7:03 NSH Mike Fisher; Assists: Colin Wilson, Craig Smith
1:32 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Dennis Seidenberg
1:25 NYI Thomas Hickey; Assists: Josh Bailey, Jaroslav Halak
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This was a spirited effort by the shorthanded Islanders, who outshot Nashville 72-49, and held the Predators to only 23 shots on goal.
Interim head coach Doug Weight, now 21-12-4, which is a 100-point pace, had to be happy with the result, given they are missing John Tavares, Casey Cizikas, Ryan Strome, Nikolay Kulemin, Travis Hamonic, and Shane Prince, forcing Weight to use Thomas Hickey at wing. And what do you know, Mr. Overtime himself, Hickey, comes up with the game-winning goal.
However, it is likely a little too late. Even though New York extended their season into game 80, Thursday night in Carolina, Ottawa needs only a single point and Toronto two to officially eliminate the Islanders from playoff contention. New York cannot catch the Bruins. Even if the Islanders were to win their remaining three, capturing all six points, it's possible that the Sens and Leafs could go winless and still get in (Sens 0-2-1, Leafs 0-1-2).
A slow start and questionable at best management decisions will likely come back to bite the Islanders, who, after starting the season 6-10-4, have gone 32-19-8 since.
Thomas Hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Tuesday night to preserve their thin playoff hopes for at least another game.
Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders, and goalie Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight in chasing the Eastern Conference's second wild card.
The Islanders came in with captain John Tavares missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. They outshot Nashville 32-23 to ruin the Predators' regular season home finale.
Mike Fisher scored a goal for Nashville, which lost four of its last five.
With the win, the Islanders moved within five points of Toronto for the second wild card after both Boston and Ottawa won earlier Tuesday night to move up the Atlantic Division standings. >> Read more...
Next game: The Islanders travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes on Thursday at 7 p.m.