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The Skinny: Devils 2, Islanders 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Devils

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYI @ NJD

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The Skinny - Game 63

New Jersey 2, Isles 1

Long Island native Kyle Palmieri scored twice in a 4:36 span of the third period and Long Island's Keith Kinkaid made 30 saves as the New Jersey Devils rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Islanders before a sellout crowd of 16,514 at Prudential Center.

The Devils, who before the game retired the jersey of Patrik Elias, improved to 7-19-2 in games they trailed after 40 minutes while the Isles fell to 2-2-2 this month in games they led in the second intermission.

Jordan Eberle scored for the second straight game; it was his 4th goal in the last eight games. Anthony Beauvillier and Mathew Barzal assisted on the goal as Barzal extended his club lead in both assists (49, to Josh Bailey's 47) and points (66, to John Tavares' 64).

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The Skinny: Maple Leafs 4, Islanders 3 SO

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Maple Leafs

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYI @ TOR

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The Skinny - Game 62

Toronto 4, Isles 3 (SO)

Auston Matthews scored the tying goal was 3:29 to play and Tyler Bozak scored the only goal of the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs overcame three points from Mathew Barzal to defeat the Isles 4-3 before a sellout crowd of 18,856 at Air Canada Center.

Islander rookies Ryan Pulock and Mathew Barzal scored 3:06 apart in the first period to give the Isles a 2-0 lead. Barzal finished with at least three points for the eighth time this season as he took over the club lead in assists (48, to Josh Bailey's 47) and points (65, to John Tavares' 64).

Toronto has won eight straight games at home; it's their longest home winning streak since 2007.

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The Skinny: Wild 5, Islanders 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Wild

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

MIN @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 61

Minnesota 5, Isles 3 

The Minnesota Wild scored three goals in a 4:12 span of the second period to overcome a 2-1 deficit and held on to defeat the Isles 5-3 before a holiday crowd of 15,342 at Barclays Center.

Anders Lee and Tanner Fritz each had milestone goals in the second period for the Islanders; it was Lee's 30th goal of the season and the first of Fritz' NHL career.

Joel Eriksson Ek scored his first goal since opening night to end the Isles' shutout streak at 140:18; Islander goalies had stopped 102 consecutive shots in that span.

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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Hurricanes 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles shutout win over the Hurricanes

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYI @ CAR

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The Skinny - Game 60

Isles 3, Carolina 0  

Thomas Greiss made 45 saves for his 8th career shutout as the Islanders recorded shutouts on back-to-back nights for the first time in their history as the Islanders moved back into a playoff spot with a 3-0 blanking of the Carolina Hurricanes before a crowd of 15,448 at PNC Arena.

It's the Isles' first road shutout since Jaroslav Halak blanked Carolina on April 6th in Raleigh and the first time they had consecutive shutouts since January 16-19, 2017 vs Boston (in Jack Capuano's finale) and Dallas (in Doug Weight's coaching debut).

Doug Weight coached his 100th game; he has the best record through 100 games of any coach in Islander history. An awarded goal for John Tavares in an empty net situation allowed him to reach 30 goals for the 4th time in his career.

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The Skinny: Islanders 3, Rangers 0

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles win over the Rangers

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYR @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 59

Isles 3, Rangers 0  

Jaroslav Halak became only the 2nd goalie in Islander history to stop at least 50 shots in a shutout and Mathew Barzal assisted on all three goals, including Jordan Eberle's 20th, as the Islanders blanked the Rangers 3-0 before a sellout crowd of 15,795 at Barclays Center.

It's the Isles' first shutout since Halak blanked Carolina on April 6th in Raleigh and their first shutout on home ice since Thomas Greiss blanked Dallas 3-0 last January 19th in Doug Weight's coaching debut.

Eberle reached the 20-goal mark for the 6th time in his career; 16 of his 20 goals have been assisted by Barzal. Barzal recorded his 7th three-point game of the season and (per Elias Sports Bureau) became only the second rookie in Islander history with four three-assist games.

The Isles were outshot 50-35; it's only the sixth time in franchise history that they have allowed at least 50 shots at home and the first time that they have allowed at least 50 shots in consecutive games.

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The Skinny: Blue Jackets 4, Islanders 1

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Blue Jackets

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

CBJ @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 58

Columbus 4, Isles 1  

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Pierre-Luc Dubois scored second period power play goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets erased a 1-0 Islander lead and defeated the Isles 4-1 before a crowd of 10,232 at Barclays Center.

John Tavares had given the Isles a 1-0 lead with a power play goal of his own in the first period. It was his 29th goal of the season, tying Anders Lee for the team lead, and the 600th point of his career.

The Isles were outshot 51-30; it's only the fifth time in franchise history that they have allowed at least 50 shots.

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The Skinny: Flames 3, Islanders 2

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Flames

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

CGY @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 57

Calgary 3, Isles 2

Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals in the third period, including the winner with 65 seconds to play as the Calgary Flames rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 11,192 at Barclays Center.

The loss is the Isles' first in regulation (54-1-6) that they led in the second intermission since February 28, 2016 in Edmonton (led 1-0, lost 3-1); and the first time it has happened at home since November 1, 2015 vs. Buffalo (37-1-2) (led 1-0, lost 2-1).

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The Skinny: Islanders 7, Red Wings 6 OT

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles win over the Red Wings

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

DET @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 56

Isles 7, Detroit 6 (OT)

In one of the greatest comebacks in franchise history, the Isles rallied from 3-0 and 5-2 deficits behind a Brock Nelson hat trick and five more assists from Mathew Barzal, as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 7-6 in overtime before a crowd of 11,847 at Barclays Center.

The Islanders scored four power play goals in a span of 3:37 following a match penalty assessed to Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi. It is the first time in Islander history that they have scored four power play goals in a period. Nelson had two goals in the third period and then capped his second career hat trick with the overtime winner. Mathew Barzal assisted on the winning goal as he re-wrote the NHL record, becoming the first rookie in 100 years to record three 5-point games (Joe Malone in 1917-18) and the first rookie in NHL history to record two 5-assist games.

It's the first time that the Isles have rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win since March 10, 2014 in Vancouver and the second time this season that they have erased a two goal second intermission deficit to win (5-4 in Philadelphia on Black Friday).  

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The Skinny: Sabres 4, Islanders 3

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Sabres

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NYI @ BUF

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The Skinny - Game 55

Buffalo 4, Isles 3

Sam Reinhart scored the winning goal with 4:14 to play as the Buffalo Sabres overcame an Islander rally from a 3-0 deficit and defeated the Isles 4-3 before a crowd of 16,872 at KeyBank Center.

Anders Lee had tied the game just 73 seconds before Reinhart's winning tally with his 28th goal of the season. Lee's goal re-tied John Tavares for the team scoring lead; Tavares had scored his 28th goal in the second period.

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The Skinny: Predators 5, Islanders 4 (OT)

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick runs the numbers on the Isles loss to the Predators

by Eric Hornick ehornick / New York Islanders

NSH @ NYI

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The Skinny - Game 54

Nashville 5, Isles 4 (OT)

Ryan Johansen scored the tying goal with 43 seconds to play and Roman Josi added his fourth career overtime tally as the Nashville Predators rallied a 4-2 deficit for a 5-4 victory over the Islanders before a crowd of 10,217 at Barclays Center.

The point that the Islanders earned moved them back into the 2nd wild card spot; it's the first time since January 15th that the Isles own a playoff berth.

Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves as he faced at least 35 shots for the 11th consecutive home game. The Isles are 2-5-1 in their last eight home games.

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