Flyers past Islanders 2-1

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This summer is shaping up to be a big offseason of change for the Flyers. The team has not won the Stanley Cup since 1975. Coach Peter Laviolette is on the hot season and his return for a fifth season is in doubt. With a hefty $6.5 million salary cap hit and declining production, Briere knows the Flyers could use one of their amnesty buyouts on him. One of the top playoff performers in franchise history, Briere was limited this season because of a broken wrist and concussion. His first goal in 20 games was met with a loud ovation from fans in what could have been his final one at home. Brayden Schenn set up Briere’s sixth goal of the season with a precision pass in the crease straight through defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s legs. Briere easily got the puck past Kevin Poulin. Tavares tied the game at 1-all just 1:37 into the second period on a tip-in for his 28th goal of the season. He was third in the NHL in goals entering Thursday night. Lauridsen put the Flyers ahead with a hard shot that whipped over Poulin stick side shoulder. Notes: The Flyers selected their individual award winners: Jakub Voracek was picked the team MVP and most improved; Kimmo Timonen, top defenseman; Scott Harntell, class and character; Zac Rinaldo, most heart; Claude Giroux, most stars of the game. source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/sports/pro/hockey&id=9080070

New York Islanders reach NHL playoffs for first time since 2007

Photograph: Patrick Mcdermott/NHLI/Getty The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, while the Washington Capitals claimed the Southeast Division title with a win over Winnipeg. With the point they received by reaching overtime, coupled with a loss by the Winnipeg Jets at Washington, the Islanders secured a place in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. John Tavares leveled the scores with 1:01 left in regulation. Josh Bailey and Brad Boyes also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves for the Islanders. Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored in the shootout to give the Hurricanes the victory. Washington conceded a two-goal lead, survived a pair of replay reviews and exhaled deeply when defensemen John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line en route to a 5-3 win over the Jets. They also had to kill a late power play, but they held to win for the 10th time in 11 games. Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL -leading 31st goal an empty-netter in the final minute and Matt Hendricks, Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom and Mathieu Perreault also scored. Braden Holtby made 24 saves. At St. Louis, Chris Stewart reached career milestones of 100 goals and 100 assists as the Blues downed the Colorado Avalanche to clinched a playoff berth with two games to spare. source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/apr/24/new-york-islanders-nhl-playoffs-2007

Islanders-Sabres Preview

23. The Islanders (24-17-6) played excellent hockey for most of the last month, going 11-1-2 from March 24-April 20 to punch their ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. But some may wonder if they’re getting complacent with the last two games ending in defeats against non-playoff teams. New York followed a shootout loss at Carolina on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat at Philadelphia on Thursday. John Tavares was perhaps the lone positive for the Islanders, scoring his fourth goal in four games and 28th of the season. Thursday was the first time since March 30 the Islanders failed to record a point. “We came out flat again,” forward Colin McDonald said. “It’s just not good enough. We need to be better. It really doesn’t matter that we clinched the playoffs. It doesn’t really mean anything. We want to be going into the playoffs playing good hockey, so we have one game left to kind of correct it and head into the playoffs with a good feeling.” Though the Sabres (20-21-6) are already guaranteed to miss the playoffs for a second straight season, they’ve won four of six and are coming off Tuesday’s 4-2 victory at Pittsburgh. source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/preview?gameId=400443178

New York at Buffalo

Ryan Miller, playing in his 500th game with the Sabres, seals the win by stopping John Tavares

If they drop to eighth place they will start the playoffs against the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. “We got the point. They won the skills competition,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of the latest loss. “But I told them after the game that they deserve this opportunity to move forward now. The past is the past. When we get back, we’ll get some rest here and move forward. It’s an exciting time for the guys.” Buffalo will miss the playoffs for the second straight season and fourth in six years. The Sabres head into the offseason with questions about the futures of general manager Darcy Regier, interim coach Ron Rolston, and Miller, who is entering the final year of his contract. Miller became the 20th NHL goalie to play 500 games with one team. He received an ovation from the crowd before the game when he was recognized as the team’s most valuable player, and saluted the fans from center ice after the game. In his last home start before Friday, Miller was booed off the ice as the Sabres were eliminated from playoff contention. “I just tried to have some fun with it, just remind Buffalo people that I appreciate everything they’ve done for me,” Miller said. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/gametracker/recap/NHL_20130426_NYI@BUF

Lauridsen’s goal lifts Flyers past Islanders 2-1

New York Islanders Kevin Poulin, right, leaps over Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

One of the top playoff performers in franchise history, Briere was limited this season because of a broken wrist and concussion. His first goal in 20 games was met with a loud ovation from fans in what could have been his final one at home. Brayden Schenn set up Briere’s sixth goal of the season with a precision pass in the crease straight through defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s legs. Briere easily got the puck past Kevin Poulin. Tavares tied the game at 1-all just 1:37 into the second period on a tip-in for his 28th goal of the season. He was third in the NHL in goals entering Thursday night. Lauridsen put the Flyers ahead with a hard shot that whipped over Poulin stick side shoulder. Notes: The Flyers selected their individual award winners: Jakub Voracek was picked the team MVP and most improved; Kimmo Timonen, top defenseman; Scott Harntell, class and character; Zac Rinaldo, most heart; Claude Giroux, most stars of the game. … The Islanders failed to outshoot a team for the first time in 11 games. source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/sports/pro/hockey&id=9080151

 

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