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3/23/16 Senators vs. Islanders


Rangers gain on Penguins in Metropolitan Division

NHL News and Notes @NHL

Derek Stepan (1-2-3), Mats Zuccarello (1-1-2) and Keith Yandle (0-2-2) all had multiple points to help the New York Rangers improve to 3-1-1 in their past five games.

* At 42-24-8 (92 points), the Rangers increased their lead to four points over the idle Pittsburgh Penguins (40-24-8, 88 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

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Islanders' Berube struggles getting puck to fan

First star of win against Senators succeeds on fifth attempt @NHL

Berube struggles tossing souvenir

OTT@NYI: Berube needs multiple tries to give fan puck

3/23/16: After being named first star, Jean-Francois Berube has trouble tossing a puck to a young fan, smiling about it in the process

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After being named first star of the New York Islanders' 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, goalie Jean-Francois Berube had trouble tossing a puck to a young fan.

Berube was successful on his fifth attempt, then skated over for his postgame interview.

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NHL Insider

Berube giving Islanders a lift in playoff race

Rookie goaltender taking advantage of his chance to play

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

Berube's two incredible saves

OTT@NYI: Berube robs Senators with back-to-back stops

3/23/16: Jean-Francois Berube makes a pair of amazing saves, denying a redirection in front, then diving to make a great stop on Mark Stone

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NEW YORK -- Jean-Francois Berube made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders during the first weekend of the season. He didn't play again until February.

The Islanders claimed the rookie goaltender Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 6 to back up Thomas Greiss while starter Jaroslav Halak was recovering from an upper-body injury sustained during the preseason. His first test came four days later against the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks; Berube made 30 saves in a 4-1 loss at United Center. Halak made his season debut a week later, and Berube couldn't do anything but wait for another opportunity.

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game recap

Islanders top Senators, end four-game losing streak

Tavares triggers three-goal second period, Berube makes 22 saves

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- John Tavares, Matt Martin and Brock Nelson scored in the second period to help the New York Islanders to a 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Barclays Center on Wednesday. 

Jean-Francois Berube made 22 saves for New York (39-24-9), which ended a four-game losing streak and pulled within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for third place in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders moved four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

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Situation Room

Coach's Challenge: OTT @ NYI - 14:49 of Second Period

Original call stands - good goal New York Islanders @NHL

Situation Room: OTT vs NYI

Situation Room: Nelson's goal stands after challenge

3/23/16: Ottawa challenge Nelson's goal at 14:49 of the 2nd on the grounds that it was offsides, but the call stands as a good goal

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At 14:49 of the second period in the Senators/Islanders game, Ottawa requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether New York was off-side prior to Brock Nelson's goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that the Islanders entered the attacking zone legally prior to the goal.

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game preview

Islanders look to gain ground in playoff race

More offense vs. Ottawa can help New York increase wild card lead, close gap with Pittsburgh in division

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SENATORS (34-32-8) at ISLANDERS (38-24-9)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; MSG+, TVA Sports, SN, NHL.TV

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders have a chance to build on their lead in the race for the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the Eastern Conference as well gain ground in the Metropolitan Division when they play the Ottawa Senators at Barclays Center on Wednesday.

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