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Islanders edge Jets in shootout thriller

Apr 20, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

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It was a tight game, but the New York Islanders kept their hot streak going with a 5-4 shootout win against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. That pushes them to sixth place in the East – at least for now – and extends their point streak to 10 games (8-0-2).

Several Islanders enjoyed two-point performances (including Lubomir Visnovsky‘s two assists and a one-goal, one-assist output by Frans Nielsen) while John Tavares ended up notching the shootout winner to make an impact in a rare instance where he didn’t get on the scoresheet in regulation.

In case you weren’t aware, this contest had significant playoff implications, with the only bummer for Islanders fans being that the victory made life a little easier for the New York Rangers:

6. NY Islanders – 53 points with three games remaining
7. Ottawa – 52 points with five games remaining
8. NY Rangers – 50 points with four games remaining
9. Winnipeg – 49 points with three games remaining

Still, it’s probably safe to say that the red-hot Isles will take it. They’re also that much closer to clinching a postseason berth.

No doubt about it, the Jets could have used this extra point. According to Sports Club Stats, they’ll probably need to rack up five of their remaining six points to have better than a 50-50 chance to get to the playoffs themselves.

  1. multiplemiggs - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Being that I know everything about hockey and the NHL, I would say the Islanders chances of winning the Cup are now at 94.6%. My pure genious alone, helps them win when I attend games. Islesjb doesnt like me, probably because i am a bigger Islander fan than him and he his jealous of my powers. going back to having my drink with Nystrom down here in sunny florida #thelife

    • islesjb - Apr 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      Nailed it.

      Crazy game- must have been awesome to be there in person

  2. cityofthechamps - Apr 20, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Are you drunk? They would have to go through the Pens if not the Hawks or any other powerhouse in the west to win. They cannot do it

  3. jdrew506 - Apr 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Dont ever say they can not do it when it comes to playoff hockey, anythink is possible. I seem to remember a series in ’93 when no one though the Islanders could beat Mario and the penguins and guess what they did. In fact the penguins have never won a playoff series against he Islanders. I am not predicting it is going to happen again just saying never say its impossible when it comes to playoff hockey.

  4. blastardo - Apr 21, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    A lot of people thought the Kings had no chance when they had to go through the Nucks and the Blues in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

    The Islanders are hot right now. I’m not looking forward to the possibility of the Caps facing them in the first round.

  5. source7769 - Apr 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    they are a hot team at the end of the season that usually always means a deep run, the only thing im not too happy about is they need to get nabokov some rest but cant do it until they lock up a seed other than 8th id rather not play pitt in the 1st round

  6. multiplemiggs - Apr 21, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    hahahahaha peopke take my comments so seriously. Its funny. And of course its another Penguin fan who’d be dammed if someone god forbid said they have a chance to win the Cup!

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