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The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season.
With a near capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum chanting, ''We want playoffs,'' the Islanders maintained their poise after Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and went on beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The surging Islanders won for the seventh time in nine games and moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia (17-19-3) is 12th in the East, five points behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff.
The Islanders, who won just two of their first 11 home games this season, have four consecutive wins at Nassau Coliseum. New York (20-16-4) is four games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 20, 2008.
''Everyone is feeding off the energy, and we're excited,'' said Islanders center John Tavares, whose team-leading 24th goal made it 3-1 late. ...
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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
It's hard to identify the point this season when the Islanders shed their fragile reputation. There were fits and starts throughout the season, but a three-game losing streak at home last month, all games in which the Islanders led in the second or third periods, seemed to reinforce the feeling that this team was not quite ready to make the...
John Tavares has been keeping the Islanders afloat this season thanks in part to his 24 tallies, which, as of Wednesday, puts him third in the NHL, just two behind co-league leaders Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin.
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Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders took another step toward the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
The Islanders won for the seventh time in nine games and moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia...
New York and Philadelphia are in unfamiliar territory as the end of the regular season approaches, with the Islanders in position to earn their first trip to the playoffs since 2007 and the Flyers trying to avoid their first postseason absence since that same year.
One thing that has remained the same, though, is the Flyers' dominance in this series.
Philadelphia looks to win...
While the New York Islanders don't need a statement victory to reach the playoffs for the first time in six years, it would add to their growing confidence.
Becoming one of the few teams to win in Boston this season would surely serve that purpose.
Enjoying one of their best runs in recent memory, the Islanders look to continue their postseason push Thursday night against the...
When frantically crunching numbers and figuring out a “path to the playoffs” for the New York Islanders, I chose 52 points as the number that it would take to make the post-season for the first time since 2007. Right now, the Isles are on pace for 52.8 points, so they’re exceeding expectations. Analyzing it game [...]
8 a.m.: If the playoffs started today, the Bruins would be hosting the New York Islanders in the first round. In that respect, Thursday night’s tilt between the two clubs might be a playoff preview.
The Islanders are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, as they come into Boston having won two straight and are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. The Isles currently control...