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Nick Leddy's streak of 320 consecutive games snapped

Nick Leddy of the New York Islanders defends

Nick Leddy of the New York Islanders defends against Lauri Korpikoski of the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Nick Leddy missed his first game in five seasons Tuesday night, a streak of 320 consecutive games snapped by an injury suffered in the second period of Monday night's 4-3 overtime win in Toronto.

Leddy had a couple of moments when he may have suffered the unspecified injury. He charged down the slot with the puck and took a slash to his back or side, forcing him to miss the Leafs net with a shot and leaving him wincing in pain. On his next shift, he went to play a Leafs player near his blue line and quickly retracted his arm, appearing to favor his left side.

Leddy didn't take another shift Monday night. In addition to his iron-man run that dated to his rookie season of 2010-11 with the Blackhawks, Leddy has been invaluable in many areas on the Islanders defense, leading the corps with 10 goals.

Brian Strait played for the first time in five games after being a healthy scratch the past four.

 

Coliseum rocking again

A lengthy media scrum in Toronto is nothing new for John Tavares, though the tone of the questions during his five years of playing in his hometown has definitely changed.

He was asked about the terrific atmosphere in the final year of the Coliseum and what might happen if a Stanley Cup Final were to be played there to close it out.

"I think the roof might blow off," Tavares said. "I swear there's dust falling from the ceiling when it's full as it is."

Tuesday night was the 19th Coliseum sellout of the season, equaling the total number of regular-season sellouts the previous four seasons combined -- and that includes the Stadium Series game against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium last season.

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