Martin OK after slamming into boards
Matt Martin could barely stand after slamming the Kings' Trevor Lewis into the boards Saturday. Martin went over Lewis and hit his chin on the dasher below the glass, knocked himself woozy and needed assistance to skate off to the dressing room.
He returned to the ice about five minutes later, however, saying he had no concussion symptoms.
"Walking down the tunnel, it kind of came back together for me. I'm OK; the doctors checked me out," said Martin, who had five hits in the physical 2-1 overtime win. That raised his league-leading total to 250, 52 more than Kings captain Dustin Brown, who is in second in the category.
With another game Sunday, the Islanders were fortunate to get through Saturday's game intact. Mark Eaton took a helmet to the face, causing a nice-sized welt on his cheek. Matt Moulson crawled to the bench after a cross-check to the ribs knocked the wind out of him. And John Tavares took a couple of high hits, including an elbow to the head by Kings rookie Jordan Nolan, son of former Islanders coach Ted Nolan.
With all the injuries to their defense, the Islanders have to fight through the bumps and bruises now.
Brian Rolston got out of the press box and into the lineup for the first time in six games, with rookie forward Rhett Rakhshani sitting out as a healthy scratch. Rolston played in his 1,228th career game and had three shots on goal . . . Marty Reasoner (broken thumb) and Travis Hamonic (broken nose) remained out. D Dylan Reese (sprained knee) and D Mike Mottau (concussion) are on injured reserve . . . The Islanders are 13-0-6 when leading after one period . . . Former Islander Trent Hunter had two shots on goal and was a minus-1 in only 7:09 of ice time for the Kings.