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Of course there was a whole hockey game played, the result of which matters now in determining the Islanders draft pick at the end of the year, should they choose to not give it to Buffalo for the Thomas Vanek trade.
Cal Clutterbuck started the scoring seven minutes into the first period. After Johan Sundstrom tried a wraparound, the puck came loose in the slot where Clutterbuck picked it up and zipped it into the net past Sergei Bobrovsky. The Islanders would add another to their lead just prior to the second intermission, as Travis Hamonic pulled off his best Mark Streit and skated right through the Columbus defense, which has got to be some of the worst penalty killing of the year:From there, the Islanders entered the third with the "dreaded two-goal lead," but chose to hold onto this one against a Columbus team that looked like the just didn't have their legs. The Islanders also retired their black third jerseys today, ending with a 7-12-5 record in those unis.Next up for the Islanders is a road trip that goes through Carolina on Tuesday and Tampa Bay on Thursday. They return home on Saturday to host the Devils.