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The New York Islanders are coming off quite a win, a game in which they scored 7 (not a misprint, that’s the number after 6) goals in the third period to beat the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 7-4. The Islanders, who were outplayed in the first 40 minutes of play, took control of the game in the final 20 minutes, and were, simply put, dominant.
Even on a day in which the Islanders didn’t play, they managed to make some pretty big news. The Islanders signed College Free Agent Kevin Czuczman, along with fellow CFA Dmitri Antipin. Of the two signings, Czuczman (pronounced Church-man) is the more intriguing. He’s a big-bodied defenseman, sizing up at 6’3″, 205 pounds. This size on the blue line is something the Islanders have been needing all season.
Czuczman can also produce offensively on occasion, scoring 10 goals and earning 11 assists in 36 games played with the Lake Superior State Lakers. The kid has offensive upside, solid defensive ability, and has familiarity with the Islanders, as he’s trained with a few of the current members of the team in years prior.
Czuczman is coming straight from college to the NHL to play with the Islanders, which will certainly be interesting to watch. Czuczman has potential to develop into an NHL defenseman, and seeing him in his early stages is a good way to see where his game stands.
It’ll be awhile until the Islanders play their next game, they take on the San Jose Sharks this Friday at the Coliseum. This is the team’s first home game in 5 games, and despite having a tough opponent, it will be nice to see our team back on home ice.
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Around the NHL
- Nashville Predators 4, Buffalo Sabres 1
- New Jersey Devils 2, Philadelphia Flyers 1
- Carolina Hurricanes 3, New York Rangers 1
- Columbus Blue Jackets 4, Detroit Red Wings 1
- Phoenix Coyotes 3, Florida Panthers 1
- Pittsburgh Penguins 2, Washington Capitals 0
- Dallas Stars 3, St. Louis Blues 2 (OT)
- Edmonton Oilers 4, Minnesota Wild 3 (SO)
- San Jose Sharks 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Across the Sound
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have been struggling since their entire first line was called up to play for the Islanders in the NHL, as to be expected. The Sound Tigers have lost 3 straight games, something the team hasn’t been accustomed to in recent play. Prior to the call-up, Bridgeport was the hottest team in the AHL, winning 14 of their last 16 games.