Matt Moulson and John Tavares have become a very familiar duo for the New York Islanders, but they weren’t skating together on the top line Friday night.
After the Islanders humbling 5-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series, coach Jack Capuano decided to make a change by putting Moulson with Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen. Tavares centered Josh Bailey and Brad Boyes.
“It’s good to switch it up,” Moulson said, according to Newsday. “We needed a little spark.”
The Islanders’ top two scorers stayed together on the top power-play unit, which led to Tavares assisting on Moulson’s first period goal. Beyond that, Moulson got an assist on Kyle Okposo’s game winner.
Given that New York managed to even the series, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the longtime linemates separated for a second straight game.
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For those who decry the decline in fighting – in “blood and guts” hockey – Tuesday presented a bloody moment, one fairly high on this season’s Muta scale.
Also, for some, seeing it happen to Tom Wilson specifically may provide additional pleasure.
Anyway, as you can see in the video above, Minnesota Wild winger Chris Stewart bloodied the Washington Capitals pest in a fight. Whether you’re for, against or neutral toward Wilson, it’s quite the sight.
Wilson may be hurt, by the way. He missed some time but returned later in the contest.
Auston Matthews likely ranks as the top reason that many Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to get the same feelings they had in better times, so it only makes sense that he broke a beloved Buds’ record on Tuesday.
With his 35th goal of a potential Calder season – but a brilliant debut either way – Matthews passed Wendel Clark for the Maple Leafs’ rookie record for goals in a season.
That goal was also meaningful for William Nylander, as he extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist. This team, fueled by young players, just keeps shattering first-year marks:
Leafs rookie record watch:
GOALS – 35 Matthews ASSISTS – 40 Marner tied with Bodnar POINT STREAK – 12 games Nylander SHG – 3 Hyman
The U.S. women’s national team voted in favor of accepting USA Hockey’s deal, so they’ll participate in the world championship tournament. USA Hockey recently made the news official with this press release.
The press release confirmed a report that the contract will last four years, while financial terms were kept confidential. (Team members had been seeking a living wage to represent USA Hockey.)
“Our sport is the big winner today,” Team captain Meghan Duggan said. “We stood up for what we thought was right and USA Hockey’s leadership listened. In the end, both sides came together. I’m proud of my teammates and can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. It’s time now to turn the page. We can’t wait to play in the World Championship later this week in front of our fans as we try and defend our gold medal.”