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Mar 7, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Mar 7, 2019; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) makes a save in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

With Robin Lehner nursing an upper-body injury, Thomas Greiss made 35 saves as the Islanders finished off a home-and-home sweep of the Senators, winning 4-2 in Ottawa Thursday night. Valtteri Filppula scored twice for the Isles. >> Box score


First period:

  • 5:44 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Leo Komarov, Nick Leddy
  • 7:00 OTT Brady Tkachuk; Assists: Ben Harpur, Anthony Duclair
  • 15:24 NYI Valtteri Filppula; Assists: Tom Kuhnhackl
Tags: Anthony Beauvillier, Casey Cizikas, Ottawa Senators, Thomas Greiss, Valtteri Filppula
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Mar 5, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) stops a shot by Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) during the shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 5, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) stops a shot by Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot (72) during the shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Both the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators got what they wanted out of their game against each other Tuesday night. But each team will be looking for even more Thursday night, when Ottawa hosts New York in the back end of a home-and-home set.

The Islanders earned a 5-4 shootout win at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, when they squandered a two-goal third-period lead and survived an injury to starting goalie Robin Lehner but escaped with the victory after Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal scored on the team's only attempts in the shootout.

Tags: Jordan Eberle, Mathew Barzal, Ottawa Senators, Robin Lehner, Thomas Greiss
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Isles win, Trotz's 800th win 00:01:17
The Isles beat the Senators 5-4 in a shootout to stop their losing streak. It was also Barry Trotz's 800th career win.

The Islanders entered the third period with a solid 4-2 lead at the Coliseum, but the Senators scored two unanswered goals to tie it up by the end of regulation. And after an overtime period that saw the puck stay out of both nets, Thomas Greiss locked down the net in the shootout while Jordan Eberle and Mathew Barzal buried their penalty shots to come away with the win. >> Box score


First period:

  • 8:22 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Josh Bailey
Tags: Anders Lee, Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey, Mathew Barzal, Ottawa Senators, Thomas Greiss
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Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Feb 21, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; The New Jersey Devils celebrate their 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

While Cory Schneider was a brick wall in net, the Devils ran up four goals against the Senators for a big win at home on Thursday night. >> Read More


First period:

  • 11:45 NJD Travis Zajac; Assists: Miles Wood, Will Butcher
  • 14:34 NJD Steven Santini; Assists: Jesper Bratt, Will Butcher
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Jan 18, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) watches the play against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Jan 18, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene (95) watches the play against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Ottawa Senators defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

The Islanders' surprising season sees them leading the Metropolitan Division with 24 games remaining, and with the trade deadline less than a week away they have been linked to one of the biggest names on the trade market.

In his weekly 31 Thoughts column for Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman writes that the Islanders are one of two "stealth desination(s)" for Ottawa's Matt Duchene along with Calgary. Columbus and Nashville are the teams primarily in on Duchene, who has 27 goals and 31 assists in 50 games and is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Tags: Ilya Kovalchuk, Ottawa Senators
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Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov is called for hooking against New York Islanders right wing Joshua Ho-Sang in the first period at American Airlines Center. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

>> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 6:20 DAL Tyler Pitlick; Assists: Mattias Janmark, Jason Spezza
  • 14:10 NYI Casey Cizikas
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Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)
Nov 29, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save on a shot from New York Rangers center center Lias Andersson (50) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports (Marc DesRosiers)

The Rangers couldn't get anything going against the Senators Thursday as Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson got the shutout, 3-0. >> Box score


First period:

  • 2:06 OTT Drake Batherson; Assists: Matt Duchene, Maxime Lajoie
  • 14:35 OTT Magnus Paajarvi; Assists: Zack Smith, Tom Pyatt

Second period:

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Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Nov 23, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a kick save during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

Brady Tkachuk is making up for lost time.

In the process, the Ottawa Senators rookie is also working himself into the early season Calder Trophy conversation.

Tkachuk, who on Nov. 8 returned from a leg injury that sidelined him for 11 games, scored twice to propel the Senators to a 4-3 comeback win on Tuesday in Philadelphia that stopped the team's losing streak at four games. He also had an assist to give him five points in two games and 16 in 14 games this season.

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Ottawa Senators defenseman Christian Jaros and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
Ottawa Senators defenseman Christian Jaros and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal battle for the puck during the first period at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers scored three goals in the third period en route to a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score


First period:

  • 10:55 NYR Marc Staal; Assists: Mika Zibanejad, Jesper Fast
  • 13:03 OTT Mark Stone; Assists: Colin White, Brady Tkachuk
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Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Oct 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes (13) battles for the puck against Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

For most of this month, the New York Rangers piled up points and emerged as an early surprise of the season.

Then came the last 120 minutes and the Rangers encountered their first impediment to their recent progress with consecutive afternoon losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals.

The Rangers hope to shake off their first losing streak in a month Monday night when they host the Ottawa Senators, who are the only team to allow 100 goals this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers lose 00:04:17
Marc Malusis and Sal Licata break down the Rangers' loss to the Senators in Game 6 and debate what caused this team to not go further.

The New York Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden.

The Senators will face the winner of the Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series in the Eastern Conference finals.>> Read more


First period: 

Tags: Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Mika Zibanejad, Nick Holden, Ottawa Senators
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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against Ottawa Senators center Christopher DiDomenico in the first period at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss defends the goal against Ottawa Senators center Christopher DiDomenico in the first period at Barclays Center. (Nicole Sweet/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Sunday at Barclays Center in their season finale. >> Read more


First period:

  • 3:23 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Alan Quine, Johnny Boychuk

Second period:

  • 8:17 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson
  • 13:52 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Adam Pelech, Scott Mayfield
  • 18:54 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assist: Ryan Dzingel

Third period:

  • 2:34 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Alexandre Burrows, Chris Neil
  • 18:52 NYI Jason Chimera (ENG); Assists: Nelson, Leddy
Tags: Alain Quine, Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ottawa Senators
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Feb 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates his goal left wing Andrew Ladd (16) against the Philadelphia Flyers with during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (24-18-10) have been on fire under new coach Doug Weight. Since he replaced the fired Jack Capuano, they have gone 7-1-2, including a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday that inched them to within one point of the Flyers and two of the Boston Bruins in the race for a wild-card spot.

"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first 2 1/2 months," Weight said after the win over Philly. "Now it's got to be playoff time for us every game."

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Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Ottawa Senators left wing Tom Pyatt and New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey battle against the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders gave up four unanswered goals and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:30 OTT Bobby Ryan; Assists: Kyle Turris, Ryan Dzingel
  • 17:20 OTT Zack Smith; Assists: Mark Stone, Erik Karlsson

Second period:

  • 0:27 NYI Anders Lee; Assist: Josh Bailey
  • 14:07 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Travis Hamonic
  • 15:03 OTT Mark Stone (power play); Assists: Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf

Third period:

  • 5:45 OTT Derick Brassard; Assists: Stone, Zack Smith
  • 16:33 OTT Smith (ENG)
  • 19:34 OTT Tom Pyatt (ENG); Assist: Chris Kelly
Tags: Anders Lee, Josh Bailey, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)
New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) in action against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner)

The Devils head to Ottawa to take on the Senators at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

According to STATS...

  • The Devils swept the season series versus the Senators last season by winning all three of their games versus Ottawa, the first time New Jersey has swept the season series since going 4-0-0 versus the Senators in 2008-09. The Devils have won each of their last three road games versus the Senators.
  • The Devils extended their losing streak to four games by falling, 5-2, at St. Louis on Thursday, tied for New Jersey's longest losing streak of the season. The Devils have been outscored, 19-5, during their current losing streak.
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Dec 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Dec 8, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates his goal against Montreal Canadiens with teammates during the third period at Bell Centre. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators lost their first-line left winger and third-leading scorer when Mike Hoffman was suspended by the league for two games Friday afternoon.

Ottawa will be hoping a guy like Bobby Ryan can pick up the slack when the New Jersey Devils visit Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night for the first of three games between the teams this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Rangers win 00:00:53
Jimmy Vesey, Rick Nash and Henrik Lundqvist discuss the Rangers' 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden.

Jimmy Vesey and Rick Nash both scored in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


First period:

  • 5:22 CAR Viktor Stalberg; Assists: Matt Tennyson, Joakim Nordstrom
  • 12:55 CAR Stalberg; Assist: Jay McClement

Second period:

  • 9:13 NYR Nick Holden

Third period:

  • 0:24 NYR Rick Nash
  • 14:48 NYR Jimmy Vesey (power play); Assists: Nash, Brady Skjei
Tags: Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, Nick Holden, Ottawa Senators, Rick Nash
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GEICO SportsNite: NY rough patch 00:00:50
Alain Vigneault, Derek Stepan, and Antti Raanta discuss the Rangers' 2-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.

The New York Rangers lost to the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. >> Read more


Second period:

 

  • 1:54 OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau; Assists: Tom Pyatt, Zack Smith
  • 16:11 OTT Mark Stone (power play); Assist: Mike Hoffman

 

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The New York Islanders celebrate a goal scored against the Ottawa Senators in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers/USATSI)
The New York Islanders celebrate a goal scored against the Ottawa Senators in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. (Marc DesRosiers/USATSI)

(AP) -- Travis Hamonic and John Tavares each had a goal and an assist in the third period and the New York Islanders defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-2 on Friday night.

Hamonic beat Andrew Hammond with a slap shot at 2:58 of the third to give New York a 3-2 lead and Tavares slipped a backhand past Hammond at 7:03 for some insurance.

Kyle Okposo scored on a bank shot off the backside of Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen to finish the scoring.

Tags: Cal Clutterbuck, Jaroslav Halak, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Nick Leddy, Ottawa Senators, Travis Hamonic
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Dec 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Dec 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Islanders face the Ottawa Senators on the road Friday at 7:30 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Canucks at Barclays Center five days ago, taking at least one point from their third straight tilt in the process (2-0-1 record). New York has participated in six shootouts this season (3-3 record) -- tied for third most in the league (behind Ottawa and Toronto -- 8).
  • Ottawa was pummeled, 6-3, by the Devils at Prudential Center last night, snapping its two-game win streak with the setback. The Sens are just 2-6-0 (.250) in the second of back-to-back tilts this year -- tied for third worst in the league.
  • The Senators took the first meeting of the season with the Isles, 3-2, in overtime at Canadian Tire Centre on December 5. Dating to the beginning of 2012-13, these clubs have played 10 times, and each has skated off with five wins.
  • Ryan Strome scored the Isles' lone goal in last Sunday's setback, lighting the lamp for the second time in his last three skates (had three goals in first 31 games of the season). Including Strome (5), the Isles have 11 different players with 5+ goals in 2015-16 -- tied for second most of any Eastern Conference club.
  • Mike Hoffman lit the lamp last night, giving him 21 markers on the season -- second most of any Eastern Conference skater (Ovechkin -- 28). Including one this year, Hoffman has two goals in five career skates vs. the Islanders.
  • The Isles have killed 94.0 percent (63/67) of their opponents' power-play opportunities in the last 23 games -- best of any team in the league since Thanksgiving. Ottawa's penalty-kill percentage is just 72.0 since Turkey Day (third worst in hockey).
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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.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Islanders, new york islanders, News, Ottawa Senators, pittsburgh penguins, Standings Watch
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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.

Tags: Islanders, new york islanders, News, Ottawa Senators, pittsburgh penguins
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Jack Capuano's faith in his squad hasn't wavered, not even a little bit.

The Islanders' Head Coach didn't miss a beat when he was asked if he was concerned about his team after their 2-1 loss to Ottawa. "Not at all," Capuano responded to Stan Fischler's question about his worry for the club.

"You can't score, you can't win," Capuano added after a second of silence.

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, john tavares, kyle okposo, new york islanders, News, Ottawa Senators
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The Islanders host the Ottawa Senators tonight at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum. MSG Plus will have the Isles television broadcast, while WRHU 88.7 FM and LI News Radio 103.9 FM will have the radio call.

The Islanders (43-22-4) kick off a packed weekend tonight when they take on the Ottawa Senators.

The Senators (31-244-11) are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and are trying to stay in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs. Ottawa is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games, which includes wins over Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim. Their only loss came at the hands of the Boston Bruins.

Tags: 14-15 Game Day, Game Day Posts, Islanders, new york islanders, Ottawa Senators
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Canadian Tire Center -- Ottawa, ON

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

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The Devils scored early and often, en-route to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators from Prudential Center. The win moves their record to 14-15-6 on the season.

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- With his second period goal, Jaromir Jagr passed Steve Yzerman, scoring the 693rd goal of his NHL career. He now sits just one behind Mark Messier for seventh all time.

Tags: Eric Gelinas, Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Postgame Thoughts, Reid Boucher
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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 30...

1988-? Kirk Muller scores 14 seconds into the game, and John MacLean's third-period redirection serves as the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in game 7 of the Patrick Division finals at the Cap Center.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brian Rolston, Doug Gilmour, John MacLean, Kirk Muller, Lyle Odelein, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Scott Gomez, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals
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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 28...

2001- After losing game one, the Devils blow a 5-1 third-period lead in game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Randy McKay's goal at 5:30 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 6-5 win over the Leafs, evening their best-of-seven series at 1.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Dave Andreychuk, Jamie Langenbrunner, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Pavel Kubina, Randy McKay, Scott Stevens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs
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The New York Rangers looked like they had something to play for on Saturday afternoon.

The Devils did not.

New Jersey ended its disappointing campaign with a flat, uninspired effort in a 4-0 loss to New York at Madison Square Garden.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Derek Stepan, Henrik Lundqvist, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, Marek Zidlicky, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Peter Harrold, Post Game, Rick Nash, Ryan Callahan
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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.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Winnipeg Jets
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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 going to take an awful lot to get the Devils into the playoffs.

New Jersey clearly can't get into the tournament without winning some games. It also hasn't gotten much help lately.

Still, as it is mathematically possible for the Devils to get in, we keep it up.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Phialdelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's going to be a multitude of reactions to tonight's loss. Many will cite "puck luck" or the lack thereof. Others will claim a screwjob from the refs in the third period. Some will say Pete DeBoer isn't doing his job and needs to go, if only to shake up the team. I'll give you the first one. I may even listen to you on the second one, too. But this loss, like most of the last nine have not been the fault of one, Pete DeBoer. This loss, like this skid, is a combination of factors, but the blame resides largely on the ice. Some thoughts...

Car, meet wall: We talked about it in our pregame thread, the idea of a team struggling to score running into a very good goalie in Craig Anderson. We were concerned that if Anderson was on his game, it might not matter what the Devils did -- and after 60 minutes it was pretty clear that Anderson was going to win tonight no matter what the Devils did. Although he got a little help from the iron maidens, he did plenty of work on his own. At times, Anderson used excellent positioning to give the Devils almost nowhere to shoot. The rest of the time he flung his legs or his glove or his blocker (or the butt end of his stick) into the Devils' way (and faces). Flat out -- Anderson was a damn beast tonight. He might have missed too much time with a sprained ankle to still be considered for the Vezina, but he put on the type of late-season performance tonight that usually rockets a goalie's name to the top of the list. You know what tonight was? It was the Coyote vs. the Roadrunner. The Coyote painted the train tunnel on the rock, thinking it would fool the Roadrunner, who of course (through the miracle of dated animation) ran right through that tunnel. When the Coyote tried to follow, he either found himself flattened by a train or up against the rock. Craig Anderson was both the train and the rock tonight, sitting back and attacking and basically steamrolling a Devils team that basically gave everything it had and came up with nothing.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lou Lamoriello, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Senators, Sens, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Devils have a real chance to gain ground against another playoff contender tonight.

Who: Ottawa Senators at New Jersey Devils

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

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Sens
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(Editor's note: Buffalo and Philly are only pictured because they haven't been mathematically eliminated -- yet. We'll see ya in October, fellas.)

The Devils were in rough shape entering play Thursday night. Then the Senators, Islanders and Jets won in regulation, making the six and seven seeds basically unreachable and adding yet another ROW to Winnipeg's already impossible number. Those wins, combined with New Jersey's regulation loss Wednesday, put the Devils hoping for a Jets collapse and a sweep of the two-game mini-series against the Rangers in the final week of the season. That of course assumes the Devils keep pace with the Rangers until that point, which brings me to my next point.

Tags: Blueshirts, Broadway Blueshirts, Islanders, Isles, Jets, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Rangers, Scoreboard Watching, Senators, Sens, 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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The Devils are down to nine games to make a postseason run.

New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.

The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, 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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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.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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I'm not sure about you all, but I'm starting to get the vibe that the Devils are trying to keep things interesting.

New Jersey dropped its fourth straight Monday night, 3-1, to the ninth-placed Islanders. Meanwhile, across the river, the Rangers polished off the Jets 4-2.

Both results moved the New York squads within two points of seventh place. New Jersey, which hasn't been outside the top-eight all season, could be by the week's end.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Scoreboard Watching, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg Jets
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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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With 15 games left, the Devils are only two points ahead of the Eastern Conference's No. 9 team.

But New Jersey can boost that advantage with some games it should win. The Devils will play back-to-back games in the Sunshine State, starting tonight with an affair with the lowly Lightning.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Notes, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets
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  • A collection of recaps from the Devils' 2-1 loss Monday at Scotiabank Place-- New Jersey's second shootout loss to Ottawa in five weeks. (NHL.com) (AP) (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com)
  • New Jersey outshot Ottawa 34-14 on Monday and thought they deserved to beat the Sens (Fire & Ice)
  • Bryce Salvador and Stephen Gionta were injured Monday night, but Pete DeBoer doesn't know the severity of their injuries yet. (Fire & Ice)
  • Marek Zidlicky's game-tying goal was a key play. Rich Chere breaks it down. (NJ.com)
Tags: Around The Links, BRYCE SALVADOR, Marek Zidlicky, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Stephen Gionta
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

There's two different ways you could look at tonight's game: Disappointing or gutsy. During their first contest without Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils fought through in-game injuries to two game players and an awful to start to eek out a consolation point. They also played some good hockey in the second and third periods, although there were mistakes and they were clearly tired in overtime. Some thoughts...

One and one: One game without Kovalchuk, one point for the Devils. This is how it will have to be. Yes, they would've liked to have picked up the extra point and surely played like it in the third period, but any points are important given the state they're in right now. If you'd like to be concerned, the Devils' record in overtimes and shootouts is reason for worry. New Jersey has left a lot of points on the ice this season after excelling in extra hockey last season. Will it be the difference between eighth and ninth? Too early to tell, but for now the Devils simply have to do everything they can to stay stagnant (at worst) in the standings while Kovy is out. Tonight, the Devils managed to overcome a dreadful start and seemingly woke up after being undressed by Pete DeBoer during a first-period timeout. The gears didn't really begin to turn until the second when Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique had some impressive shifts as DeBoer mixed and matched forwards given his limited bench. Over the final two periods, the Devils looked like a good hockey team that couldn't finish -- which is what they've looked like for stretches this season. Except there's no Kovy coming in to seal the deal with a rocket from the point or a perfect pass across the ice. Make no mistake, this is what the Devils will look like for the next two weeks. They could play very inspired hockey game in and game out and it will still be a challenge to score goals.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, BRYCE SALVADOR, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Martin Brodeur, Marty Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Notes, Ottawa Senators, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Senators, Sens, Stephen Gionta, Steve Bernier, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Adam Henrique and the Devils face the Senators in their first game without Ilya Kovalchuk.

Who: New Jersey Devils at Ottawa Senators

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

Tags: Devils, Devs, Gameday, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Senators, Sens
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  • News and notes surrounding New Jersey's dominant 5-2 win over Philadelphia last night (NHL.com) (NJ.com) (NorthJersey.com)
  • Krys Barch was injured last night during the third period of New Jersey's win, but Danny Briere was nice enough to apologize for the dangerous check? (NJ.com)
  • Andrei Loktionov had another stellar game (Fire & Ice).
  • In the Eastern Conference's only other game, Montreal beat Ottawa 4-3 in a shootout (NHL.com).
Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Around The Links, Danny Briere, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers
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The hockey boards lit up toward the end of last week at the prospect of Dany Heatley coming east?to New Jersey.

Can you picture this scene, only with Dany Heatley wearing a Devils sweater?

That trade has likely been delayed, considering Tallinder was placed on IR today. But it's no secret that Heatley's been frustrated ever since he was pulled from the Minnesota Wild's top-line back in February.

Tags: Analysis, Atlanta Thrashers, Cory Clouston, Dany Heatley, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Mike Yeo, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, San Jose Sharks
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