The New York Islanders have had some problems of late. Namely, getting ahead 2-0 hasn’t worked out very well.
The Isles grabbed 2-0 leads against the Flyers and Penguins this week only to lose both games. As forward Josh Bailey tells Arthur Staple of Newsday, it’s a delicate situation to handle.
“It’s a fine line in how we react after getting those leads,” said Bailey. “We don’t want to sit back, because we’ve seen what happens when we do that. And you don’t want to gamble too much, because we’re playing good teams who can take advantage of our mistakes.”
To sit on it or to just keep playing the same way? It’s hockey’s version of Shakespeare and the Islanders have seen just about enough tragedy of late.
Those blown leads (and games) to the Flyers and Pens stick out like sore thumbs on their schedule of late. With three losses in their past 10 games, missing out on four points in a tight Eastern Conference race could be a playoff dream killer.
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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