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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi tangles up with Pittsburgh Penguins center Nick Bonino during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal in the third period as the New York Rangers ended the regular season with a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 9:16 PIT Nick Bonino; Assists: Dominik Simon, Phil Kessel
  • 13:54 NYR Ryan McDonagh; Assist: Michael Grabner
  • 18:31 NYR Derek Stepan (power play); Assists: McDonagh, Mika Zibanejad

Second period:

  • 13:38 PIT Carter Rowney

Third period:

  • 7:23 NYR Jimmy Vesey; Assist: Zibanejad
Tags: Derek Stepan, Jimmy Vesey, Michael Grabner, Mika Zibanejad, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan McDonagh
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New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)
New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) skates with the puck during the third period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland)

The Devils (13-14-7) welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (22-8-5) to Newark on Tuesday.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins defeated the Devils, 4-1, on Friday night at PPG Paints Arena, improving to 9-1-2 (.833) in 12 games this month -- currently their best record in any December all-time. Pittsburgh has won 10+ games in December four times in franchise history (last time: 11-3-0 in December 2013).
  • Including Friday night's setback, the Devils have scored two or fewer goals in eight of their last nine tilts. New Jersey has -18 goal differential this month -- worst in the Eastern Conference and third worst in the league overall.
  • Pittsburgh has won both meetings with New Jersey in 2016-17, each win coming at PPG Paints Arena. The Devils are 7-1-1 in their last nine home games vs. the Pens.
  • Sidney Crosby lit the lamp Friday night, scoring a goal for the third straight game, and for an NHL-high 24th time in 2016-17. Crosby, who has a marker in each of his two skates against the Devils this season, is looking to pot a goal in three straight games vs. New Jersey for the first time in his NHL career.
  • Kyle Palmieri scored the Devils' lone goal Friday night, and has now lit the lamp in back-to-back skates for the first time of the season. Palmieri has four markers and a helper during his current four-game point streak vs. Pittsburgh.
  • Pittsburgh is the only team in the league to boast three 30+ point skaters in 2016-17 (Malkin -- 39, Crosby -- 38, Kessel -- 34).

© 2016 by STATS.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) looks on during a time-out against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. (Charles LeClaire)

The three-day Christmas holiday break in the past, the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils return to action Tuesday night at the Prudential Center to finish a home-and-home set that began with a 4-1 Penguins win in Pittsburgh last Friday.

That victory helped the Penguins (22-8-5) continue their impressive month of December. Pittsburgh has recorded at least one point in all but one of the 12 games it has played this month. The Penguins are 9-1-2 in December, a record that includes a season-high seven-game winning streak from Dec. 1-Dec. 14.

On the other side, Friday's result saw the Devils (13-14-7) continue their struggles this month. New Jersey, which had snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 4-0 home-ice win over the Philadelphia Flyers last Thursday, is just 3-7-2 in December.

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Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 30, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (72) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

Second Period

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Nov 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Nov 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) controls the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Eric Fehr (16) during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look for their second victory in a row as they take on the rival Penguins at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Penguins haven't played since Saturday, when they beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-3 in a shootout, in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has not had consecutive wins sin November 5 & 8 (at San Jose, vs. Edmonton). In their last three games, the Penguins are 0-for-11 on the power play and have allowed five power-play goals in just nine opponent power-play opportunities.
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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist defends his goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period at Madison Square Garden. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

Henrik Lundqvist was pulled after allowing four second-period goals in the New York Rangers' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 4:22 NYR Rick Nash (power play); Assists: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello

Second period:

  • 2:02 PIT Scott Wilson; Assists: Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino
  • 4:58 PIT Sidney Crosby; Assist: Ian Cole
  • 10:12 PIT Kessel; Assist: Bonino
  • 12:57 PIT Crosby; Assist: Kris Letang
  • 16:42 PIT Conor Sheary; Assists: Crosby, Carl Hagelin

Third period:

  • 13:05 PIT Matt Cullen; Assists: Justin Schultz, Eric Fehr
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers left wing J.T. Miller (10) clears the defensive zone against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at the PPG Paints Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

J.T. Miller scored a shorthanded goal with 59 seconds remaining in the second period as the New York Rangers overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Monday at PPG Paints Arena. >> Read more


First period:

  • 1:02 PIT Jake Guentzel; Assists: Phil Kessel, Trevor Daley
  • 13:12 PIT Guentzel; Assists: Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel

Second period:

  • 4:51 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:23 NYR Michael Grabner; Assist: Ryan McDonagh
  • 19:11 NYR J.T. Miller (short handed); Assist: Kevin Hayes

Third period:

  • 12:46 NYR Hayes; Assist: McDonagh
  • 18:37 NYR Derek Stepan (empty net); Assists: Nash, Grabner
Tags: Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Michael Grabner, Pittsburgh Penguins, Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The Islanders just went through yet another tumultuous week where an expected coaching change never materialized and general manager Garth Snow broke his silence with the media, speaking to reporters after Friday's practice, in what was thought to be a forced move after Frank Seravalli of TSN revealed details of a discussion the two had in Toronto at the GM meetings.

With some sarcasm, snark and ill-advised humor, Snow offered a vote of confidence for his embattled head coach, Jack Capuano, whose system is either not working anymore with the current roster of players at his disposal, or the players have simply tired of the message being preached and have tuned it out. He also gave support to said roster, all while feverishly working the phones looking for offensive help.

Tags: Anders Lee, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Andy Graziano
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Islanders coach Jack Capuano and forwards Shane Prince and Brock Nelson share their thoughts on the Isles' 3-2 OT loss to the Penguins.

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Second Period

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 (Vincent Carchietta)
(Vincent Carchietta)

The Islanders host the Penguins on Friday night. According to STATS...

  • Pittsburgh was blown out, 7-1, by Washington at Verizon Center on Wednesday night, losing for the second time in its last three tilts overall. The last time the Pens lost by more than six goals was when they were shut out 7-0 by the Hurricanes on December 16, 2001.
  • New York was blanked, 4-0, by Tampa Bay at Barclays Center on Monday night, dropping its third straight game by a combined score of 11-3. The whitewash was the first for the Isles since losing 5-0 to the Penguins on April 2 last season.
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 (Eric Risberg)
(Eric Risberg)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Devils as the 2016-17 season nears…

  • June 22: NHL Awards from Las Vegas
  • June 24-25: NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York
  • June 30: Last day to qualify restricted free agents
  • July 1: Free agency begins
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
  • Sept 26: First preseason game - Flyers at Devils, 7 p.m. from the Prudential Center

The full 2016-17 regular-season schedule will be released later in June. 

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks

New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (L) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (LC) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) and goalie Jean-Francois Berube (R) stand for the national anthem before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Islanders center Mikhail Grabovski (L) and defenseman Calvin de Haan (LC) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) and goalie Jean-Francois Berube (R) stand for the national anthem before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. (Charles LeClaire)

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup, defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.

Now that the season is over, here are some important dates for the Islanders as the 2016-17 season nears…

  • June 22: NHL Awards from Las Vegas
  • June 24-25: NHL Entry Draft from Buffalo, New York
  • June 29: Blue & White Rookie Scrimmage and Skills Competition at Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park
  • June 30: Last day to qualify restricted free agents
  • July 1: Free agency begins
  • Sept. 17-Oct. 1: World Cup of Hockey
  • Sept 26: First preseason game - Flyers at Islanders, 7 p.m. from Barclays Center

The team's full schedule will be released later in June

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) celebrates his empty-net goal with Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) in front of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the third period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 3-1 to take a two games to one lead in the best of seven series. (Brad Penner)

Box score

The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their postseason hex against the New York Rangers emphatically Saturday, lighting up Henrik Lundqvist in a remarkably easy 6-3 rout in Game 5 to win the series 4-1 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Rookie Bryan Rust scored twice during a four-goal burst in the second period and Matt Murray made 38 saves for the Penguins. Pittsburgh which outscored the Rangers 14-4 over the final three games to gain a measure of revenge after New York ended the Penguins' seasons each of the last two years.

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New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)
New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. (Charles LeClaire)

The Rangers and Penguins meet for Game 2 of their playoff series at 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh.

According to STATS...

  • The Penguins picked up a 5-2 victory in Game 1, after scoring exactly one goal in each of their previous four home playoff games against the Rangers.
  • The Penguins have gone 17-7 all-time in best-of-7 playoff series after winning Game 1, including victories in each of the last three such series.
  • The Rangers, 10-27 all-time in best-of-7 playoff series after losing Game 1, have lost seven of their last nine such series, but did pick up a victory against the Capitals in seven games in the conference semis against Washington last postseason.
  • The Penguins, coming off the 5-2 win in Game 1, have now scored at least four goals in 18 of their last 21 victories. Pittsburgh has also scored six shorthanded goals over their last seven victories.
  • Patric Hornqvist's hat trick in Game 1 was the seventh postseason hat trick by a Penguins skater since the 2009 playoffs (two by Sidney Crosby, two by Evgeni Malkin, one by James Neal and one by Jordan Staal).
  • Derek Stepan, who scored a career-high 22 goals this season, scored a pair of goals for the Rangers in Game 1, after going without a goal over his previous 11 road playoff games.
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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)

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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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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang battle for the puck during the second period at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched a playoff berth Saturday behind Matt Murray's 23 saves for his first NHL shutout, 5-0 over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

Surging Pittsburgh improved to 45-25-8 with its fifth straight win and has outscored opponents 25-10 in that stretch.

The Penguins made the postseason for the 10th straight year and solidified their grip on second place in the Metropolitan Division. Pittsburgh led the New York Rangers by three points, with the Rangers hosting Buffalo on Saturday night.

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New York Islanders forward John Tavares takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares takes a shot against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at PNC Arena. (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders take on the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Barclays Center at 1 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Penguins have lost three consecutive road games against the Islanders in regulation, after losing just three of their previous 16 road games (11-3-2) against New York in regulation.
  • The Islanders, who have won three straight games, can match their season-long win streaks (three streaks of four games) with a win on Saturday.
  • Since the beginning of February, the Penguins have averaged more than five goals per game (5.06) over their 15 regulation victories. At the same time, Pittsburgh has gone an NHL-best 10-1-0 since March 11.
  • Sidney Crosby, who has now recorded at least one point in 16 of his last 17 games, has averaged 1.75 points per game (93/53) over his career against the Islanders -- the most by any active skater against one team (minimum 12 games).
  • Phil Kessel, who has recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) over his last four games, has now scored at least 25 goals in each of his last three seasons, and for the seventh time in his NHL career.
  • John Tavares, whose next goal will give him back-to-back 30-goal seasons for the first time in his NHL career, has recorded at least one point in each of his last six home games against the Penguins.
Tags: John Tavares, Pittsburgh Penguins

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Sidney Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night in a potential first-round playoff preview.

Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal's goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.

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Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath is upended by the Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath is upended by the Penguins' Tom Kuhnhackl. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Box score

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist each scored in the final 2:13 of the second period, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Malkin added two assists and Phil Kessel scored into an empty net for the Penguins, who frustrated Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist midway through the second and chased him with a three-goal flurry at the end of the period.

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New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak (20) scores against the Winnipeg Jets, his former team during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)
New Jersey Devils right wing Lee Stempniak (20) scores against the Winnipeg Jets, his former team during the first period against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. (Bruce Fedyck)

The All-Star break might not be coming at the best time for the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The surprising Devils try for a season-high fifth straight win Tuesday night as they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, who appear to be finding their footing of late as the teams close out their pre-All-Star schedules.

New Jersey (25-19-5) has put a 1-5-0 stretch in the past in impressive fashion and can win five in a row for the first time since Feb. 3-10, 2013. Lee Stempniak scored twice against his former team and Cory Schneider made 22 saves in Saturday's 3-1 victory over Winnipeg, which improved the club to 14-9-2 on the road.

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New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)
New York Islanders left wing Nikolay Kulemin skates for a loose puck during the third period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USATSI)

The Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders and Penguins meet for the first time this season. The Isles won the last four matchups between the teams in 2014-15. They are seeking their first five-game winning streak against the Penguins since 1986.
  • The Penguins tied a season high with five goals in their New Year's Eve win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Through December 31 last season, the Penguins scored six goals or more in a game three times.
  • Thursday's win in Detroit was just Pittsburgh's second victory this season in the second game of a back-to-back. They were just 1-5-1 in those games entering their New Year's Eve contest.
  • Kris Letang scored two goals against the Red Wings on Thursday after recording just one in his previous 27 games played this season. It was his first multi-goal game since December 13, 2014 at Columbus.
  • Nikolay Kulemin extended his goal streak to three games with a third period goal that secured the Isles' 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Brock Nelson has the longest goal streak by an Islander player this season with four games.
  • The Islanders have the most improved penalty kill percentage in the NHL from last season to this season -- going from 78.0 87.3 percent. They are currently ranked second in the NHL in penalty kill percentage, behind only Anaheim (88.0).
Tags: Brock Nelson, Nikolay Kulemin, Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins and Islanders meet for the final time this season tonight at 7 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. The crucial matchup will air on MSG Plus, as well as WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM.

This will the be fifth and final contest between the division rivals. The Islanders (46-28-6) have taken three of the four previous games against the Penguins. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak -- the announced starter for tonight -- has started three times against Pittsburgh and is 2-1 in those games.

Cal Clutterbuck will return to the Islanders lineup after missing their previous game. The rest of the lineup will remain the same. The Penguins will be using five defenseman against the Islanders and Marc-Andre Fleury will likely get the start.

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There were jokes, smiles and calm faces in the Islanders locker room after Thursday's practice at Nassau Coliseum. If you hadn't been following the Islanders, you never would have guessed that the team was gearing up for what is arguably the biggest game of the year.

The relaxed attitude is a good sign for a team that suffered a crushing loss on Tuesday in Philadelphia. If they lost any confidence in themselves, it hardly showed on Thursday.

"We can't dwell on that right now," Anders Lee said. "We have two games moving forward and our most important game is [Friday] night. That's what we're focused on."

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Dare I say, the Islanders once again have a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday.

They won't be in action, but they have two ways to finally lock up a spot in the postseason. One possibility requires the Ottawa Senators to lose at Madison Square Garden. If the Rangers come away with a win in any fashion against the Senators -- winners of four of their last five -- then the Isles would clinch.

The Islanders can also clinch if the Bruins lose in any manner to the Panthers. The Washington Capitals helped the Islanders Wednesday by beating the Bruins 3-0 at the Verizon Center.

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The Islanders are in the drivers seat tonight in Philadelphia.

They can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Flyers. A single point will also do the trick for the Islanders or if they lose then a regulation loss by the Ottawa Senators will also give the Isles a postseason birth.

The Washington Capitals have a one point lead in the standings on the Islanders, so a win tonight over Philly would also move the Isles back into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals are off tonight, but they will play the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins were likely very happy to be done with having to play at Nassau Coliseum after Friday night.

Well, a trip back may be in the cards in the postseason, but for the rest of the regular season Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens won't have to hear the taunts from Islander fans as they did during Friday's 6-3 New York win. It was the Islanders' third straight win over Pittsburgh, and their second win at Nassau Coliseum this season.

The Islanders-Penguins matchup was billed to be another entertaining battle between divisional opponents, who have played some memorable games in recent years, and it lived up to the hype.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It was the four goal game that almost didn't happen for Kyle Okposo.

For a few minutes after Jack Capuano finished his post game press conference -- ?following his team's 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins -- Okposo's fourth goal was given to Brock Nelson. Then after a few minutes more the media was informed that the Islanders' winger did indeed score a fourth goal.

It capped off a night that saw the Islanders come from behind to beat the rival Penguins and maintain possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division, as well as saw Okposo record his first career hat trick.

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Nassau Coliseum -- Uniondale, NY

TV: MSG Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

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The NHL's premier regular season event took?place in Washington, D.C. on Thursday and there are reports that the 2016 Winter Classic could be headed back to Boston, Massachusetts.

The NHL is clearly starting to recycle teams that have taken part in the event. Playing another game in Boston would surely bring in the television ratings, but it's been done before. In a recent Puck Daddy article, Josh Cooper proposed 15 ideas to revitalize the Winter Classic, one of which was to have the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins play at Beaver Stadium.

From the article:

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The Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins to move into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with them. The 4-1 was the Islanders second straight win over the Penguins and their eighth win in the month of November. They are 8-2-0 through 10 games this month.

For the game story click here and for the Billy Smith sidebar story click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes on the Islanders 4-1 win over the Penguins:

  • The Islanders announced a sellout for Saturday night's game. There were still some empty seats, but it was the largest crowd the Islanders have had since the home opener. The arena had a playoff like atmosphere and the fans were loud.
  • Jack Capuano has gotten his share of criticism for putting his fourth line out on the ice for certain situations, but that line has played good hockey during the two game set against Pittsburgh. Saturday night, they were hitting opposing players, creating chances and Matt Martin scored the tying goal in the final minutes of the second period.
  • Speaking of Matt Martin, he is also playing his best hockey in the last two games. This weekend was the first time in Martin's career that he has scored a goal in consecutive games. Martin has been creating scoring chances, along with his usual hitting anyone with an opposing jersey on. With Michael Grabner's return coming soon, Martin is making a case to stay in the lineup.
  • The Penguins brought out the best in the Islanders. It seems to be the case most nights when these two teams play. The game had a great flow to it and the first periods flew bye, as the refs really held off on blowing any whistles. Many people, myself included, would sign up to see a seven game series between the Islanders and Penguins.
  • Like most Islanders vs. Penguins games there was physicality and some nastiness to it. Of course it was highlighted by this dump play by Steve Downie, who had spared with Travis Hamonic in the first period.

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The Islanders beat the Penguins 5-4 in the first of a home-and-home with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles let the lead slip away, but did come away with the W in the shootout. New York has certainly shown they can play with the best of teams this month and put veteran goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury on his heels.

For the game recap, click here.

Scott Charles, a staff writer from WLIE Sportstalk NY, gave us some thought's from the Islanders win over Pittsburgh:

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The Islanders undefeated streak was going to end at some point, unfortunately for them it came to an end on Saturday night in Pittsburgh. Missed chances on the man-advantage and two power play goals allowed sunk the Isles Thursday night in the Steel City. Despite two goals given up, Jaroslav Halak had a strong game.

For the game recap click here.

Below are some quick thoughts and notes on Saturday night's loss:

  • The Islanders power play had one of it's worst nights early this season. They went 0-for-7 (although it's hard to really count their last power play chance with fifteen seconds left in the game). Regardless the Islanders could not capitalize on the man-advantage, even with a 5-on-3 chance in the second period. The power play has been the anchor to the Islanders through the first four games and helped revitalize them when games were starting to slip. They needed that on Saturday, but did not get it. It will be something they need to work for Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
  • The Penalty kill allowed two goals against Pittsburgh. you never want to give the Penguins a chance on the power play and the Isles gave them that. The other thing you never want to do is give them a 5-on-3 and the Islanders did that as well. Ultimately the Isles went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill, but those two goals were big for Pittsburgh.
  • Jaroslav Halak played another strong game. He made 35 saves in the loss and helped keep the Penguins from widening the score even more. Halak has really proven to be a difference maker early in the year.
  • Good on Travis Hamonic for standing up for his teammates Saturday night. The Islander defenseman was quick to take on Steve Downie after a questionable hit on Frans Nielsen in the third period. It is something you have been seeing Islander players do a lot this year. Here is the hit for you to judge for yourself:

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The Pittsburgh Penguins finished the 2013-14 regular season first in the Metropolitan Division and second in the Eastern Conference (51-24-7, 109 points), but floundered in the playoffs. The Pens had a tough first round victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets, but fell to the New York Rangers after taking a 3-1 series lead.

The playoff results were enough for ownership to make sweeping changes in management. The Pens fired general manager Ray Shero and head coach Dan Bylsma and replaced them with Jim Rutherford and Mike Johnston.

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It wasn't quite the result that the Devils had hoped for in their season opener, but there are still some positives to take out of the 3-0 loss in Pittsburgh.

The first thing to realize about opening night, is that everyone tends to overreact. Had the Devils won, it would have been the same thing, except the other way. It's one game and they played on the road against a very good team. The Devils won't be panicking, they'll be getting ready for another important division tilt against the Islanders tomorrow night.

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Today we finally lay to rest an offseason of trials and tribulations. No longer can we lament about the losses of old number 17 and 23. It's about the future, and it's about Devils hockey.

The wait is over. In just a few short hours, it begins anew.

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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 25...

1993- Claude Lemieux scores two goals, and Chris Terreri stopped 30 of 31 shots as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena. The Devils lost 5-3 in game five and were eliminated by the Pens.

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Johan Hedberg is starting in goal, the Devils don't have anything to play for, so why not give a guy like defenseman Eric Gelinas a shot Thursday when Pittsburgh comes calling? Alexander Urbom made his season debut on Tuesday night against Montreal and did OK.

If Gelinas -- who the Devils are awfully high on -- wants to see what the NHL is really like, why not play him against an injury-riddled Penguins team with nothing to play for.

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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs, who seemingly doomed the Devils' playoff hopes just three days ago, have renewed life into New Jersey's postseason chances.

The Leafs' 4-3 regulation win over the Rangers at Air Canada Centre kept New Jersey within two points of both seventh and eighth in the East with only 18 regular-season days remaining.

With New Jersey idle again tonight, the team and fans can root for the Flyers and Lightning. Philadelphia, still clinging to faint-playoff life, will be on Long Island for a date with the Isles. Tampa Bay, meanwhile, will try to deal the reeling Senators their fifth-straight loss.

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There are a few new names in the standings today.

The Devils also find themselves in an unfamiliar position: outside the East's top eight.

Five straight losses, two of which came in regulation, coupled with the Islanders' sudden hot streak, have left New Jersey on the outside looking into the playoff party.

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Thanks to tiebreakers, the Devils are still in the No. 7 spot, but the Islanders and Rangers are catching up fast.

The Caps, keyed by Alexander Ovechkin's three-point game, crept to within three points of the eighth spot, and are only two points back of No. 3 Winnipeg for the Southeast Division lead.

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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.

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  • Bryce Salvador, Alex Ponikarovsky and Stephen Gionta are all likely to play tonight in the Devils' game at Tampa Bay, according to Rich Chere (NJ.com)
  • Though the Pittsburgh Penguins look loaded, the Devils believe chemistry is key (NorthJersey.com)
  • While the Pens have made a splash, it appears as if Lou Lamoriello is more interested in 'adding pieces' this trade deadline (ProHockeyTalk).
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  • Ilya Kovalchuk was placed on IR and will miss two to four weeks with a right shoulder injury... (NJ.com)
  • ...but newly-acquired forward Matt D'Agostini feels this is opportunity with Kovalchuk on the shelf (NJ.com)
  • The Penguins acquired ANOTHER top-six forward Sunday when they acquired Brenden Morrow from Dallas (NHL.com)
  • The Rangers, Islanders and Flyers all lost Sunday. Naturally, Pittsburgh won (NHL.com)
Tags: Around The Links, Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars, Ilya Kovalchuk, Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins

Four years ago today, Martin Brodeur etched a place in NHL history with his 552nd win.

Three Stanley Cups, four Vezina Trophies, five Jennings Trophies, plus a slew of awards and accomplishments have helped cement Martin Brodeur as one of the NHL's all-time greatest goaltenders.

But four years ago today, Brodeur staked a claim to No. 1.

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The Devils are tied atop the Atlantic Division standings yet are in fourth place due to the Pittsburgh Penguins' 12 wins.

New Jersey will play three straight road games-- in Winnipeg, Buffalo and Toronto-- after it hosts the Jets Sunday at 5 p.m.

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