OTTAWA — It took a little while, but 45 games into his NHL career, the Islanders’ Alan Quine finally played in his hometown Saturday.
Having grown up in Ottawa watching the Senators from the stands, Quine was on the other bench playing against the team he once cheered for, more than five years after being drafted for the first time.
“It’s something you always dream of as a kid, to play in your hometown in the NHL, and I was really happy that I got to do that,’’ said Quine, who finished the game with just over 15 minutes of ice time and two shots on goal. “I wish I played here more, but it was special having my family and friends here.”
Next up, Avalanche
The Islanders’ loss to Ottawa was only their second in regulation in a month. They won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the win column as they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night.
The Avalanche is buried in the basement of the league standings, but the Islanders must be wary of overconfidence, captain John Tavares said.
“You can’t take any team for granted,” Tavares said. “Colorado has certainly had its troubles this year, but they’re an explosive team and have got some guys that can really skate and make some plays and that can burn you if you’re not playing disciplined hockey and playing hard.
“Playing in our building, we want to take advantage of being at home and we’ll turn our focus to [Sunday night].”
Three’s a winner
The Islanders have a record of 23-5-3 this season when they score at least three goals in a game. When they don’t hit the three-goal mark, they are 1-14-7.