Middletown, N. J. - A well deserved day off for the Islanders yesterday as their season ending five game road trip next takes them to Carolina for a match Tuesday night with the Hurricanes in Raleigh.
What else will this team show us? Defense (minus the bump in the road Saturday), secondary scoring and goaltending that defies age has all shown itself during this 11-1-2 run that has the team poised to return to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Stay tuned to EyesOnIsles for all your postseason needs as the magic number shrinks from its current three. The standings claimed another team yesterday as the New Jersey Devils will miss the party for the second time in three years.
Sitting On The Bridge
Bridgeport closed out their regular season yesterday by defeating Portland 4-1 at Webster Bank Arena. Brock Nelson continued his outstanding play, notching his 25th goal of the season and Anders Nilsson turned away 20 of 21 shots. You can get your official recap here.
The Tigers end the season at 32-32-7-5 and now the question remains, with the NHL roster limit expanded, who gets the call to shuffle up to Long Island and experience some playoff hockey? We asked that question of the readers yesterday here, and voting will continue through tomorrow, so let your voice be heard.
Floating Around The Twitter-sphere
— Sin Bin (@NHLSinBin) April 22, 2013
- Wow…someone better wake up and smell what the Islanders are cooking. There is no justification to compare them to the Blackhawks and their unbelievable season BUT an argument could certainly be made using the last three weeks as a sample size.
That means, yes, the Islanders could make a cup run. One of the hottest teams right now and Tavares is as good as any center. #ISLES
— Stanwood Dolph (@N2MU_Stanwick) April 22, 2013
- Bold statement but not entirely inaccurate. Look at the past Stanley Cup winners and not only where they came from but their rosters and current goaltending situation. Over the last 7 years, were the Hurricanes, Ducks and Kings really that much better than the current Isles?
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) April 21, 2013
- Keith Jones has got absolutely bombarded and so he should for irresponsible, homer journalism. With absolutely no facts to back up his opinions, he has spouted about how the Islanders will not make the playoffs, then finish 8th, then commenting yesterday that the Devils would be ahead if not for the injuries suffered to Martin Brodeur and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Last Night In The NHL
- Boston cruised to a 3-0 victory over the postal service Florida Panthers yesterday at home. Jaromir Jagr scored a beauty in the first period and has 8 points in 9 games as a Bruin.
- The Rangers clamped down and played some blocky again yesterday as they downed New Jersey, ending their playoff aspirations at MSG 4-1. Captain Ryan Callahan was outstanding leading the Blueshirts, scoring twice and playing with tremendous energy and tenacity.
- Columbus moved ever so close to a playoff spot by downing the Sharks in San Jose 4-3. Ryan Johansen had the winner with just over 1:30 to play in the 3rd period.
- In other action, Calgary downed Minnesota 4-1, Colorado held on to beat the Blues at home 5-3, Anaheim dropped Edmonton 3-1 and the Kings improved their Western Conference standing with a 4-3 OT win over Dallas.
Nice goal here by Andrew Desjardins of the Sharks as he dangles his way through the Columbus defense….
And finally, courtesy of Kevin Schultz, a look back at the Isles goals during this remarkable streak…
Current Eastern Conference Standings
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