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Islanders’ Calvin de Haan penalized for checking Jonathan Drouin in the head

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Not a great way for the Islanders to start a game.

It took mere minutes for the New York Islanders to find themselves at the mercy of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 5-on-3 power play on Tuesday, and they have defenseman Calvin de Haan to thank.

A few shifts had passed when Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin chased after a puck inside the Islanders’ zone. De Haan charged in to meet him, and the end result was fairly violent.

Though officials seemed to have missed it initially, they were forced to reconvene when Lightning forward Ryan Callahan immediately dropped the gloves and fought de Haan. Both sat in the penalty box, but de Haan’s five-minute major and 10-minute misconduct for interference paved the way for the Lightning’s first goal minutes later.

Drouin left for the locker room and did not immediately return. De Haan could probably expect a call from the Department of Player Safety soon for the hit.