Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vid: Isles' Tavares Gets Crunched into Linesman by Leafs' Nikolai Kulemin

The New York Islanders have lost five straight road games, all in regulation, and if that isn't an indication that things are going really bad for the Isles, then have a look at this big check by Leaf' winger Nikolai Kulemin on New York's star center John Tavares.

Tavares, who had his assist and points streak snapped at five games in the loss, is usually a strong skater who is pretty tough to bowl over.

But much like his anemic Islanders, the Missisagua, Ontario nativa was ripe for picking on Tuesday at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. This play starts innocently but ends up as one of the biggest hits we've seen all year. Hilarious watching the linesman pull up in center ice and try to jump over the boards only to find that he was far, far too late...

The Islanders have been outscored 21-8 in their last five road games, and they've been outscored 17-4 in the third period of their last 12 games.

The good news? Tavares is okay. Oh, and Thomas Vanek should make his return to the lineup, either when New York plays the Pens on Friday or the Flyers on Saturday.