Maple Leafs fail to clinch, as Islanders rally to win

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address.. Maple Leafs fail to clinch, as Islanders rally to win 11:52 p.m.. EDT April 18, 2013 New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner (40) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.. New York defeated Toronto 5-3.. (Photo: John E.. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights John Tavares had two goals and an assist for New York The Islanders moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference Toronto failed to clinch its first playoff birth since 2004 TORONTO (AP) — John Tavares and the New York Islanders have been road warriors this season and will have to continue to win away from home to end their playoff drought.. Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the seventh-place Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.. The Islanders overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win the first of five straight road games they will play to end the regular season.. They improved to 13-5-2 away from home, and earned their fifth win in six games as they chase their first playoff berth since 2007.. “That’s where we want to go, we want to keep moving up …. and take care of our own business,” Tavares said. source:

Islanders Win, Move Up to Sixth Place in NHL East Playoff Race

The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 last night to clinch their first playoff berth since 2004.. The Leafs are in fifth place and the Senators fell to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference.. At MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Brad Boyes and John Tavares fired goals in the shootout to give the Islanders the win.. “Good two points for us,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano told reporters.. “It was loud, it was a great atmosphere and it was one of the quickest games I’ve been involved in, so it was a track meet for sure.” The Islanders (24-16-5) hold sixth place in the conference with 53 points, moving one point ahead of the Senators.. The Rangers (23-17-4), who didn’t play last night, have 50 points, one ahead of the ninth place Jets (23-19-3).. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs.. The Rangers have four games remaining, including tonight’s contest against the New Jersey Devils, while the Islanders and Jets each have three games remaining.. Frans Nielsen gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game and Zach Bogosian tied the score six minutes later.. Josh Bailey restored the Islanders lead, 2-1, before the end of the first period. source:

Blue Jackets and Islanders spring big surprises

Jack Capuano

At home, the PK ranks sixth in the league with a very impressive 88.1 success rate.. Isles of smiles Coach Jack Capuano has gotten the most out of his Isles, but is rarely mentioned as a Jack Adams Award candidate.. Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images While they are better offensively, the Islanders’ collective mindset is not terribly dissimilar from the Blue Jackets’, starting with the growing confidence that comes from a group showing the rest of the league that it is for real.. That confidence translates to the complete game the Isles throw at opponents under Jack Capuano, who should be under consideration by the NHL Broadcasters who vote for the Jack Adams Award as Coach of the Year.. His Isles don’t do anything fancy.. They don’t beat you with speed, although they do have one of the game’s exceptional skaters in Michael Grabner.. Rather, they don’t get outworked.. They doggedly pursue the puck well all over the ice and force turnovers, then get to an effective transition game where they allow their skill to kick in.. No one has gotten more attention on this team for his skill than John Tavares — and he’s going to get serious Hart Trophy props when the votes are tallied.. His chemistry with Matt Moulson on the Isles’ top line is as good as it gets, but one of Capuano’s little secrets has been not fiddling too much with his lines, allowing chemistry to bubble up no matter which unit is out there. source:

Islanders win, keep moving up in East

Islanders forward John Tavares (91) celebrates 2nd goal as Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer (34) and defenseman Jake Gardner (51) lie on the ice

Now the Leafs head into an important road game in Ottawa against the sixth-place Senators.. Franson said Toronto’s woes aren’t the result of the club looking ahead to the postseason.. ”We have to stop the bleeding here and get back to what made us successful,” he said.. ”But our lack of lack of success the last two games has nothing to do with thinking we’ve got a playoff spot.. ”This is adversity.. A lot of our mistakes are usually correctable, we just have to pay attention.” Lupul said after going ahead, the Leafs became their own worst enemy.. ”We were making awful, awful turnovers especially when we got up 2-0 in the first,” he said.. ”We were throwing the puck in the middle of the ice and giving them a chance to turn the momentum and have success.. Check out photos of the NHL’s 2013 ice girls .. The Islanders controlled an eventful first, outshooting Toronto 19-5 but needed a late surge to erase a 2-0 deficit. source:


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