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The New York Islanders Even Their Series At 2-2 With The Tampa Bay Lightning

The Islanders lead 3-0 after 40 minutes but the Lightning added two quick goals to make it 3-2 but they held on to win 3-2.

Another entertaining game and the Islanders have no quit in them.

Below catch the game saving play and game highlights are coming.

added 10:57pm, A longer view of the game saver is below.  added 11:57pm, game highlights below...

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Video- Saturday Headlines

The HNIC panel discussed- Dominque Ducharme has to isolate for 14 days, Rick Tocchet is a finalist for the coaching job in Seattle, Dougie Hamilton's agent is talking with other teams since the Hurricanes gave him permission to do so.  Oliver Ekman-Larsson may be on the move.

Plus possible assistant coaches changes in Toronto.

via Sportsnet,

 

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Your Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner Is Jaccob Slavin

NEW YORK (June 19, 2021) – Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin is the 2020-21 recipient of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

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Open Post- Day 34 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The New York Islanders need a win to even the series at 2-2, but they need to find some offense to do so.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have shown they can handle anything the opposition brings, so a tough task ahead for the Islanders.

Below find some pre-game reading.


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Teams Interested In Jack Eichel

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- In addition to the usual suspects — including the Ducks, Flyers, Wild, Kings and perhaps the Rangers — there is a previously undisclosed entrant in the Hunt for Jack Eichel.

For Slapshots has learned that the Blackhawks have taken a ticket at the deli counter in communicating their interest in the 24-year-old center, who is in the midst of divorce proceedings with the Sabres while possibly facing a tricky surgery to repair a herniated disk.

In order to succeed in the quest, Chicago’s offer would have to feature Kirby Dach — the 20-year-old center who was drafted third overall in 2019, recorded 23 points (8-15) in his rookie season and then played only 18 games last year after he suffered a wrist injury in a pre-World Juniors tournament game....

- We were told toward the end of the week that the Seattle GM Ron Francis had decided to hire Rick Tocchet as coach, after going far down the line with David Quinn, but there is nothing official at the moment.

- It is understood that Cole Caufield has played a sum of 22 NHL games, 10 in the regular season and another dozen in the playoffs. But when is the last time that everyone knew, just knew, that a draft’s 15th-overall selection, was going to make it big time?

Maybe 1977, when the Islanders selected Mike Bossy at that spot?

more on the first and third topics plus other notes...

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Video- Quick Recap Of Montreal’s OT Win Over Vegas

Just under two minutes of your time.

 

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Momentum On The Side Of The Montreal Canadiens

from Sean Farrell of NHL.com,

Josh Anderson scored his second goal 12:53 into overtime, and the Montreal Canadiens took the lead in the Stanley Cup Semifinals with a 3-2 win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 at Bell Centre on Friday.

Anderson tapped in a pass across the slot from Paul Byron on a 2-on-0 to win it.

Anderson tied the game 2-2 with 1:55 remaining in the third period after Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury misplayed the puck behind his net.

"We had a press late in the third period there, and obviously we got a fortunate bounce on the tying goal," Anderson said. "And then in OT it looked like we had a lot more energy than them. We came out hard and found a way …. in a huge game that we needed to win."

Vegas had outshot Montreal 39-17 when Fleury turned it over to Anderson, who was alone in front to score into a wide-open net for his first goal in 13 games.

"Those type of events are tough to recover from," Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer said. "We talked between the third and the overtime about trying to get our mojo back. I didn't think we were poor in overtime, but there's no doubt that carried into the overtime for us a little on the negative side and for sure gave them some pop going out to overtime."

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NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS

* Despite being outshot 30-8 through 40 minutes and 45-27 overall, the Canadiens stunned the Golden Knights in Game 3 after Josh Anderson tied the game late and scored the winner in overtime. 

* The first overtime game of the Stanley Cup Semifinals marked the 23rd overall this postseason – only seven playoff years in NHL history have seen more.

* Tampa Bay’s trio of Brayden PointNikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman eye a commanding series lead against New York when Game 4 goes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight. 

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The Montreal Canadiens Win In Overtime, Take A 2-1 Series Lead

Wow, the Montreal Canadiens go up 2-1 in their series after a 3-2 OT win.

How did it get to OT, watch below.

added 11:44pm, Game highlights are below.

Here's the GWG.

 

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The Frank J. Selke Trophy Winner Is Aleksander Barkov

NEW YORK (June 18, 2021) – Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers is the 2020-21 recipient of the Frank J. Selke Trophy, recognizing “the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as selected by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Barkov was named on 92 of the 100 ballots, including 62 first-place selections, for 780 voting points, ahead of second-place Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins, a Selke finalist for an unprecedented 10th consecutive year and with a record-tying four Selke wins. Bergeron received 15 first-place votes in accumulating 522 points. Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights, a Selke finalist for the second time in three seasons, finished third in voting with 463 points (11 first-place selections).

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