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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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The Skinny - Game 70: Jets 4, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Jets game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Bryan Little scored a pair of first period goals to erase an early Islander lead and the Winnipeg Jets led the rest of the way, defeating the Isles 4-2 before a crowd of 13,700 at Barclays Center.

Adam Pelech had given the Isles an early lead with a first minute goal and Anders Lee's career-best 26th goal, early in the third period were the only Islander tallies.

With the loss, the Isles fall one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card spot; the Leads also hold a game in hand. The Isles remain tied with Tampa Bay in terms of points. Toronto had 13 games to play while the Isles and Lightning each has 12.

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The Skinny - Game 69: Islanders 3, Hurricanes 2 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Hurricanes game

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: NYI 3, CAR 2 - F/OT

Tavares' GWG seals comeback, as Isles edge Canes, 3-2

The Islanders scored three unanswered goals, including John Tavares' overtime winner, to complete a comeback victory against the Hurricanes

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Game 69
Isles 3, Carolina 2 (OT)

John Tavares scored his 9th career overtime goal as the Isles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 before a crowd of 8,707 at PNC Arena.

Joshua Ho-Sang had a goal and an assist for the second straight night as the Isles erased a 2-0 deficit to win for the first time in 12 games this season that they have allowed the first two goals. 

With the win, the Isles move back into the 2nd Wild Card spot; they are tied with Tampa Bay in terms of points. Both teams have 13 games to play and the Isles have two more regulation/overtime wins. Toronto fell one point behind the Isles tonight; the Leafs hold a game in hand.

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The Skinny - Game 67: Blues 4, Islanders 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders 4-3 loss to the Blues

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Islanders fall to the Blues, 4-3

NYI Recap: Isles' comeback falls short in 4-3 loss

The Islanders scored two goals in the 3rd period, but the comeback fell short in a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues

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Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and a late Islander rally fell short as the St. Louis Blues defeated the Isles 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 19,505 at Scottrade Center.

The Islanders end their franchise-record 9-game road trip with a 5-3-1 record.

With the loss, the Isles fall one point behind Toronto for the 2nd Wild Card.

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The Skinny - Game 66: Islanders 4, Canucks 3 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders 4-3 OT win over Vancouver

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 66
Isles 4, Vancouver 3 (OT)

Andrew Ladd scored 1:33 into overtime as the Islanders improved to 5-2-1 on their franchise-record 9-game road trip with a 4-3 victory over Vancouver before a sellout crowd of 18,406 at Rogers Arena. 

Josh Bailey assisted on the three regulation goals, giving him 299 career points, and matching a career high for assists in a game. Both of Bailey's linemates now have 25 goals as John Tavares tied Anders Lee for the club lead in goals.

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The Skinny - Game 65: Isles 4, Edmonton 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Oilers game

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 65
Isles 4, Edmonton 1

Joshua Ho-Sang scored his first NHL goal and Anders Lee scored twice, the latter into an empty net as the Islanders did something they haven't done in nearly 14 years - beat the Oilers in Edmonton. The Isles defeated the Oil 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 18,347 at Rogers Place.

It was the Isles' first visit to the Oilers' new home, and produced their first win in Edmonton in 5,108 days.

Andrew Ladd scored his 10th goal in the last 20 games for the Isles; Ladd and Lee now each have 10 goals until interim coach Doug Weight.

With the win, the Isles remain in the second wild card spot, one point ahead of Toronto.

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The Skinny - Game 64: Calgary 5, Isles 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Flames game

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Isles fall to Flames, 5-2

NYI Recap: Tavares tallies in 5-2 loss to Flames

John Tavares and Jason Chimera each scored, but the Islanders couldn't match the Flames' four-goal 1st period, resulting in a 5-2 loss

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Game 64
Calgary 5, Isles 2

The Flames scored 4 goals in a 4:40 span of the first period to break open a scoreless tie and defeated the Isles 5-2 before a crowd of 18,741 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

It was the first time since April 8, 2010 in Pittsburgh that the Isles had allowed four goals in an opening period.

John Tavares scored his 24th goal for the Isles. Tavares has recorded at least 24 goals in each of his first 8 NHL seasons; Alex Ovechkin is the only other player in the NHL to score 24 goals in the last eight seasons.

Despite the loss, the Isles remain in the second wild card spot, one point ahead of Toronto.

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