Nylander and Leafs ruin Samuel Bolduc's debut

Nylander and Leafs spoil Samuel Bolduc’s debut

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Quebecer Samuel Bolduc had a great time playing his first game in the National Hockey League on Monday in Toronto. The New York Islanders, however, suffered the wrath of William Nylander, who shone in a 5-2 victory over the Maple Leafs. 

A few hours after being recalled from the Bridgeport school club, the 22-year-old Laval defender made his official debut with the “Isles”. Playing on a pair completed by Sebastian Aho, the former 2019 second-round pick went 14:28. on the ice in defeat. He had three hits and a shot and was not on the ice in any of the hosts' five wins.

Bolduc and the Big Apple team were hit hard by the Hurricane “Willy Styles” in the second period. The Swedish winger participated in all four goals for his team during this engagement, threading the needle twice in addition to being an accomplice of John Tavares and Calle Jarnkrok.

Nylander thus increased his tally to 26 goals and 56 points in 48 games this season, after enjoying an 80-point campaign in 2021-2022.

Former captain of the Islanders, Tavares also had fun at expense of his former team. He skillfully set up Nylander's first goal to tie the game before scoring his 21st goal of the season, on the power play.

Discreet by his standards since the start of the campaign, Auston Matthews displayed his fine-day form to nail the New York coffin in the last third. He mocked Ryan Pulock's defensive coverage before beating Ilya Sorokin on the breakaway.

Captain Anders Lee secured the visitors' line. He gave his team the lead twice in the first half, scoring his 16th and 17th goals of the season.

In the loss, playmaker Mathew Barzal earned his first point since Jan. 5 in Edmonton. He had been cleared from the scoresheet in his last seven games.

This is a fifth straight loss for the “Islanders”, who have not tasted victory since the visit of the Montreal Canadiens at UBS Arena on January 14.

The Panthers can't help it against the big guns of the Rangers

At Madison Square Garden , the star players of the New York Rangers got up in a 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Forwards Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin and defenseman Adam Fox all had three points. In front of his cage, goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin repelled 33 of his rivals' 35 shots.

Fox's success, the first goal scored in this duel, particularly pleased New York supporters. The full-back decided to attack, passed between two opponents and beat goalkeeper Alex Lyon with a magnificent feint. It was the 10th goal of the 2020-21 James-Norris Trophy recipient season.

Zibanejad assisted on Fox's goal and hit the target twice. Panarin meanwhile provided three assists. The other players who deceived the vigilance of Lyon are Alexis Lafrenière and Jimmy Vesey. Filip Chytil completed the scoring in an empty net.

The Panthers' goals came off the stick from Carter Verhaeghe and Aleksander Barkov, who scored in the first and last periods respectively. This setback also put an end to a short series of two victories for the Florida club.