Plagued by injuries, and shorthanded by recent trades, the Isles will field a lineup consisting of many who started the season in Connecticut. This is even truer in light of Michael Grabner’s concussion. There is no time table for Grabner’s return, and in truth, it’s not likely he will play again this season. Therefore on Thursday, the Islanders recalled Johan Sundstrom from Bridgeport.
On a day highlighted by trade talk, the Islanders escaped on the ice and prevailed in overtime after blowing another 3rd period lead. The Vanek trade is still the number 1 story in Islanders nation, but this was a great way to have some fun while Garth and company look to get a deal done.
In a battle of the Olympics’ top two goal scorers, the New York Islanders came out on top on the strength of Lubomir Visnovsky’s snap shot from the slot 1:55 into overtime.
Toronto’s Phil Kessel and the Islanders’ Michael Grabner each had five goals in Sochi to pace Men’s hockey in the Olympics, and each of these wingers factored in tonight’s offense.
With Austria's most recent loss to the Slovenians, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner will both be returning to Long Island with their Olympic tours coming to an early end (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).
Grabner leaves the tournament second in scoring, only behind Team USA's Phil Kessel. Vanek finished with only one assist in the four games played as Team Austria's captain.
Now Vanek will focus on returning to a destination that he will likely only call his home for a short while longer. It was evident that Isles GM Garth Snow was looking to move the star forward before the NHL roster freeze. When NHL games resume, there will be only five days left for Snow to trade Vanek to a contending team looking to bolster their roster before the playoffs.
Last night in the NHL was the final day of regular season games and the two week break for the Olympics is here now. The NHL participants for the men’s hockey tournament will fly over to Sochi, Russia and represent their countries in the tournament that begins on Wednesday.