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The Skinny - Game 74: Bruins 2, Islanders 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Bruins game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / http://www.newyorkislanders.com

Game 74
Boston 2, Isles 1

Riley Nash scored both Bruin goals, including the winning tally 4:12 into the third period, as the Boston Bruins moved back into the second wild card with a 2-1 victory over the Isles before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.

John Tavares scored the only goal for the Isles, who led for just 36 seconds in the first period.

With the loss, the Isles fall two points behind Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Isles still have a game in hand. The Isles also remain one point ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston has 7 games to play, the Lightning 8 and the Isles 8. 

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Recap: Bruins 2, Islanders 1

The Islanders fall to the Bruins 2-1 at Barclays Center

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The stakes were clear on Saturday night for the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. 

Tied with 82 points apiece for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the head-to-head matchup was an important one for both teams. Unfortunately for the Islanders, a 2-1 loss cost them both a game and their playoff spot, even if just temporarily.

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Game Preview: Islanders vs Bruins

The wild card is on the line as the Islanders and Bruins meet at Barclays Center (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (35-26-12) vs Boston Bruins (38-30-6)

7 p.m., Barclays Center - Buy Tickets

TV: MSG+

Radio: AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

Game Notes

The New York Islanders and Boston Bruins face off with the second wild card spot on the line on Saturday. 

The Islanders and Bruins are tied with 82 points, with the Islanders holding a game in hand on the Bruins. It's the last head-to-head matchup between the Isles and Bruins this season. 

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The Skinny - Game 73: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles win over Pittsburgh

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 4, PIT 3 - F/SO

Tavares, Halak propel Isles to 4-3 shootout win

John Tavares had two assists and scored in the shootout, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots in his return to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win

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Game 73
Isles 4, Pittsburgh 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves in his first NHL game since December 29th and the Isles got shootout goals from Anthony Beauvillier and John Tavares as they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,659 at PPG Paints Arena.

Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Casey Cizikas all scored for the Islanders in the second period. Nelson's goal came after a first period tally was erased upon video review, Lee's goal (which was upheld after video) was set-up by Josh Bailey's 300th point and John Tavares' 300th assist, while a Tavares steal set-up Cizikas' tally. Casey's goal, at 19:55 of the period, was the first the Isles had scored in the final 10 seconds of a periods (excluding empty nets) since November 30, 2015. 

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Recap: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (SO)

Jaroslav Halak makes 37 saves as Isles beat Penguins in a shootout

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 4, PIT 3 - F/SO

Tavares, Halak propel Isles to 4-3 shootout win

John Tavares had two assists and scored in the shootout, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 shots in his return to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 win

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Jaroslav Halak made a triumphant return to the Islanders lineup. 

Halak parachuted into one of the Islanders' biggest games of the season and turned in a gem, making 37 saves in a 4-3 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins - his first NHL action since Dec. 29. 

With the win, the Islanders (82 points) moved into a tie with the Boston Bruins for the second wild card, setting up a huge game with the Bruins on Saturday at Barclays Center. 

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Isles Day-To-Day: Strome Out 3-6 Weeks

Ryan Strome suffered an upper-body injury on Wednesday night vs Rangers

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Interim Coach Doug Weight estimates Ryan Strome will be out about three-to-six weeks after suffering an upper-body injury on Wednesday night against the Rangers. Weight said the injury won't require surgery. 

"It's a little better than it looked at first, but it'll be an extended time, whether that's three weeks or six weeks, we'll have to wait and see," Weight said. "It looks as though he'll avoid surgery which is nice, so just hit the wrong way and it's a tough time."

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Morning Skate Updates: Islanders at Penguins

Projected lines, notes and quotes ahead of Friday's Islanders-Penguins game (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m., MSG+, AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News). Click here for the Game Preview. Click here for Game Notes.

The Lineup: 

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal. Alan Quine in for the injured Ryan Strome. Same defensemen from Wednesday: Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield. 

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Game Preview: Islanders at Penguins

Jaroslav Halak recalled as the Islanders kick off back-to-back games in Pittsburgh (7 p.m., MSG+)

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

New York Islanders (34-26-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (46-17-9)

7 p.m. PPG Paints Arena

TV: MSG+

Radio: AM970 - The Answer, 88.7FM - WRHU, 103.9FM - LI News

Game Notes, Morning Skate Updates

The New York Islanders control their own destiny as they start a pivotal back-to-back in Pittsburgh on Friday night (7 p.m., MSG+). 

The Islanders (80 points) are two points behind the Boston Bruins (82 points) for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference, but the Islanders hold two games in hand. 

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Isles Day-To-Day: Halak Recalled

The Islanders recall Jaroslav Halak ahead of upcoming back-to-back games

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

In arguably the most important stretch of the season to date, the New York Islanders brought in reinforcement, recalling Jaroslav Halak from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Thursday morning.  

Halak is expected to appear in one of the Islanders' next two games, a crucial back-to-back set against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. As of Thursday morning, the Islanders are two points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have three total sets of back-to-back games in their last 10 games of the season. 

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The Skinny - Game 72: Islanders 3, Rangers 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Rangers game

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 72
Isles 3, Rangers 2

Nikolay Kulemin and Andrew Ladd both scored third period power plays goals as the Isles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Rangers 3-2 before a sellout crowd of 18,006 at Madison Square Garden.

It's the first time since February 23, 2016 that the Isles have scored two power play goals in a road game, and the first time they have done so at Madison Square Garden since December 22, 2011.

The win is the Isles' first in regulation in seven games (3-3-1); the Rangers are winless in their last seven at home (0-5-2).

With the win, the Isles move within two points of Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Isles also hold one game in hand. The Isles also move three points ahead of Tampa Bay. Boston has 9 games to play, the Lightning 10 and the Isles 10.  

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