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The Skinny - Game 56: Islanders 4, Rangers 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders 4-2 win over the Rangers

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYR @ NYI

Condensed Game: Rangers @ Islanders

Extended highlights of the New York Rangers at the New York Islanders

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Game 56
Isles 4, Rangers 2

Andrew Ladd recorded his third two-goal game of the season and Nikolay Kulemin scored the eventual winning goal while shorthanded early in the third period as the Islanders snapped the Rangers' 6-game win streak and defeated the Blue Shirts 4-2 before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center. The Isles improve to 8-0-2 in their last 10 games in Brooklyn; it's the first time that the Isles have had a single-season point streak of at least 10 games at home since 1990, and matches their longest home point streak in the Post-Cup era.
 
Nick Holden and Jimmy Vesey scored for the Rangers; the latter goal upheld after the first challenge by Doug Weight behind the Isles bench. Anders Lee scored his 22nd goal for the Isles; all but one of his goals have come since November 23rd.

The Islanders fall to 9-3-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight and climb back within one point of the idle Maple Leafs for the 2nd wild card spot. Each team has 26 games to play.

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The Skinny: Game 55 - Toronto 7, Islanders 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Toronto game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 55
Toronto 7, Isles 1

Auston Matthews scored two goals to lead a balanced Leafs attack as Toronto handed the Isles their most one-sided loss of the season, defeating the Islanders 7-1 before a sellout crowd of 18.956 at Air Canada Centre.

Jason Chimera converted his 2nd career penalty shot for the only Islander goal. 

The Islanders fall to 8-3-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight. It's only the third Leaf win in their last nine games (3-4-2).

With the loss the Isles fell three points behind the Leafs for the 2nd wild card spot. Each team has 27 games to play.

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The Skinny: Game 54 - Islanders 5, Avalanche 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Avalanche game

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: COL 1, NYI 5

Lee, Leddy power Isles to 5-1 home win over Avalanche

Anders Lee scored twice in the third period, and Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists as the Islanders beat the Avalanche 5-1

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Game 54
Isles 5, Colorado 1

Ryan Strome broke a 1-1 tie with a 5-on-3 goal late in the second period and Anders Lee scored twice in the third period as the Islanders extended their home point streak to 9 games (7-0-2) with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche before a crowd of 14,107 at Barclays Center.

Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists for the Isles, surpassing the 200 career point mark, while both Leddy and his defense partner Johnny Boychuk were on-ice for all five Islander goals.

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The Skinny - Game 53: Senators 3, Islanders 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Senators game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Isles blanked by Senators, 3-0

NYI Recap: Islanders can't solve Anderson in 3-0 loss

The Islanders peppered Craig Anderson with 33 shots, but couldn't find the back of the net in a 3-0 road loss to the Senators

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Game 53
Ottawa 3, Isles 0

Craig Anderson, in his first NHL game since December 5, made 33 saves (for his 36th career shutout) as the Ottawa Senators blanked the Islanders 3-0 before a crowd of 18,211 at General Tire Center.

Mark Stone, Zach Smith, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Senators, who have outscored the Isles 9-2 this season.
 
The Islanders, who were shutout for the 2nd time this season (November 14 vs. Tampa Bay), fall to 7-2-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight. Ottawa is 9-4-2 in their last 15.

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The Skinny: Game 52 - Isles 3, Flyers 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Flyers game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 52
Isles 3, Philadelphia 1
Jason Chimera broke a 1-1 tie early in the second period and Casey Cizikas added a goal early in the third as the Islanders defeated the Flyers 3-1 before a sellout crowd of 19,737 at Wells Fargo Center.

Wayne Simmonds and Anders Lee (after a post-game scoring change) had scored power play goals in the first period for the Islanders, who recorded a regulation victory in Philadelphia for the first time since January 19, 2012. 

The Islanders improved to 7-1-2 under Interim Coach Doug Weight. Philadelphia is 1-3-1 in their last five games and 7-12-4 since the end of their ten game winning streak.

The win moves the Isles within one point of Philadelphia, who drop behind Boston (who beat San Jose) in the standings. The Isles are two points behind Boston, who now hold the 2nd wild card spot. The Isles hold three games in hand on Philadelphia and four games in hand on Boston.

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The Skinny: Game 51 - Isles 6, Maple Leafs 5

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Maple Leafs game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 51
Isles 6, Toronto 5 (OT)

This time it was the Islanders with the overtime goal. Brock Nelson scored the winning goal 2:42 into overtime as the Islanders completed comebacks from 2-1, and 4-2 and 5-4 deficits and defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 before a crowd of 11,828 at Barclays Center.

The Isles tied the game twice in the final 6:30 of the third period. Josh Bailey knotted the game at 13:30 of the period and 32 seconds after William Nylander became the fifth Leaf rookie to score in the game, Andrew Ladd forced overtime with a 6th attacker goal at 18:31.

The Islanders earned at least a point in their eighth straight home game under Interim Coach Doug Weight (6-0-2). Toronto is 1-3-1 in their last five games.

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The Skinny: Game 49 - Detroit 5, Isles 4

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Red Wings game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 49
Detroit 5, Isles 4

Jason Chimera looked like he had earned the Isles a point with a late goal in his 1,000th NHL game but Danny DeKeyser had another idea. DeKeyser's shot ricocheted off two Islander defenders for his first goal since his overtime goal in Brooklyn in December broke a 4-4 tie with 27.9 seconds to play as the Detroit Red Wings ended the Isles' 7 game point streak with a 5-4 win over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 20,027 at Joe Louis Arena.

It's the first Islander regulation loss under Coach Doug Weight (5-1-1). The Red Wings snapped a 5-game winless streak (0-2-3).

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The Skinny: Game 48 - Isles 3, Washington 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Capitals game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Game 48
Isles 3, Washington 2

Ryan Strome broke a 1-1 tie at the 6:31 mark of the third period and Johnny Boychuk's empty-net goal turned out to be the game winner as the Isles improved to 7-1-1 record in their last nine games with a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals before a crowd of 11,240 at Barclays Center. The win moves the Isles 5 games over NHL .500 for the first time this season and extends their point streak to a season-high seven games (6-0-1). Alan Quine also scored a power play goal for the Isles.

The Islanders remain unbeaten in regulation under Coach Doug Weight (5-0-1). It's the second time in club history that a coach has opened 5-0-1 or better. Peter Laviolette went 9-0-1-1 at the start of the 2001-02 season.

Thomas Greiss made 28 saves as he improved to 9-2-3 in his last 14 games.

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The Skinny: Game 47 - Isles 3, Montreal 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Canadiens game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: MTL 1, NYI 3

Ladd's two-goal game propels Islanders to 3-1 win

Andrew Ladd had two goals, including the go-ahead tally in the 3rd, while Josh Bailey's insurance goal helped the Islanders to a 3-1 win

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Game 47
Isles 3, Montreal 1

Andrew Ladd scored twice, including the winning goal with 12:40 remaining in regulation as the Isles headed into the All-Star Break with a 6-1-1 record in their last eight games, as they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 before a crowd of 12,019 at Barclays Center. The win moves the Isles 4 games over NHL .500 for the first time this season and extends their point streak to six games (5-0-1). Josh Bailey also scored for the Isles; it was his 101st career goal.

The Isles remain unbeaten in regulation under Coach Doug Weight (4-0-1). It's the second time in club history that a coach has opened 4-0-1 or better. Peter Laviolette went 9-0-1-1 at the start of the 2001-02 season.

Thomas Greiss made 21 saves for the second straight game as he improved to 8-2-3 in his last 13 games.

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The Skinny: Game 46 - Isles 4, Columbus 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the Islanders-Blue Jackets game.

by Eric Hornick @ehornick / New York Islanders

Recap: CBJ 2, NYI 4

Tavares, Nelson lead Islanders past Blue Jackets, 4-2

John Tavares notched two assists, while Brock Nelson's goal in the 3rd proved to be the game-winner as the Islanders beat the Blue Jackets, 4-2

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Game 46
Isles 4, Columbus 2

Nikolay Kulemin, playing on the Isles' top line due to the absence of Anders Lee, broke a 1-1 tie late in the second period and the Isles then broke the game open with two goals in the first 5:21 of the third period as they defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 before a crowd of 11,419 at Barclays Center. The win moves the Isles 3 games over NHL .500 for the first time this season and extends their point streak to five games (4-0-1). Josh Bailey also scored for the Isles; it was his 100th career goal.

The Isles remain unbeaten in regulation under Coach Doug Weight (3-0-1). It's the second time in club history that a coach has opened 3-0-1 or better. Peter Laviolette went 9-0-1-1 at the start of the 2001-02 season.

Thomas Greiss, who on Monday was named the NHL's second start of the week, made 21 saves to record the victory.

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