Noah Dobson’s costly Islanders mistake spoils standout showing

PITTSBURGH — As Noah Dobson prepares for Sunday, the league will have to pay some respect to the 24-year-old’s breakout season.

The game, which put together his sixth three-assist game of the season, was the biggest stage the Islanders have played on all season, both figuratively and literally, with about 80,000 people watching at MetLife Stadium. .

They were on track for a monumental victory against the Rangers with Dobson named MVP of the day.

Noah Dobson watches the Islanders lose to the Rangers on February 19, 2024. NHLI (via Getty Images)

The Rangers then fought back in overtime, and in the opening seconds of overtime Dobson tried to climb up the middle of the ice and passed the puck straight to Artemi Panarin. Panarin immediately ended the game with a 6-5 Rangers win as Dobson slid. Go to the internet in vain.

“That’s pretty self-explanatory,” Dobson said later. “He takes the puck out of the air. When they take a shot, it goes in.”

The 24-year-old defenseman has emerged as a Norris Trophy candidate this season, scoring more than one point per game and playing a lot of minutes.

But this he has to wear.

“Of course, I think it’s best not to try to make a saucer.” [pass] He’s in the middle of the ice,” coach Patrick Roy said. “I like my defensemen to skate. That’s what we did all night and had some success. I thought we managed the puck really well the whole game today and There were times in overtime when I thought I could do that.”

In fact, Dobson did exactly what Roy wanted him to do, with an assist early in the game that slid the puck up the ice for Bo Horvat to score on a 4-for-4.

Artemi Panarin scores the winning goal in the Islanders' loss to the Rangers on February 18, 2024, and Noah Dobson slides into the net.
Artemi Panarin scores the winning goal in the Islanders’ loss to the Rangers on February 18, 2024, and Noah Dobson slides into the net. AP

His ability to move the puck in general is one of his best assets, and it was on display for 60 minutes of a game that lasted 60:10 on Sunday.

“Obviously, we didn’t really focus on that,” he said of the three assists. “I’m just trying to do what I can every night to try and get a win. Obviously, this time of year is very important. It’s unfortunate, isn’t it?

“We have to play better and get a different result at the end. We just have to get the job done.”

After the Islanders dominated the Penguins last season to advance to the playoffs, Pittsburgh has a chance to advance to 3-0 this year against the Isles on Tuesday, with the final regular-season game between the two taking place on April 17th. -Final episode of the season.



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