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Islanders keep breathing down Rangers’ neck for East’s eighth spot

Mar 28, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers are dealing with a wide range of headaches as they try to hold onto the eighth playoff spot in the East. Thursday validated the New York Islanders as one of those worries.

The Rangers were shut out for the fourth time this season tonight, succumbing to the Ottawa Senators by a 3-0 score. Meanwhile, the Isles fought back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 via a shootout.

With that, the Rangers’ hold on their position is perilously slim. John Tortorella’s bunch is 16-14-3 for 35 points in 33 games played while the insurgent Isles are 16-15-3 for 35 in 34.

The Carolina Hurricanes continue to fade in 10th place (they lost their seventh in a row by falling to Toronto tonight), so a local showdown for the final spot seems quite plausible.

In fact, if the the New Jersey Devils continue to bumble at seventh place (37 points in 33 games), things could get that much more interesting for area rivalries.

  1. bcisleman - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    #Isles have last game of the season vs NJD on Monday followed by a game vs Tuesday. #Isles could be 7th seed by deadline.

  2. islesjb - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Isles definitely had a couple bounces go their way but that was one of the more exciting games of the season and definitely one of the biggest W’s.

    Hartnell’s knucklepuck goal in the first was one of Nabby’s softest goals all year. Glad we were able to recover even if it wasn’t in regulation.

    • trbowman - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      That was a brutal goal. Nabby looked like Sievegalov on that one.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        I’d rather have “Sievegalove”in net than “Beach Ball Fleury” i net. Enjoy you 3rd first round playoff exit in 3 years.

      • trbowman - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        I’m not a Penguins fan.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Oh my bad, you just like trolling Flyers articles like the rest of the fanboy legion. No wonder I got you confused with the Hen boys.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I want to see the isles make the playoffs by winning the final game if the season in a shootout just like 2007

  4. jdrew506 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Great win for the islanders but should never had made it to OT. Refs missed the highstick on Cizikas drew blood and no call then less then a min later they get called on that ticky tack call on the faceoff. Just really glad they stood strong and took the 2 points.

    • trbowman - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      True, but Visnovsky got away with that hit on Giroux. Missed calls both ways.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        Thank you for pointing that out so I didn’t have to. Textbook boarding call. Isles also got a gift when Nabokov flopped as if he had been shot at the end of the 2nd, then rolled around in “agony”, this despite having almost no contact with BSchenn. His stick barely touched the back of Nabokovs skate, and I mean BARELY. I don’t blame the refs at all for the Flyers blowing another game, but you can’t tell me the Flyers were the ones getting the breaks from the striped shirts.

  5. multiplemiggs - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    should have been no goal, Nabokov was dove upon by a Flyer (forgot who it was) clear goaltender interference.

  6. jdrew506 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Always missed calls both was, just hate that such a lame call was made that lead to the tying goal.

  7. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Isles fans won the game and they’re still complaining about calls? Really? What about the obvious board on Giroux? Nabokov flopping like a fish? Or the “interference” penalty on Luke Schenn that gave the Isles a man advantage for the first two minutes of overtime? Not to mention the fact that Giroux was being absolutely mugged in the waning seconds of OT when the Flyers had several chances to end the game. The refs missed some calls and called some they shouldn’t have, but quit acting like the Isles somehow received unfair treatment. that’s so far from reality.

  8. Stiller43 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:22 AM


    Or maybe theyll get to their 3rd cup finals in the last 6 years…something your turd franchise cant claim.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      Hello Stiffy the troll. Never met a Flyers article you didn’t like. Doubt it on the third cup finals though. My “turd” franchise has also never claimed bankruptcy 3 times. Later Stiffy.

  9. broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Talk about some lucky bounces on both sides of the ice. Hartsy’s knuckleballI and the goal that went off Schenn and Gus’ skates. I think overall both teams played well until the Flyers took a little break. They were lucky to get a point out of this one. Gee had a great game and JT looked damn good on the ice.

    • drone501 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      no, i think you mean fartsmell loser.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:32 PM

        Ah look mommy let someone have some ‘puter time. Have fun little one.

  10. steelers88 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Man I really wish the Islanders could get into the playoffs over the Rangers. It would be good for their fanbase.

  11. jimeejohnson - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Beat the Flyers: so what. The Flyers suck!

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