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Islanders: Pelech played with Injury for Most of Game Five, Requires Surgery

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 24: Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders is tended to by the trainer during the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 24, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 24: Adam Pelech #3 of the New York Islanders is tended to by the trainer during the third period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 24, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders were missing Adam Pelech for Game six against the Lightning. The Islanders finally disclosed why he was out.

Going into game six of the Eastern Conference Finals, most fans expected the New York Islanders to roll with the same lineup that won the highly entertaining double-overtime game five to force a game seven, but when the rosters were submitted, there was a big piece of the Islanders lineup that was omitted.

The big-name that was forced out for the lineup in the game that eliminated the Isles from Stanley Cup contention was Adam Pelech.

Pelech missed yesterday’s game due to a suffering an injury in game five of the series. As Barry Trotz said, Pelech

got hurt early on in that game and got through the rest of the game on adrenaline

.

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Now looking back at Pelech’s game five stat line is amazing. He led the Islanders in time on ice, with 31:59, had seven hits, one block and a finished the game plus-one. Knowing that he did most of this with a major injury, is incredible and speaks volumes about the 26-year-old defensemen.

Trotz did say that Pelech does need surgery and as of now, we do not know the timetable for his recovery.

This is unfortunate news for Pelech, who is just coming off an Achilles tendon injury, that he suffered on January 2nd. At the time the Achilles injury ruled Pelech out for the rest of the season.

Fortunately for the Islanders, he was able to play in the postseason, due to the season being postponed, and was an asset on the blue line and was a big reason why the Islanders made it to the Conference Final for the first time in 27 years.

This is the third known injury that an Islanders player has sustained in the postseason. Both Casey Cizikas and Tom Kuhnhackl left the bubble early due to injuries.

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We wish the best to all three of these players on their road to recovery and hopefully, they will all be back for the opening faceoff of the 2020-2021 season.

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