Islanders-Flyers Preview

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That’s because there will be playoff hockey on Long Island for the first time since 2007 thanks to New York earning a 4-3 shootout loss over Carolina on Tuesday while ninth-place Winnipeg lost in regulation.. “You know we’re happy to be there and give ourselves an opportunity to compete in the playoffs,” said top scorer John Tavares , in his fourth season with the Islanders.. “A lot of us haven’t had that experience.” Tavares notched his 27th goal with 1:01 left in regulation to help New York improve to 8-0-3 in April.. That run has moved the Islanders (24-16-6) into sixth place in the Eastern Conference, within reach of Toronto for the No.. 5 seed and two points ahead of Ottawa and the Rangers.. New York closes the regular season Friday in Buffalo before beginning the playoffs next week.. “Our guys have battled hard and they deserve it,” coach Jack Capuano told the team’s official website.. “Most importantly, our fans deserve it.. They’re passionate.. They’ve been with us.. They haven’t seen playoff hockey in a while.. I’m proud of what the guys accomplished.” Philadelphia fans are very used to seeing postseason hockey. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/islanders-flyers-preview-191600259–nhl.html

NHL preview: Jets-Capitals game is key

The NHL is playing a compact 48-game, 99-day schedule and we

Louis clinched a playoff spot.  Bill Boyce, AP April 22: Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard had a 34-save shutout in a must-win game against the Phoenix Coyotes.  Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports April 22: Anaheim Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth made 24 saves in a 3-0 win against the Edmonton Oilers that clinched the Pacific Division title.  Jason Franson, AP April 22: Pittsburgh Penguins winger Brenden Morrow had two assists in a win against the Ottawa Senators.. His feed on Jarome Iginla’s goal caught the Senators by surprise.  Fred Chartrand, AP Related story Fullscreen April 21: There will not be a better top performance this season, as the Boston Bruins as a whole defeated the Panthers 3-0.. It was the Bruins’ first victory since the tragic events that plagued the city over the past week.  Winslow Townson, USA TODAY Sports April 21: New York right wing Ryan Callahan scored twice as his Rangers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1, eliminating them from playoff contention.  Debby Wong, USA TODAY Sports Related story Fullscreen April 21: LA’s Dustin Brown had two goals in the Kings’ 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars.. The win gave the Kings sole possession of fourth place in the West, and a better shot at home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs.  Gary A.. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 19: Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stretches before the Flames played the Ducks.. The 36-year-old stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 3-1 win over Anaheim.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports April 19: Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith scored a goal, notched two assists and played nearly 25 minutes against Nashville.. The Blackhawks beat the Predators 5-4.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports April 19: Rangers center Brad Richards scores his third goal against the Sabres.. Richards recorded the first hat trick of his career in the 8-4 win against Buffalo.  Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports April 18: Ottawa’s Kyle Turris had two goals in the Senators’ 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.. Ottawa’s win halted the Capitals’ eight-game winning streak.  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports April 18: New York Islanders forward John Tavares had two goals and one assist in the 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.. New York’s win prevented Toronto from clinching a playoff birth.  John E. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/23/nhl-preview-tuesday/2107217/

Islanders Secure NHL Playoff Spot; Rangers Fail to Clinch Berth

The Islanders lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes and booked a spot in the playoffs when the Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 last night.. The Islanders (24-16-6) have 54 points, two more than Ottawa and the Rangers (24-18-4), who lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers last night.. The Senators (23-16-6) hold seventh place and have played one fewer game than the Rangers, who now hold the eighth and final playoff spot — one point ahead of the Jets.. The Rangers have two games remaining, while the Jets have one game left.. The Capitals (26-18-2) secured the Southeast Division title with the victory against the Jets and are currently seeded third behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference.. At PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina , Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored in the shootout to give the Hurricanes the win against the Islanders.. John Tavares scored with 61 seconds left in the third period for the Islanders to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime.. Brad Boyes and Josh Bailey scored the other goals for New York.. At BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, Marcel Goc scored a power-play goal in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Panthers stopped the Rangers from clinching a playoff place.. Taylor Pyatt and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who have games left at Carolina tomorrow and at home against the New Jersey Devils on April 27. source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-24/islanders-secure-nhl-playoff-spot-rangers-fail-to-clinch-berth.html

How the New York Islanders returned to the playoffs

Thanks to John Tavares the New York Islanders are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07. (USATSI)

His production has improved every season he’s been in the NHL and he’s always been one of the best young players in the league, but this season he became one of the best players in the league.. And he has to be a top contender for the Hart Trophy.. Nearly every teammate he’s played with sees his production skyrocket when he’s on the ice with them, and along with Matt Moulson helps form one of the most prolific goal-scoring duos in the league.. The good news for the Islanders?. He’s probably just now entering the prime of his career.. Lubomir Visnovsky showed up and made a big impact The New York Islanders needed defensive help this offseason and made a bold move at the draft, trading for Lubomir Visnovsky.. The problem?. They weren’t actually sure if he was going to show up due to him filing a grievance because he thought a previous no-trade clause in his contract was still valid.. As it turns out, it wasn’t, and if Visnovsky wanted to play in the NHL he would eventually have to report to the Islanders.. Not only did he do that, he ended up making a huge impact and even signed a contract extension with the team before the trade deadline.. Entering Tuesday’s game in Carolina, he had scored three goals to go with 11 assists this season but is also one of the Islanders’ best puck-moving defensemen and one of their best players when it comes to driving the play in the right direction. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22123315/how-the-new-york-islanders-returned-to-the-playoffs

 

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