Andrew Ladd Case Study

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This summer, general manager Garth Snow went out and signed Andrew Ladd to a big money deal and Jason Chimera to replace the departed Matt Martin, hoping to add some additional veteran leadership to a team coming off its first playoff round victory in over 20 years.

Even though the offensive numbers have been slow to arrive (Chimera with 4-5-9 in 25 games but three goals past five games and Ladd 3-3-6 in 25 games but 1-2-3 in past five games), they have combined with existing veterans to help the Islanders out of the types of malaise that struck the team during the months of October (4-5-0) and November (4-5-4).

After a string of one regulation win in 12 games, New York has won three of its last four in regulation, added an overtime win
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But a little over a minute later, another Islanders veteran, Andrew Ladd, put a quick dumping of sand on those flames. After a nifty between the legs pass to Shane Prince off a Kevin Klein turnover, Ladd smartly followed up the play and was ‘Johnny on the spot’ as Henrik Lundqvist poke checked the puck off Prince and Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei, giving Ladd an empty net to deposit his third of the season to regain the home team’s two goal cushion.

“It’s a big win, penalty kill did a heck of a job, power play stepped up and got a big goal when we needed it. Contributions from everyone” said captain John Tavares. Tavares scored a huge goal with nine minutes remaining as he clanged a snap shot off the post behind Lundqvist after the Islanders had an absolutely horrific power play attempt their previous try. Clearly playing ill, the captain gutted this one out and lead all forwards in ice time once again with 18:45, four shot attempts and an 11-7 mark on
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When asked what it means to finally climb back to NHL .500 at 10-10-5, he summed it up perfectly, as he is known to do.

“It means we still have a lot of work to do. Obviously, we’ve certainly had some ups and downs, plenty of frustrations and while we’re certainly playing better hockey, we know we still can be even better. That’s really the mindset.”

Beyond the box: The Islanders spent 9:26 on the penalty kill, leading to a 77-44 shot attempt advantage for the Rangers….Casey Cizikas was 6-12 on faceoffs in 16:25….Johnny Boychuk was sidelined with flu-like symptoms and Anthony Beauvillier sat out his third straight game in favor of Alan Quine, who played only 8:37….Islanders Jaroslav Halak is now 10-1-0 all-time versus Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist….Rangers Matt Puempel left the game in the first period with a concussion after a collision with Brock Nelson and Rick Nash left in the second with a groin strain.

Josh Bailey spoke of that viral picture from Sunday of his wife Megan holding their infant son by the glass as the team was taking warm-ups. “Yeah, I seen it too. It was special for both of us, especially for me, him coming to his first game and all. Something I’ll never
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