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Dose: Isles play first of five

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It was an interesting day in the NHL as the league gave Nazem Kadri a four game suspension for his crosscheck on the Red Wings Luke Glendening Saturday. The suspension will end the season for Kadri as the Maple Leafs had only four games remaining and they are not in the post-season.

 

Steven Stamkos underwent surgery on Monday to treat a blood clot that was close to his right collarbone. The surgery was successful (when was the last time you heard that surgery on an athlete was unsuccessful at the time of the operation) and Stamkos is expected to miss one-three months. That could effectively end his career as a Lightning as Stamkos is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

  

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NEW YORK ISLANDERS 5 TAMPA BAY 2

The Lightning certainly missed their leading goal scorer in this one but they have to get used to life without Steven Stamkos.

 

It was a big night for the Islanders leader as John Tavares scored once and added a couple of helpers in the win. Tavares hit the 30 goal mark for the third time in his career and now has 64 points.

 

It was the first of five games for the Islanders this week as they were forced to play a makeup game from the January 22-23 snow storm when the Eastern seaboard was hit and hit hard.

 

Ryan Pulock with his second, Matt Martin and Johnny Boychuk each got their ninth and Brock Nelson (26) completed the scoring for New York.

 

Kyle Okposo had a pair of assists.

 

Nick Leddy had six shots on goal as well as three blocked shots while Cal Clutterbuck had five hits.

 

Thomas Greiss was solid in goal with 32 saves as he is now 22-11-4 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.37 GAA.

 

Alex Killorn (14) and Victor Hedman (10) replied for the Lightning.

 

Ben Bishop started and gave up all five goals on only 23 shots before he was pulled after Johnny Boychuk scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy mopped up and stopped all 13 shots sent his way.

 

Calvin de Haan suffered a knee injury when blocking a shot in the first period. He returned for one shift in the middle stanza but was unable to continue. He is doubtful for Tuesday’s game.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS 4 COLUMBUS 2

Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan each had a goal and an assist to send the Rangers to the post-season with a playoff clinching 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets.

 

Mats Zuccarello and Dan Boyle also scored for the Blueshirts.

 

Nick Foligno scored both for Columbus as he was put on the fourth line with Jared Boll and Greg Campbell. He finally reached double digits in goal scoring and it was his first goals in 16 games. He now has 11 goals, a far cry from the 31 he had last season in what certainly seems to be a career year.

 

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots and has a 34-20-7 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

 

Joonas Korpisalo made 26 saves on 29 shots as the Rangers scored an empty netter to clinch the win. He is 15-11-4 with a 2.65 GAA and a .918 save percentage. The Finnish netminder is only 21 and the Blue Jackets look as though they have a good one in Korpisalo.

 

Ryan McDonagh left the game in the first period with an undisclosed injury. He did not return and is questionable for Tuesday.

 

FLORIDA 4 TORONTO 3

Rocco Grimaldi scored twice in the second period as the Panthers raced to a 3-0 lead heading into the third but had to hold on as Toronto dropped a 4-3 decision to Florida.

 

The Panthers need Aleksander Barkov’s 27th goal of the season to beat the lowly Leafs. Nick Bjugstad opened the scoring for Florida with his 14th in what has been a disappointing season for the former first round pick.

 

Barkov continues to impress me with his play and the Panthers really picked themselves a great player when they selected him second overall in the 2013 Draft.

 

Colin Greening scored twice to give him three in his last two games and six on the season. T.J. Brennan, a recent recall from the Marlies, scored his first of the season. The defenseman was rewarded for his outstanding leadership at the AHL level and gets to collect an NHL salary for a couple of weeks.

 

Al Montoya turned aside 23 shots as he is 12-6-3 with a 2.13 GAA and a .921 save percentage. He has been outstanding whenever Roberto Luongo has needed a rest.

 

Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 of 36 shots and is now 11-21-3 with a 2.88 GAA and a .907 save percentage. He will have to turn around his career if he hopes to get another nice contract when this one expires after the 2016-17 season.

 

ST. LOUIS 5 ARIZONA 2

Kyle Brodziak led the charge as the Blues fought back from a two goal deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2.

 

Troy Brouwer (18), Vladimir Tarasenko (37) and Patrik Berglund with his 10th also scored for the Blues as Brodziak now has seven this season.

 

Scottie Upshall and Alex Pietrangelo each had a couple of helpers.

 

Antoine Vermette and Anthony Duclair opened the scoring for Arizona. It was the 20th of the season for the rookie Duclair who should receive a bit of consideration for the Calder as he was in the top-seven among first year players.

 

Alex Tanguay picked up a pair of assists in the loss.

 

Brian Elliott made 25 saves to push his record to 22-7-6 this season. He has outstanding peripherals with a 2.03 GAA as well as a .931 save percentage.

 

Mike Smith finally came back down to Earth as he has been sensational since returning last month from core muscle surgery that kept him out of action for three-and-a-half months. He made 21 saves on 26 shots as he is now 15-12-1 with a 2.68 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

 

David Backes and Jake Allen both suffered lower body injuries on Sunday and will be out for the remainder of the regular season. They will be re-evaluated next week to determine how close they are to returning to the lineup for the playoffs.

 

VANCOUVER 3 LOS ANGELES 2

Jared McCann’s ninth goal of the season was the winner as the Canucks upset the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Monday.

 

The Canucks got great goaltending from Ryan Miller who stopped 40 shots. He is 17-23-9 in this disappointing season with a 2.61 GAA and a .918 save percentage but he was vintage Miller on Monday night to thwart the Kings.

 

Emerson Etem with his sixth and Jannik Hansen on the power play, also scored for Vancouver.

 

Tyler Toffoli with his 30th of the season and Kyle Clifford with his third scored for the Kings.

 

Jonathan Quick made 21 saves as he is 39-23-4 with a 2.23 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

 

Alec Martinez did not play with an undisclosed injury. It was the Kings sixth loss in their last eight games.

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.