And then there were two.
With five days left in the regular season, 14 of the 16 berths in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been clinched. The New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning and Minnesota Wild clinched Tuesday, but the Islanders were the only ones to do so with a victory.
The Islanders locked up their second straight playoff berth and third in four seasons Tuesday with a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory against the Washington Capitals. The Lightning lost 3-2 to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden but clinched their third straight playoff berth when the Boston Bruins lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 in a shootout. The Wild lost 3-0 to the San Jose Sharks, their fourth straight (0-4-0) but made the playoffs for the fourth straight season when the Colorado Avalanche lost 4-3 to the Nashville Predators.