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Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck through Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

04/30/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), Sidney Crosby (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Will Need A Lot More Than Belief To Beat The CCCP Of NHL

So how do the Islanders pull this miracle off? They can start by watching “Miracle,” of course.

04/30/2013

The New York Islanders celebrate a power-play goal by Mark Streit #2 (3rd from left). (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Opportunity To Make Name For Themselves Again

No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.

04/25/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Gallof: 5 Reasons The Islanders Made The Playoffs

All season I’ve stated the Islanders needed 54 points to make the playoffs. They have used a 7-0-3 run to get there. But where they are now can be attributed to many more factors, all of which had to happen.

04/25/2013

Islanders center Frans Nielsen, left, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Drought Is Finally Over: Islanders Make Playoffs For First Time Since 2007

The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

04/24/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Tavares Steps Up Big As Islanders Roar Back, Steamroll Maple Leafs

John Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

04/19/2013

Evgeni Nabokov and Radek Martinek celebrate the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on April 16, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Unrelenting Road Warrior Prowess To Get 1 Final Test

There’s plenty of time to play golf. Why not do it in June? The Islanders now seem destined to do their early spring gripping and ripping on the ice.

04/17/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov, left, blocks the net against Florida’s Tomas Kopecky at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 16, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Close Home Portion Of Schedule With Win They Had To Have

Michael Grabner scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders moved closer to a playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

04/17/2013

Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, left, and Islanders captain Mark Streit (Photo: Getty Images)

Capellini: What’s Left Of Nassau Coliseum Roof To Blow Off Saturday Night

If it’s a playoff atmosphere you want, rest assured, you’re going to get it and then some at the old barn off the Hempstead Turnpike soon enough.

04/13/2013

Rick Nash of the Rangers and John Tavares of the Islanders. (Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: ‘Battle Of New York’ Between Rangers And Islanders Will Be Epic

Saturday’s clash may be the most important regular-season meeting between the Rangers and Islanders in 10 years. And a defeat for either team could come with pitfalls.

04/12/2013

The Islanders' Thomas Hickey skates up ice with the puck, away from the Bruins' David Krejci during the teams' meeting at the TD Garden on April 11, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders Send Message To NHL, Stun Bruins In Boston To Continue Stellar Run

Josh Bailey scored twice and the New York Islanders added another big win in their surge toward the playoffs by beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night.

04/12/2013

Michael Grabner is mobbed by teammates after scoring the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period of the Islanders’ 4-1 victory over the visiting Flyers on April 9, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Unstoppable, Beat Up Flyers And Grab 7th Alone In The East

The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Not anymore.

04/09/2013

Matt Martin, right, congratulates Evgeni Nabokov after the Islanders’ victory over the Lightning at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Are On A Righteous Path To A Future With No Floor

Is this a coming-of-age story? You’re damn right it is. What the Islanders have done over the last six weeks is basically force the rest of the NHL to open its eyes and pay attention.

04/09/2013

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 06: Michael Grabner #40 (C) of the New York Islanders scores at 14:45 of the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning and is joined by Thomas Hickey #14 (L) and John Tavares #91 (R) at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 6, 2013 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nabokov Stops 19, Lifts Islanders Over Lightning 4-2

The Islanders remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, tied with the New York Rangers, who hold the tiebreaker for seventh. Both teams lead the New Jersey Devils, who are below the postseason cutoff, by three points.

04/06/2013

Kyle Okposo tied up the Islanders' game in Washington on April 3, 2013, late in the third period. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Islanders Fall To Caps In Shootout, But Jump Into 7th Place In East

By virtue of the quirky way the NHL decides tie games — with a skills competition that rewards the team that loses — both the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals have completed a steady climb into playoff position.

04/04/2013

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