New York Islanders fans invited to participate in playoff tradition to benefit the Islanders Children’s Foundation

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This playoff season, New York Islanders fans can participate in the NHL playoffs like never before. The New York Islanders BEARD-A-THON® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2013 New York Islanders BEARD-A-THON® will benefit the Islanders Children’s Foundation. Participants in the New York Islanders BEARD-A-THON® will encourage their family and friends to support their playoff beards. By joining the Islanders BEARD-A-THON®, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as their team advances in the playoffs. Those fans who can’t or don’t want to grow beards can still get involved by supporting their beard-growing friends or even the team’s players who are growing. As an added incentive, the team’s fan that raises the most money will win four tickets to a 2013-14 regular season home game* (GAME EXCLUSIONS APPLY) and a team signed jersey. In addition, the next top three fundraisers will also win two tickets to a 2013-14 regular season home game. To enroll in the New York Islanders BEARD-A-THON®, visit . Fans can also participate in Smash Car during the postseason. Located on the plaza outside Nassau Coliseum, fans will have the opportunity to put their mark on the opposing team’s colors and logo by taking a sledgehammer to a car donated by E.W.G. Recycling and TNT Scrap. source:

NHL playoffs: Matchups, scenarios for Eastern Conference

2. Boston Bruins : Boston clinches the Northeast with three points across their final two games—or two points with a Montreal overtime/shootout loss, or one point with a Montreal regulation loss. They’d like to avoid the Rangers, too — so they’re Devils fans for at least a day. 3. Washington Capitals : They’re locked into third place and would play the Islanders if the season ended today. The Caps are 1-2 against the Isles this season. They’re also 0-3 against the Senators and 1-2 against the Rangers, so in that way, there’s no obvious rooting interest. 4. Montreal Canadiens : A win against Toronto means that the Habs would take control of the Northeast and force Boston to get three points in their last two games, since Montreal controls tiebreakers. If Montreal loses, they needs to hope Boston fails to get a point in its final two games. That’d give Montreal the Northeast title and a first-round series against the Isles, Sens or Rangers. 5. source:

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. Winnipeg hosts Montreal in its final game tomorrow. The Senators are at Washington tomorrow, before hosting the Philadelphia Flyers two days later and ending the regular season with a visit to the Bruins on April 28. source:

NY Islanders lose to Buffalo Sabres on Thomas Vanek’s shootout goal in final regular season game

Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy tangles with Islanders center John Tavares.

The Islanders (24-17-7) lead the New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators by one point, but the Rangers have one game left, and Ottawa has two remaining this weekend. “If we’re going to play like this, I don’t think we’re going to have much chance in the playoffs,” Nabokov said. “Teams are so evenly built right now, so whoever has more edge, who goes to the net more, wins hockey games usually. “We’ve been doing a great job of it lately, but not the last two games. We have to get back to practice and get ready for the first game.” The Islanders earned at least one point in 12 of their final 13 games — losing in regulation time only at Philadelphia on Thursday. If they drop to eighth place they will start the playoffs against the top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. Gary Wiepert/AP Sabres defenseman Adam Pardy tangles with Islanders center John Tavares. “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. source:


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