Isles recall Sundstrom again

The Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom on an emergency basis on Wednesday, the team announced.

Sundstrom was returned to Bridgeport on Monday.

The Morning Skate: Isles KO Sens, Bossy’s Donuts

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

With last night’s loss to the Senators, the Islanders effectively knocked the Senators out of the playoffs in addition to Brett Gallant knocking out Matt Kassian.

Ok, so the Islanders didn’t knock them out but despite the win, Ottawa is out of the playoffs as the Blue Jackets beat the Phoenix Coyotes in overtime. That win bolsters Columbus’ playoff hopes as they are four points clear of Washington and five clear of the Devils with only three games to go.  

In other Ottawa Senators news, their goaltender names his pet piranhas after Senators beat writers (no, really).

In transaction news today, the Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom which — just guessing — that’s probably due to Cal Clutterbuck’s injury yesterday. The team has not had an update today on Clutterbuck’s status after he left and did not return to last night’s game.

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Senators 4, Islanders 1: Isles Drop Final Home Game of Season

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders ended their home schedule on a sour note Tuesday night.

The Ottawa Senators scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Isles 4-1 in front of a crowd of 12,922 at Nassau Coliseum. Jason Spezza scored back-to-back goals and Alex Hemsky scored the game winner for the Senators. Matt Kassian’s empty net goal sealed the victory for Ottawa.

“I thought our kids battled,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. “The most skilled team won the game tonight. There’s no question. A highly skilled team that caught our D flat footed on a couple goals there. Spezza is a world class player obviously and Hempsky. We had our chances, but I thought we were pretty structured. I thought our kids worked hard.”

The game was a scoreless draw for the first 32:45 of the game before Spezza scored his first goal of the contest. His shot from the top of the left circle made it past Anders Nilsson and into the net to put Ottawa up 1-0. The Islanders responded in the opening minute of the third period. Frans Nielsen put home a rebound shot to even the game at one 22 seconds into the period.

Nilsson played well after the tying goal and kept the Senators at bay, but at 12:45 Spezza struck again. A quick wrist shot from the Ottawa captain made it under the crossbar to put his team up 2-1. Hempsky scored roughly two minutes later on an impressive play that saw him wiz past the Islanders defense and beat Nilsson.

An empty net goal in the final minute sealed the 4-1 victory.

The loss was the 19th time the Islanders lost at home this season and marks the fourth straight year they have finished below .500 at Nassau Coliseum. It’s not something that the players in the locker room are happy about, and they want the fans to know that.

“We’ve got some of the best fans in the league,” Travis Hamonic said. “We want to be able to win here first of all for each other. For the organization, for the fans, for Long Island. We want to win here. It’s a fun place to win games and the crowd gets behind you. We’ve got loyal fans and it would be nice to have some better efforts here at home.”

The Islanders realized that this season has not turned out the way they or the fanbase had hoped it would.

“Last year we took a step in the right direction, but this year we went back the other way,” Matt Martin said. “We have to get back on track, but [the fans] stuck with us this year. My first few years here there wouldn’t be people in the stands tonight and there have been a lot of people in the seats this whole season. We’re grateful for that.”

The Islanders have three games remaining in the 2013-14 season. On Thursday they take on the Montreal Candians, followed by a trip to Newark on Friday and wrapping it all up on Sunday in Buffalo against the Sabres.

Video: Brett Galant’s First NHL Fight Ended Fast

The Islanders called up Sound Tigers enforcer Brett Galant yesterday and in his first NHL game, Gallant didn’t waste any time dropping the gloves. He squared off against Ottawa’s Matt Kassian and, well, just watch:

Galant racked up 7 penalty minutes in the first period and played :57 on the ice. The Islanders and Senators are currently scoreless after one period.

Game Day (79): Senators at Islanders, 7pm

(33-31-14)                (31-36-11)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Senators… The Senators will be without left wing Collin Greening when they take on the Isles on Tuesday. Greening has not played since March 30 due to an undisclosed injury. He did partake in practice with the Senators on Monday. … Craig Anderson will start for Ottawa on Tuesday night. He played in last Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Islanders in Ottawa. … Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch could become the 89th player in Senators history to play in 100 games if he plays against the Isles…

The Islanders get set to play their final home game of the year on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators.

Brett Gallant will make his NHL debut after getting called up on Monday from AHL Bridgeport. Gallant has a goal and an assist in 56 games for the Sound Tigers. He also leads Bridgeport in penalty minutes with 246. Scott Mayfield will make his home debut for the Islanders after playing in his first NHL contest on Sunday.

Mayfield saw 17:04 of playing time in the 4-0 shutout loss in Columbus.

Anders Nilsson will start in net for the Islanders. He is 6-6-2 on the season and was in net for the Islanders when they defeated the Senators last Wednesday in the Canadian capital.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Bailey Czuczman-Hamonic Nilsson
Persson-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nabokov
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Mayfield
Scratches: Martinek, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares

Isles recall Brett Gallant, return Johan Sundstrom

The Islanders have recalled Brett Gallant from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers under emergency conditions.

New York will return Johan Sundstrom to Bridgeport.

Gallant, 25, leads the Sound Tigers with 245 penalty minutes, the fourth highest total in the AHL. The Summerside, PE, native also has two points (one goal, one assist) in 56 games this season.

The Islanders signed Gallant as a free agent on Feb. 5, 2013. The 2013-14 season marks his third full campaign with the Sound Tigers and his fifth professional season. In 140 AHL games with the Sound Tigers and Syracuse Crunch, Gallant has four goals, two assists and 596 penalty minutes.

Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 0 — Three PPGs Power Columbus

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Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

The Columbus Blue Jackets, sitting in the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, looked hungry to solidify their playoff chances and took advantage against 11 Islander rookies. Given six power plays, Columbus made half of them count en route to a shutout on their home ice. They notched three power play goals in their first four opportunities, and the Islanders weren’t able to answer.  

With the loss, the Islanders Tank keeps pace with the Calgary Flames’ Tank as the Isles hold the fourth position in the draft lottery. Both teams have 73 points in 78 games with the Islanders holding the tiebreaker of fewer ROW wins (regulation and overtime wins). The Florida Panthers are in third with 64 points and with three games to go, it’s not possible for them to pass the Islanders.  To read more of this story, click here

Game Day (78): Islanders at Blue Jackets, 6pm

(34-30-13)                (31-35-10)
Nationwide Arena — Columbus, OH
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Blue Jackets… Ryan Johansen has 31 goals for Columbus this year, the second most ever for the franchise by a player not named Rick Nash… Nathan Horton and Nikita Nikitin are both questionable for tonight’s game…Sergei Bobrovsky is the confirmed starter for Columbus…  

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders will look to play spoiler again for another Eastern Conference team’s playoff hopes, as they travel to Columbus to play the Blue Jackets. Columbus is currently sitting in the final playoff spot in the East, one point ahead of New Jersey and Toronto.

Both teams could be worn out for this one; tonight will be each team’s fourth game in the last six games. Columbus’ final week of the season is especially condensed, as they play five games in seven days this week and eight games in 12 April days overall.

For the Islanders, Scott Mayfield is expected to make his NHL debut and Johan Sundstrom will also play after both were recalled last night. They will replace the re-injured Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan. Anders Nilsson is the confirmed starter in goal with Sergei Bobrovsky on the other side of the ice. Here’s a guess at the lineup:

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Bailey Czuczman-Hamonic Nilsson
Persson-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nabokov
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Mayfield
Scratches: Martinek, Grabner, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares

Isles Recall Two from Bridgeport

The Islanders have recalled Johan Sundstrom and Scott Mayfield from Bridgeport. Sundstrom has played nine games for the Islanders this year, recording one assist.

For Mayfield it will be his first NHL callup. Mayfield, originally a 2nd round pick in 2011, has played 69 games with the Sound Tigers this season. He has 125 PIM, 17 points and is a -2 in those games.