goal by defenseman Ryan Lindgren with 0.7 seconds remaining in the third period gave the home team the win. Alexandar Georgiev was pulled following a rough outing, with Igor Shesterkin coming in and making four saves throughout the final frame. It was a back and forth battle all night long. (NHL)

Auston Matthews is known for his mustache. But that mustache will be coming off, as he pledged to shave it if he could raise $134,000 dollars for Movember. He was able to do so and when the month comes to an end, there goes his mustache for a great cause. (NHL)

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point will be out indefinitely after sustaining an upper-body injury against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night. He was taken down on a breakaway, hit the crossbar on the penalty shot and finished the remainder of that game. The Lightning are already without top-line winger Nikita Kucherov, who is out indefinitely as well. (TSN)