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The New York Islanders Should Have Listened To Butch Goring

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bosotn Globe,

Butch Goring, let go as the Islanders’ coach late in the 2000-01 season, met with then-owner Charles Wang in an exit interview. “He asked me for an appraisal of his team,” recalled Goring. “And I told him, point blank, ‘I know you are thinking of trading [Zdeno] Chara. Do not do that. It will be the biggest mistake you make in your life. Do not trade this guy.’ ” And with a hearty chuckle, Goring added, “He didn’t listen to me.” Then-GM Mike Milbury wheeled Chara to the Senators in a deal that also sent Bill Muckalt and a first-round pick to Ottawa for Alexei Yashin. Ottawa used the pick, No. 2 ovearll, to claim Jason Spezza in the 2001 draft.

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Video- “You Have To Start Getting This Right NHL” - Flyers/Islanders

Certainly the wrong call.

 

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Video- Zdeno Chara vs. Matt Martin

Chara on points.

 

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“Islanders Hockey”

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The puck was dropped on the neutral zone side of the Montreal line, 1:40 remained in the game, and goaltender Carey Price was itching to get to the bench for the extra attacker with the Canadiens down 2-1 at the Coliseum.

But the Islanders were having none of that, turning back the Canadiens not once, but twice, as they tried to advance the puck out of harm’s way. It took 55 seconds for the Habs to pull Price, and by that time, time essentially had run out on Montreal.

“Islanders hockey,” Barry Trotz said of the effort his team produced in Thursday’s 2-1 victory in which Anders Lee snapped a 1-1 draw at 17:03 of the third period off a bodacious two-on-one feed from Mat Barzal. “We fixed our battle [lel].”

There are still games to be won and points to be gained before the checkmark signifying playoff qualification can be placed in front of the team’s name. But barring a dramatic dive, the Islanders will be playing postseason hockey with a team built for traditional postseason hockey.

The question is whether a traditional playoff hockey team such as this one will be able to succeed in a Stanley Cup tournament that will follow a season in which scoring chances have dramatically increased and in which offense once again has a prominent place in the equation.

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Video- This is Interference By Jakub Voracek On Johnny Boychuk

Voracek received five for interference, Bailey two for roughing.

 

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Videos- Robin Lehner Injured Last Night

Robin Lehner injury, below, watch Barry Trotz on the goal and he does not really have an update on Lehner plus Brett Cyrgalis on the game and injury.

The NYI did win in a shootout.

 

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Islanders’ New Arena On Schedule For 2021-22 Season

from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,

The Islanders’ proposed new arena at Belmont Park remains “on track for the 2021-22 season,” co-owner Jon Ledecky told Newsday Sunday.

“We’re keenly focused on making sure the project stays on track, and I’ve been assured by many parties that is the case,” Ledecky said. “I’m very confident that’s where we will be playing our games in the 2021-22 season."

The Islanders’ arena project, which also includes a hotel and entertainment center, is currently going through a lengthy environmental review stage. Empire State Development, the state agency coordinating the project, says the review will be completed by the end of June.

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Video- Good Shootout Goal

Alex Ovechkin awarded a shootout goal, but it took some time.

Capitals win.

 

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“Low Bar” Reached On Long Island

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

You know something? I owe an apology to Islanders’ fans for setting the bar so low before John Tavares’ return to the Coliseum on Thursday that when it had ended, I actually wrote that it had not been an ugly night at the old barn.

Because, and I knew it in my gut in the press box and even more so on the drive home after I had written, the venom and vitriol aimed at No. 91 from a crowd that acted more like a mob, was ugly, only I excused it in the name of passion and because, I guess, the game was not disrupted by folks throwing things onto the ice at their one-time beloved captain or otherwise breaking the law.

As I said, low bar.

I have written dozens of times over the last 20 years about how the Islanders’ battered fan base has been about the most abused in sports. Thursday night was an example of battered fan’s syndrome. The abused became the abusers.

And it is not that Tavares — never anything less than the quintessential solid citizen during his nine years under mostly amateurish management, the last six of which he played on a club-friendly long-term contract extension he signed after his second season — deserved more than hours of verbal abuse, even though he did.

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Yes, the Leafs were without the injured Jake Gardiner and Travis Dermott on Thursday for the 6-1 beatdown on Long Island, but if you didn’t come away from that game wondering why Toronto GM Kyle Dubas did not supplement his team’s blue line at the deadline (even after jumping the market weeks earlier to get Jake Muzzin), you were probably the only one.

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John Tavares Was Prepared For His Return To Long Island

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The favorite son grew up and went away, and when he returned home for a visit, well, guess what? He was not welcome.

Shocker.

John Taveras spent the first nine years of his career bleeding the blue and orange of the Islanders franchise he represented with dignity. That barely mattered to the rabid fans who came to the Coliseum to celebrate their first-place team, defend their team’s honor and heap insults on No. 91, who showed up in Uniondale for the first time wearing the Maple Leafs crest after signing with Toronto as a free agent on July 1.

Not necessarily in that order.

“You’re a liar!”

“I expected it was coming,” Tavares said of the constant abuse, as he spoke in the corridor outside the Leafs’ room after a fairly miserable performance that pretty much matched his team’s work product in the 6-1 defeat. “No one’s walked in my shoes. I know that.”

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added 8:50am, from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

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