Latest Travis Zajac News

Tensions rise quickly in semifinals between unfamiliar foes

Jun. 19, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

When a heated scrum broke out between Islanders and Lightning players at the final horn of Game 2 and New York's Travis Zajac wrestled Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli to the ice, it did not feel like these teams didn't face off all season. “I think we are familiar with them...

NHL semifinals full of 'hunger' for first Stanley Cup title

Jun. 16, 2021 02:04 AM EDT

When the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup last year, it was the first time most of their players and coaches had ever lifted the trophy. Now that they have savored the taste of winning, they want to help trade deadline pickup David Savard do the same in his 10th...

Hall of a trade: Deadline acquisitions are difference-makers

May. 28, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

Just when the New York Islanders got finished with Jeff Carter lighting it up against them with Pittsburgh, they face another significant trade deadline pickup in Taylor Hall and the Boston Bruins. The Islanders might not even be in the second round if not for a trade to...

Devils see bright future despite missing playoffs yet again

May. 13, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils were one of the NHL's youngest teams this past season, and many times they played like it. Using 11 rookies at times over the course of Lindy Ruff's first season as coach, the Devils made mistakes and showed their inexperience in missing the playoffs...

McLeod, Blackwood lead Devils to 2-1 win over Islanders

May. 06, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Michael McLeod scored the tiebreaking goal late in the second period, Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots and the New Jersey Devils beat the playoff-bound New York Islanders 2-1 Thursday night for their fifth win in six games. Pavel Zacha also...

Houser wins in NHL debut as Sabres rally past Islanders 4-2

May. 03, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Michael Houser stopped 34 shots in his NHL debut, Sam Reinhart scored twice in Buffalo's three-goal third period and the Sabres beat the playoff-bound New York Islanders 4-2 on Monday night. Tage Thompson and Rasmund Asplund also scored for Buffalo,...

Bergeron, Bruins blank Devils to clinch playoff spot

May. 03, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Not only did the Boston Bruins play like a team looking to nail down its spot in the playoffs a week early, they looked like one capable of going a long way in the run for the Stanley Cup. Captain Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal of the season...

Kuznetsov lifts Capitals past Islanders 1-0 in shootout

Apr. 22, 2021 23:01 PM EDT

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov wasn't sure if he was going to get a chance in the shootout. When he did, he took advantage and sent the Washington Capitals back into sole possession of first place in the East Division. Kuznetsov scored the deciding goal of the...

Hall scores, Rask returns in Bruins 4-1 win over Islanders

Apr. 15, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Taylor Hall scored his first goal for Boston and Tuukka Rask stopped 22 shots to earn his 300th career victory — and his first since February — as the Bruins dominated the New York Islanders and won 4-1 on Thursday night. Rask had played just once...

Players traded to new division face 'refreshing' opponents

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

Fresh off his trade to the Penguins, Jeff Carter reminisced with Sidney Crosby about their classic battles in rivalry games back when he broke into the NHL with Philadelphia. Now Carter can't wait to play against the Flyers, but not because he harbors some ill will a...