Alan Quine got into his first two NHL games, got his first NHL goal and a lot of great memories this past weekend. The 23-year-old forward had to figure that was it for his taste of the big time this season.
Not so fast. Quine went back to Bridgeport after Sunday’s regular-season finale but came right back up on Tuesday and could potentially get into Thursday’s Game 1 lineup against the Panthers in Sunrise, Florida.
“Yeah, definitely a bit surprised when Tommer (Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson) called me yesterday to tell me to pack my stuff back up and head here,” Quine said after Islanders practice. “It feels great to know they wanted me back so soon.”
Quine alternated on the left wing with Shane Prince in Tuesday’s practice alongside Ryan Strome and Steve Bernier. Quine is a natural center and has played in the middle for just about all of his three seasons in the AHL since the Isles took him in the sixth round of the 2013 draft — he was originally a Red Wings third-round pick in 2011, but he wasn’t signed and went back into the draft — but could easily shift to the wing.
Jack Capuano is looking for a little extra grit from the bottom six, which means the Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck fourth line is back together and Quine, a bit bigger and edgier than Prince, could get the call Thursday.
Jagr: I remember ’93
Jaromir Jagr is the only active player remaining in the NHL from the last time the Isles won a playoff series, and it was his Penguins the Islanders upset in the Eastern Conference semifinal 23 years ago.
“I remember that series; it was a long time ago but I saw some highlights lately,” Jagr told reporters in Florida on Tuesday. “That’s what the playoffs are about. People, the media, thinks it’s easy but it’s not. It can go the other way. That’s why it’s so exciting.”
Lee surgery a success
Anders Lee had surgery to repair a broken left fibula on Monday and his eight-week recovery can begin. Lee suffered the injury after catching Johnny Boychuk’s slap shot on the leg Thursday against the Rangers, then the break displaced when Lee tried to take another shift after the injury.
Mikhail Grabovski (concussion) remained off the ice and is almost certainly out for the postseason.
For the Panthers, F Vincent Trocheck (foot) did not practice and will likely miss at least the first few games of the series.