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(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:55 FLA Reilly Smith (power play); Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 18:55 FLA Jussi Jokinen (ENG)
  • 19:44 FLA Vincent Trocheck (ENG); Assist: Keith Yandle
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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (5-7-2) take on the Panthers (6-7-1) in a rematch of last year's first round playoff matchup on Friday at 7 p.m. in Sunrise, Florida. 

According to STATS...

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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- When the New York Islanders visit the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center, it will be a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series.

The Islanders won that series in six games, extinguishing a Panthers season that had seen Florida claim the Atlantic Division for the first time after winning a franchise-record 47 games.

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)

The Devils earned a point in Thursday's overtime loss to the Panthers, but head coach John Hynes said the team needs to work on many aspects of its game before Saturday's contest. New Jersey forced overtime in the game, but scored just once on PA Parenteau's goal and were held 0-for-2 on the power play. Florida recorded 10 more shots and won a majority of the faceoffs at 54 percent.

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Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)
Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)

The Devils struggled to get offense going in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Panthers and need to improve on the power play, according to forward Kyle Palmieri. New Jersey failed to capitalize on either of its two power-play chances, not garnering many attempts toward net. For the game, the Devils only recorded 24 shots on goal.

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 (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares tied it in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the New York Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night and into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Tavares skated in and fired an initial shot that Roberto Luongo saved, but the New York captain got the rebound, wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck in to end the longest home game in Islanders history.

The Islanders will next face Tampa Bay.

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New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Islanders history will remember Friday night's Game 5 fondly, but it wasn't without its moments that tested our faith, and it took the unlikeliest of heroes to get the job done.

The Islanders were awarded their second power play of double overtime, but they had just 40 seconds remaining on it when Marek Zidlicky and Thomas Hickey played catch with the puck at the point.

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders head back to Florida on Friday night to take on the Panthers in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at the BB&T Center. 

According to STATS...

  • Florida evened the series with a 2-1 win in Brooklyn Wednesday night. It was the Panthers' second win in a postseason road game in the last 20 years (also: Game 3 in the first round at New Jersey in 2012).
  • The Panthers are 2-1 in best-of-seven playoff series tied 2-2 all-time, but both wins came in the 1996 playoffs. The Islanders are 4-6 in those series all-time but have lost three straight including the first round against Washington last year.
  • Alex Petrovic scored his first career postseason goal Wednesday. Florida defensemen have now accounted for 10 points in this series.
  • Jaromir Jagr assisted on Teddy Purcell's goal Wednesday and has now recorded 200 career postseason points. He is just the fifth player with 200 career playoff points in NHL history joining Wayne Gretzky (382), Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233) and Glenn Anderson (214).
  • The Islanders won the first meeting between these teams in Florida and have won at least one road game in each of their last six postseason series. However, New York has not won two road games in a single series since 1993 against Pittsburgh.
  • John Tavares scored his eighth career playoff goal Wednesday and third of the series. It was his first career power-play goal in the postseason after going goalless in 47 minutes and 33 seconds of power-play ice time in his first 16 career playoff games.
Tags: Florida Panthers, John Tavares

New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)

Alan Quine scored on a power play at 16 minutes of the second overtime, Thomas Greiss stopped 47 shots and the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for Florida, which missed a penalty shot in the first overtime and was whistled for two penalties in the second overtime.

The Isles' second OT power play came when Derek Mackenzie was called for slashing at 14:31, and that would be the break New York finally needed. Quine's blast from the right side beat Luongo, and the Islanders swarmed the ice in celebration.

It was the second overtime game of the series, the other being New York's home win in Game 3. Exclude Florida's empty-net goal that sealed Game 2, and all five games of this matchup between 100-plus-point regular-season clubs has been of the one-goal variety. >> Read more.  

Tags: Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders and Panthers kick off their playoff series on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the BB&T Center.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders garnered at least one point in seven of their last nine tilts during the regular season (6-2-1 record), and have made the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since a three-season run from 2002 to 2004. New York's last postseason series win came in 1993 vs. Pittsburgh (has lost eight straight series since).
  • Florida won five of its last six contests, setting a franchise record with 47 victories in 2015-16, on its way to its first 100+ point season all-time. The Panthers, who are making just their second playoff appearance in the last 15 seasons (also 2012), haven't won a postseason series since beating Pittsburgh in the 1996 Conference Finals.
  • The Panthers took two of three from the Isles during the regular season, including a 2-1 shootout win in the clubs' only tilt at BB&T Center on November 27. New York and Florida are meeting in the playoffs for the first time tonight.
  • John Tavares lit the lamp in each of his last four regular-season skates, and despite being a healthy scratch in the season finale, ended up leading the Islanders in scoring for the sixth time in his seven NHL campaigns. Tavares has 11 points (5g, 6a) in 13 career postseason games.
  • Jaromir Jagr led all Florida skaters with 66 points in 2015-16, marking the fifth different club he's garnered a scoring title for in his 22 NHL campaigns (also Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Rangers and New Jersey). Jagr enters tonight's tilt with 199 career postseason points -- fifth most of any NHL skater all-time.
  • The Islanders are 22-4 all-time when taking Game 1 of any postseason series. Florida has played in seven postseason series all-time, winning Game 1 four times (3-1 series record when taking Game 1).
Tags: Florida Panthers

New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

Tags: Anders Lee, Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Matt Martin, Mikhail Grabovski, Pittsburgh Penguins, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault praises his team for battling and withstanding the Panthers on Monday night.

Mats Zuccarello was one of four Rangers to score a goal as New York beat the Florida Panthers, 4-2, on Monday.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

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New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York's three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. >> Read more

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Florida Panthers, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 5-0-1 in their last six home games. The six-game point streak at home is the longest for New York since a run of seven games from March 29 -- Oct. 17, 2015.
  • The Panthers have won four consecutive meetings with the Islanders for only the third time in team history. Florida previously won five in a row over New York from Oct 28, 1993 -- April 14, 1994 and six straight from March 17, 2007 -- Oct. 18, 2008.
  • John Tavares picked up his 200th career goal Saturday afternoon in Boston. Tavares is one of seven players with 200+ goals since 2009-10, and his 255 assists are the most among those seven players.
  • Reilly Smith scored two goals in Saturday's win over the Flyers, including his 13th in the third period. No Panther has had more third-period goals since Pavel Bure's 19 in 2000-01.
  • Travis Hamonic has logged at least 23 minutes of ice time in each of the last six games, matching his longest streak of the season. Hamonic has not been on the ice for 23+ minutes in seven straight games since his career-long run of 19 games from March 4 -- April 13, 2014.
  • Jaromir Jagr has played 108 career games against the Islanders and has failed to score in consecutive games only three times (Nov. 23 -- Dec. 23, 1991; Feb. 25 -- March 9, 1995; and Jan. 19 -- Feb. 7, 2012).
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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Rangers take on the Florida Panthers on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers have won seven straight games, allowing one goal or fewer in five of the seven games. The seven-game win streak is tied for the longest in franchise history. The Panthers have had four different seven-game winning streaks in team history, the last was from March 2-16, 2008.
  • Florida is 9-2-3 against the Metropolitan Division. The nine wins are the most by any team versus the Metropolitan Division this season. The Panthers have allowed just 18 first-period goals this season, the fewest in the NHL by any team in any period.
  • Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) during their seven-game win streak. Barkov has two goals in each of his last two games. He is the eighth Panther all-time with back-to-back multi-goal games, and first since Shawn Matthias in March of 2013. No Panther has ever had 2+ goals in three consecutive games.
  • The Rangers have won two of their last three games (2-1-0), after dropping three straight in regulation and allowing 5+ goals in all three losses. New York has allowed multiple power-play goals in four of its last six games.
  • New York has won seven consecutive games against Florida, outscoring the Panthers 28-16. The seven-game win streak is tied for the Rangers second-longest active win streak versus any opponent. The Rangers have won eight straight against the Hurricanes and also seven straight against the Sabres.
  • Mats Zuccarello scored his team-leading 16th goal on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Zuccarello has 16 goals in 38 games this season, after totaling just 15 goals in 78 games in 2014-15.
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Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)

The Devils host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • After getting shutout by the Islanders, the Devils blanked Buffalo in their next game. It was the first time New Jersey allowed no goals in the game immediately after scoring no goals since November 7, 2013.
  • The Panthers scored five goals on just 16 shots in their win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Their shooting percentage of 31.3 percent was the fourth-highest single-game figure in team history.
  • Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, and Mike Cammalleri each have at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season, tied for the most such players by any Eastern Conference team with the Rangers and the Seantors.
  • 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad has 39 career points, currently tied with Bryan Berard and one point behind Cam Fowler (40) and Scott Niedermayer (40) for the most points by a defenseman as a teenager since 1987-88.
  • Corey Schneider notched his second shutout on the year Tuesday at Buffalo. It was the 18th time this season Schneider has posted a save percentage of .920 or better, the most of any goaltender.
  • Roberto Luongo's 10-16-0 (.385) career record against the Devils is his third worst against any opponent (Rangers, .370; Canucks, .375). Luongo's three-game losing streak to New Jersey is his longest since dropping six straight from November 13, 2003 -- January 3, 2006.
Tags: Florida Panthers

The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

(AP) -- The Florida Panthers weren't up to the challenge in the opener of their road trip. A more difficult one appears to be forthcoming.

The New York Islanders are riding a 10-game point streak and seek a sixth consecutive home win when the teams face off Tuesday night.

New York (18-8-5) has gone on a 7-0-1 tear to vault into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Having ground out close wins for much of the surge, the Islanders had a less stressful result to move to 8-0-2 over their last 10 with Sunday's 4-0 victory over New Jersey.

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The Islanders have won five straight, albeit they did not make it easy on themselves Friday night. They blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, but eventually won in the shootout. It wasn't a perfect win, but a win is a win.

For the game recap, click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes on the Islanders 4-3 shootout win over Florida:

  • It goes without saying, but the Islanders allowed the Panthers to control the final 10-12 minutes of Friday night's game. Florida controlled the play and kept the puck in the Islanders zone. They scored two goals in that time period to tie the game, and they also kept the momentum going in their favor into OT. This isn't something the Isles should make a habit of and it speaks to the notion that they play down to their opponent sometimes.
  • The parade of penalties was also something the Islanders can ill afford to do again. They took six penalties -- three of which occurred in the third and one in overtime. Luckily the Panthers capitalized on only one opportunity and the penalty kill played a strong game otherwise. The perfect streak may be over for the Islanders PK, but they still have been playing their best while a man down in quite a while.
  • As I said before, a win is a win. The Islanders, and any team for that matter, will take the points anyway they can get them. Also it is hard to say that last year's team would have gotten a win. I know it's been a point that has been said time and time again, but this is certainly a different team than in years past. They're not just happy with getting a win. They hold themselves to a higher standard and I would expect a much better performance from them in Tampa.
  • Josh Bailey looked good in his first game back from a hand injury. He played 13:56, had an assist on John Tavares's second period goal, and finished the game a plus-1. He also had some playing time on the Islanders top line after Jack Capuano decided to change things up during the game.
  • Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo both scored in the shootout. And both goals were pretty sweet.
  • Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in the win and finished the game with a .921 save percentage.
  • Travis Harmonic led all Islanders in ice time with 23:35. Cal Clutterbuck played a game low 12:12 in ice time. He also left in the third period due to an injury.
Tags: Florida Panthers, Islanders, new york islanders

Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 26...

1997- Martin Brodeur records career playoff shutout No. 5, as the Devils beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in game five, claiming their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series 4-1.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Florida Panthers, Jamie Langenbrunner, Martin Brodeur, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Tampa Bay Lightning
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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 24...

2003- Martin Brodeur records a playoff shutout, and Jamie Langenbrunner registers a goal and an assist in New Jersey's win over the Tampa Bay Lighting in game one of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, From The Stands, Jamie Langenbrunner, John Madden, Los Angeles Kings, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Tags: Around The Links, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, New Jersey Devils, Stephen Gionta

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

If you didn't watch the first 10 minutes of today's game, you'd think it was one of the Devils' best efforts all season. Despite that (very) sub-par start, the Devils once again managed to "turn it on" after Pete DeBoer's timeout and just dominated the Panthers for the next 50 minutes. Some thoughts...

Wake-up call: The Pete DeBoer First Period Timeout should be sold in pharmacies across the country. It's best wake-up call I think I've ever seen. Why the Devils continue to need it -- especially in the throes of a desperate playoff chase -- is beyond me, but it certainly is the magical elixir this roster covets. The Devils came out painfully slow and were lacking any sort of energy. The Panthers were skating circles around them, getting to every loose puck. Both of Florida's goals were a result of out-efforting New Jersey, but that changed as soon as DeBoer called his infamous timeout. You could see him rotating his hand, signaling the Devils needed to pick up the energy. This wasn't one of those "settle down" timeouts. This was the "well-time expletive" version and it worked. Boy did it work. It took a few minutes but before long New Jersey was all over Florida, like a train that takes time to build up speed and then all of sudden is barreling down the tracks at 80 miles per hour. I know I've spent some time cracking on the Devils for their slow starts this season and their reliance on the P.D.F.P.T. (we might need a better acronym), but at this point, a win is a win is a win.

Tags: Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier
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He's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

Who: Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils

When: 1:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 12:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Panthers
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Tags: Around The Links, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Peter Harrold, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets

Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, James Reimer, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs
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Links: Twitter | NHL.com recap

The phrase "well, at least they got a point" is starting to mean something very different for these Devils. Tonight, it was more about the point not earned, much like last night's loss to the Lightning. As the playoffs approach (very quickly, might I add), it's becoming apparent that qualifying for the postseason isn't as much of a sure thing as previously thought. Some thoughts...

Points on the table: In the spirit of Schoolboy Q's "Hands on the Wheel," the Devils are really starting to temp fate here. They should have come away from this two-game trip with at least three points, but instead blew leads in the final 30 seconds both games. Tonight was a game that saw them play physical and play well for the most part and they were rewarded for it with two goals that came as a result of that work. The problem wasn't that the Devils took their foot off the gas. No, the Devils I think played too fast in the final minute. There's a reason why Pete DeBoer called a timeout with the Panthers' net empty. He wanted to the Devils to play calm, relaxed and smart, but instead they ended up running around in their own zone, chasing the puck and the Panthers were able to capitalize. As Steve Politi pointed out on Twitter after the game, the Devils have left at least eight to 10 points on the table this year, which is in direct opposition to the way they closed out games last season. Will those extra points come back to haunt them? It's too early to say. I still think they'll make the playoffs, but it could be a matter of seeding hurting the Devils in the first round. With the bottom of the East so tightly packed together, it's starting to look like six, seven and eight will be separated by two to four points -- points the Devils keep giving away.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, HENRIK TALLINDER, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts
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Look at those standings.

With the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss to Tampa Bay, there are now seven teams within four points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

It makes for a thrilling final three-and-a-half weeks left of this season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Map, Winnipeg Jets
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The Devils scored just about every way possible on Friday night.

Yet, they still blew a two-goal lead and lost a very important point.

New Jersey scored a shorthanded goal, on its power-play, an even-strength goal and even on a penalty shot. Still, the Devils lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Friday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alex Killorn, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Benoit Pouliot, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Conacher, Florida Panthers, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Matt D'Agostini, Nate Thompson, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Teddy Purcell, Tom Kostopoulos, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Victor Hedman
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The Islanders' huge 3-2 win in Washington, coupled with Winnipeg's 4-1 win in Raleigh boosted the Isles within two points of the arch-rival Rangers.

The Rangers meanwhile won a rather large game of their own, downing Philadelphia 5-2. The Rangers sit just two points back of the Devils with one game in hand.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Notes, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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  • The regular slew of links from New Jersey's 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur's 666th career victory. (NJ.com) (NorthJersey.com) (NHL.com) (AP)
  • Though New Jersey won its second straight, Ilya Kovalchuk was injured during the third period. (NJ.com)
  • Tim Sestito was also injured and left last night's game. But, Pete DeBoer reportedly said he'll be fine (Fire & Ice)
  • Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning relieved head coach Guy Boucher of his duties on Sunday (NHL.com)
Tags: Around The Links, Florida Panthers, Guy Boucher, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tim Sestito

Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

That certainly was not a pretty win by any means, but it was a win nonetheless. The Devils had one strong period surrounded by two sleepy ones and got away with two points against a very injured, very bad team. Of course, none of that matters if Ilya Kovalchuk is seriously hurt, but we'll reserve judgement until we hear something from the Devils. Some thoughts...

Two points is two points: We've talked about the Devils racking up standing points regardless of style and that was precisely what tonight's game was about. The Devils won't admit it, but it looks to me like they overlooked the Panthers. They came out flat and were pretty de-energized in the third period, as well (wonder if that late goal had anything to do with it?). The good news is they had a very strong second period and got just enough goals to beat one of the worst teams in the league. With the Senators winning earlier in the day and the Rangers and Canes each possessing a game in hand, the Devils just have to points on top of points. More importantly, they have to win games at home against teams they should beat -- like the Panthers. Martin Brodeur didn't have to be great -- although he had a great moment here and there in career win No. 666 -- but he was sharp enough outside of that brain fart behind the net at the end of the second period. More importantly, this win puts pressure on the teams around the Devils to keep up, which can only help New Jersey. Hell, at this point, the Devils could be within four points of fifth place with a win over Ottawa on Tuesday and that's ahead of a sweepable two-game trip to the Florida teams next weekend. All in all, the Devils have things to work (the power play, for one), but they can leave the arena tonight knowing they did enough to help their playoff positioning and these days that's really the only thing that matters.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, Panthers, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Stephen Gionta, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Will the Devils carry over Thursday's performance to tonight?

Who:?Florida Panthers at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:00 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET

Tags: Devils, Devs, Florida Panthers, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Panthers
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If the season where to end today the Devils would finish 6th in the East. This is a huge improvement for the Devils after failing to make the postseason last year. Many critics doubted the Devils and Pete DeBoer making the postseason but the Devils have quieted those critics. Yes the Devils have had their ups and downs but to finish 6th would be a great spot for the Devils to possibly advance deep into the postseason.

If the postseason where to start today, the Devils would play the Florida Panthers who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 1999-2000 season. If you recall the Devils won the Cup that season. Now I am not saying that will happen again but I think the Panthers are the team the Devils can possibly get over to make it up to the 2nd round. Florida will force the Devils to play their best otherwise it would be another disappointing postseason for the Devils. Believe it or not this is one of the most important postseasons in franchise history due to the fact that if the Devils don't make a good run they might not be able to convince Zach Parise, who wants to win more than anything, to stay with the Devils after this season. An early playoff disappointment may spell the end of Parise's career in New Jersey.

So if I were the Devils I would be happy right where they are in the standings because they silenced the critics who said they couldn't make the postseason. Also playing Florida would be a great opponent to get the Devils in playoff form to make a strong run and keep the face of the franchise.

Tags: Discuss, Florida Panthers, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Peter DeBoer, SNY, Zach Parise
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Martin Brodeur gave up 2 goals in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers this afternoon. He returned from sitting out a game from a sore ankle. His ankle was fine throughout today's game. Give it a look.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Postgame, SNY, Watch, watch

Steve Bernier scored the only goal for the Devils today in a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers. It was his first NHL goal with the New Jersey Devils. Also it was his first NHL goal since?February?10th, 2011 as a member of the Florida Panthers. Isn't that a little ironic scoring your first NHL goal with another club against your former team almost a year to the date.

Tags: Fact of the Day, Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, NHL, SNY, Steve Bernier
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