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A “Ballsy” Win For The New York Rangers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

It was the first word out of David Quinn’s mouth after the game, and the Rangers coach hardly needed to say more about his team’s effort.

“Ballsy,” Quinn said after a power-play goal from Chris Kreider with 24.6 seconds left in regulation gave his team a second straight win over the Islanders, this one 3-2 on Thursday night at a raucous Coliseum. “Just a real gutsy effort by our guys.”

This was quite a bit different than the 6-2 shellacking the Rangers (23-19-4) put on the Islanders (28-14-4) on Monday night at the Garden. That was an offensive whirlwind led by Artemi Panarin, and this was a physical and mental grind that gave the Blueshirts their fourth win in the past five games since coming back from western Canada.

It also felt like a rivalry game, played to the soundtrack of alternating chants from the split crowd of 13,917. And it turned when old buddy Derick Brassard got called for cross-check when he upended Jesper Fast with 54 seconds left in regulation, setting up Kreider’s game winner on a rebound.

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Finishers Needed For The New York Islanders

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Might we be so bold as to suggest that if Artemi Panarin had chosen to take Scott Malkin’s millions rather than Jim Dolan’s this past summer, the Islanders would be sitting pretty as one of the league’s most legitimate Stanley Cup contenders?

But alas and alack, the winger’s decision to take less to join the Rangers — it’s all comparative, friends, when the smaller number amounts to $81.5 million — has left the Islanders with a lack of elite talent up-front.

Or, as Barry Trotz said following the Islanders’ 2-1 loss to the Devils at the Coliseum on Thursday, which left the team in a 3-4-1 funk since Dec. 17: “We don’t have a lot of natural finishers.”...

A lot of teams get a lot of offense off the rush,” Trotz said. “We don’t get too much off the rush. Every team is built differently.”

But a team built to win — and make no mistake, Lou Lamoriello did not take charge of the Islanders during the summer of 2018 in order to enact a five-year plan — needs to be able to sprinkle in some rush goals here and there. The sport is too hard to grind through every night. And the NHL has evolved into more of an offensive showcase....

The Islanders had two power plays within the game’s first 15:32. They didn’t get another one. This marked the fifth straight game in which they finished with two man-advantages (and the fifth straight going 0-for-2). They have had two power plays or fewer in 23 of their 39 games and are dead last in the league by a substantial margin in advantages.

“I wish I would know why, it might help me figure it out,” Trotz said. “We’re a bigger team, we go to the net. I have no idea. We’ve looked at it up and down and sideways.”

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The New York Islanders Continue To Rack Up Points

from Andrew Gross of Newsday.

The Islanders now have a comeback streak to go along with matching the franchise record for gaining at least a point in 15 consecutive games.

This time, the Islanders twice battled back from two-goal deficits and scored twice in the final 4:19 of regulation to beat the Penguins, 5-4, in overtime on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

The Islanders (15-3-1) somewhat improbably improved their points streak to 14-0-1 after they also opened this two-game road trip by having to rally from three goals down in the third period for a 4-3 shootout win at Philadelphia on Saturday night.

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Video- Hometown Hockey Feature On Barry Trotz

Christine Simpson with the feature.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Barry Trotz might be the most celebrated name from Dauphin the hometown moments he has experienced may have helped shape Trotz as a Stanley Cup champion, a Jack Adams Award winner and one of the most successful head coaches in NHL history.

 


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Andrew Ladd Placed On Waivers By The New York Islanders

from the New York Islanders,

Andrew Ladd was placed on waivers by the New York Islanders on Thursday.

The 33-year-old forward completed a conditioning stint at Bridgeport of the American Hockey League after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL on May 31. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello told Newsday the team had not seen enough from Ladd to believe he's ready to return to the NHL. If Ladd clears, he'll be reassigned to Bridgeport.

Ladd, who signed a seven-year contract with the Islanders on July 1, 2016, has 71 points (38 goals, 33 assists) in 177 games with New York.

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Winning Streak For The New York Islanders Hits 10

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

The Islanders now have the second-longest winning streak in franchise history at 10 games.

And that might not have been the most noteworthy item to come out of Tuesday night’s 4-1 win over the Senators before a crowd of 11,212 at Barclays Center, their first game of the season in Brooklyn.

Pick from this: Cole Bardreau, the 26-year-old rookie whose career was nearly derailed in college, became the seventh player in NHL history to score his first goal on a penalty shot, capping it with an emotional celebration. Or, Cal Clutterbuck scoring his first goal in 32 games. Or, Casey Cizikas scoring shorthanded for his first goal of the season.

“I think it says that after four extremely mediocre games to the start of the year, it was time for us to kind of look at each other and look in the mirror and decide whether we wanted to give this a go or not,” said Clutterbuck, who tied the game at 1-1 with an extra effort at the crease just 39 seconds after Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal at 7:44 of the first period. “To a man we did. We want to continue getting better.”

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The Underdog New York Islanders

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

This offseason, two New York-area teams dominated the headlines. After the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers landed the Nos. 1 and 2 picks in the draft, respectively, both teams upgraded with flashy veterans (2013 Norris winner P.K. Subban, 2016 Calder winner Artemi Panarin) and appeared poised to make earlier-than-expected runs this season. The media fawned all summer.

Then there were the New York Islanders, the only of the New York-area teams to make the playoffs last spring. The Isles were the best defensive team in hockey. They brought back nearly the exact same roster for this season. And nobody was talking about them.

"Obviously, we notice it," captain Anders Lee said in a phone interview this week. "But there probably wasn't much to talk about with us."

That's fine for the Islanders, who, after losing three of four to start the season, have won nine straight and sit five points behind the Capitals for first place in the Metropolitan Division standings. They like flying under the radar.

"At times, absolutely we consider ourselves an underdog," Lee said. "Last year, that was a big part of our identity. This year, we're coming back with a very similar team but still have a lot to prove. It's hard to really come in and demand that attention. You demand respect by the way you play -- if you win, how your season goes -- but we haven't accomplished our goals just yet. And until we do that, we're going to have to keep proving everyone wrong."

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Did You Know The New York Islanders Have Won Eight Straight?

from Peter Botte of the New York Post,

The local football teams are disastrously down, the Knicks are still the Knicks, the Mets just hired another manager, and the Rangers and Devils are experiencing their expected rebuilding growing pains.

It certainly sounds weird for longtime observers of the Islanders to view them as one of the more stable sports franchises presently in New York, but that fully appears to be the case in their second year under GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Barry Trotz.

Aaron Boone obviously has led the Yankees to successive 100-plus win seasons and playoff appearances in his first two years in the Bronx, but you also certainly could make the case that Trotz presently is the top coach in the local area.

After winning a Stanley Cup with Washington in 2018, he led the Islanders to only their second playoff series win since 1993 last spring. He also has them off to a rousing 9-3-0 start — including an eight-game winning streak, their longest in nearly 30 years — following Friday’s 5-2 clampdown victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Coliseum.

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Notes Of Interest

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

- Cap space is precious, so when you can save a million on a player, it is important to do so. And maybe the Maple Leafs did overpay by a slight degree in giving Mitch Marner $10.893 million per on a six-year deal.

But there is value, and most certainly in Toronto, to being done with contract talk surrounding Marner for the next five years. Had he signed for the same three years that fellow restricted free agents Matthew Tkachuk, Brayden Point, Brock Boeser and Charlie McAvoy received from their respective teams, the drumbeat of speculation around the Leafs winger would have reignited by the middle of next season, if not earlier.

Each team has its own market concerns to address. The Maple Leafs addressed theirs.

By the way, pretending the Auston Matthews disorderly conduct charge is just a “Boys being boys” thing gives a bad name to all men.

- Finally, is Josh Ho-Sang’s reputation so tainted that not a team in the league would take a shot at the talented 23-year-old winger when he was placed on waivers by the Islanders prior to setting their opening roster?

I mean, the Rangers once took a shot at Alexandre Daigle, for goodness sakes.

Um.

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