New York Islanders v Phoenix Coyotes

‘This one is on us’: Islanders lose high-scoring game to Coyotes


After a brief recourse from a hideous 10-game losing streak, the New York Islanders once again felt the sting of defeat.

This time, they gave up half a dozen goals in a 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, as their road trip out west came to an end. In five games away from Long Island, the Islanders were victorious just once. They’ve now dropped 11 of their past 12 games, with the only win in that time coming against the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday.

The two teams combined for six goals in the second period, with the Coyotes scoring four. They are also without their captain and one of their top scorers Shane Doan, who is out “for the foreseeable future” due to illness.

“When it’s a 6-3 final and your goalie is still your best player, it’s a bad sign,” Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey told Newsday Long Island.

“This one is on us. You can’t have your goalie bailing you out all the time.”

Islanders’ 23-year-old goalie Kevin Poulin saw his record fall to 4-12-0. He made 31 saves in the loss.

Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: