CALGARY, Alberta — Andrew Ladd and his teammates did not have a banner day here Sunday. Wednesday night will be a different story.
Ladd will be back in the Saddledome to have a banner raised in his honor by the Western League’s Calgary Hitmen, for whom he played two junior seasons from 2003-05. He’ll fly in from Edmonton after the Islanders face the Oilers on Tuesday night and head out to Vancouver on Thursday morning to rejoin his mates for their game against the Canucks.
Ladd will join Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, his junior teammate, in the “Forever a Hitman” ring of honor.
“You’re making decisions, trying to figure out who you are as a person, living those life lessons as you go. That all happened for me in Calgary here,” Ladd said. “It was a pleasure and I was lucky to be a part of such a great organization.”
Berube sharp in relief
Doug Weight may not have been counting on a comeback after the Islanders fell behind 4-0 after a period, but he was looking for some good play from J-F Berube, who replaced Thomas Greiss after the first.
Berube finished with 15 saves on 16 shots, surrendering only a goal by Kris Versteeg in the third on a three-on-one rush after Josh Ho-Sang and Travis Hamonic collided hard in the Flames’ zone.
“Yeah, I liked what I saw,” Weight said of Berube, who had allowed four goals in each of his two most recent appearances. “He looked like a guy who had something to show everyone.”
Johnny Boychuk missed Sunday’s game with a foot injury after blocking a shot Friday. He didn’t practice Saturday and is iffy for Tuesday night’s game in Edmonton . . . Adam Pelech was a healthy scratch as Weight put Thomas Hickey and Scott Mayfield back in the lineup. Both were scratched in Chicago.