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The Skinny - Game 82: Isles 4, Ottawa 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Ottawa game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders
Game 82
Isles 4, Ottawa 2
Brock Nelson scored a goal, his 20th and added two assists while Jason Chimera reached the 20-goal mark with an empty net goal as the Islanders defeated Ottawa 4-2 in the season finale before a crowd of 13,303 at Barclays Center.
 
The Isles end the season with a 41-29-12 record (94 points) but fall one point shy of the final playoff berth.
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The Skinny - Game 81: Isles 4, New Jersey 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles New Jersey game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 4, NJD 2

Lee tallies twice as Islanders top Devils, 4-2

Anders Lee netted two goals and Jaroslav Halak stood tall with 37 saves as the Islanders rolled through the Devils on the road, 4-2

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Game 81
Isles 4, New Jersey 2

School is out.

Anders Lee recorded his 8th two-goal game of the season and Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves as the Islanders defeated New Jersey 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 16,514 at Prudential Center in Newark. However, just over an hour after the Isles completed their victory, the Maple Leafs completed their win as three Maple Leafs rookies scored in the final 5:30 to give Toronto a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh and eliminate the Isles from the playoff race.

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The Skinny - Game 80: Isles 3, Carolina 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Carolina game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 80
Isles 3, Carolina 0

That noted philosopher Yogi Berra once said "It ain't over til it's over". Well, it ain't over yet as the Islanders got first period goals from Brock Nelson and Scott Mayfield and an early second period power play goal from Andrew Ladd to take a 3-0 lead. Jaroslav Halak did the rest, making 29 saves to win his fifth straight start, as the Isles defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 before a crowd of 9,769 at PNC Arena.

The win, coupled with a Tampa Bay 4-1 win in Toronto, keeps the Isles mathematically alive in the playoff race as both the Isles and Bolts close within three points of the Leafs, with all three teams having two games to play.

Ottawa defeated Boston in a shootout to clinch a playoff spot so it is the Isles, Leafs and Lightning in competition for the final playoff spot.

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The Skinny - Game 79: Isles 2, Nashville 1 (OT)

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Nashville game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 2, NSH 1 - F/OT

Hickey scores OT winner as Islanders beat Predators

Thomas Hickey scored in overtime and Jaroslav Halak stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Islanders kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win

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Game 79
Isles 2, Nashville 1 (OT)

Thomas Hickey, playing forward as the Isles dressed seven natural defensemen, scored a season-saving goal 1:25 into overtime as the Isles rallied for a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators before a sellout crowd of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena.
 
Mike Fisher had given the Preds a 1-0 lead in the second period but Brock Nelson tied it for the Isles in the third, setting the stage for overtime.
 
The Isles would have been mathematically eliminated had they not won this game. However, with the win the Isles head to Carolina on Thursday alive in the playoff chase as they play game 80.

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The Skinny - Game 78: Isles 4, Buffalo 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Sabres game

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

Game 78
Isles 4, Buffalo 2

Anders Lee scored two third period goals to break a 2-2 tie as the Isles defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 19,070 at KeyBank Center.

Cal Clutterbuck and Joshua Ho-Sang also scored for the Isles; Evander Kane and Zemgus Girgensons scored for the Sabres.

With the win, the Isles climbed within seven points of Toronto and Ottawa for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Their tragic number remains 4.

 

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The Skinny - Game 76: Philadelphia 6, Isles 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Isles Flyers game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Islanders fall to Flyers, 6-3

NYI Recap: Islanders falter early, lose 6-3 to Flyers

The Islanders allowed five consecutive goals in the 1st period and went on to lose 6-3 to the Flyers in Philadelphia

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Game 76
Philadelphia 6, Isles 3

The Philadelphia Flyers scored four goals in a 4:49 span of the first period and built a 5-0 lead before the session was over as they defeated the Isles 5-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,703 at Wells Fargo Center.
 
Cal Clutterbuck recorded his 100th career goal early in the second period; Jason Chimera and Andrew Ladd added goals in the third.
 
With the loss, the Isles fall six points behind Boston for the 2nd Wild Card spot. Their tragic number is 7.

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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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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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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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The Skinny - Game 71: Blue Jackets 3, Islanders 2 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders loss to Columbus

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Isles edged by Jackets in OT, 3-2

NYI Recap: Tavares scores in OT loss to Blue Jackets

John Tavares tied the game in the 3rd period, but the Islanders lost 3-2 to the visiting Blue Jackets in overtime

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Game 71
Columbus 3, Isles 2 (OT)

Cam Atkinson scored his 33rd goal of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Islanders 3-2 before a crowd of 14,007 at Barclays Center.

John Tavares had tied the game 8:48 into the third period but the Isles couldn't find the winning tally. Travis Hamonic also scored for the Islanders; it was his first goal since October 30th.

With the overtime point, the Isles remain one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Leafs hold one game in hand. The Isles also move one point ahead of Tampa Bay. Toronto has 12 games to play, the Lightning 11 and the Isles 11.   

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