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.
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.
The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Not anymore.
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.
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.
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.
With a little more than three weeks left in the lockout-shortened regular season, the New York Islanders are in an unexpected position — fighting for their first playoff berth since 2006-07.
An injured Sidney Crosby left the game, but the Penguins won their 15th straight game by shutting out the Islanders.
Colin McDonald scored two goals, Josh Bailey tallied the clinching score in the shootout and the Islanders won again on the road, coming up with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
Fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Islanders could ill afford to waste a two-goal lead to start a crucial four-game trip. Thanks to John Tavares, they didn’t.
Evgeni Nabokov earned his third shutout this season as the Islanders beat the Panthers 3-0.
Casey Cizikas broke a third-period tie, and the New York Islanders held on to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead in the final frame Saturday night.
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, John Tavares scored his 17th goal, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Thursday night.
John Tavares led the way with two power play goals in the Isles 5-2 victory over the Caps.
For 55 minutes, the New York Islanders got the best of the New York Rangers. It was the final 6 that could cause them to lose some sleep.