Skip to content

Islanders clinch playoff spot despite loss

Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 PM EST

islescanesgetty Getty Images

For the first time since the 2006-07 season, the New York Islanders are playoff bound.

Excessively negative folks will crow about them clinching a spot with a shootout loss (4-3 to Carolina on Tuesday), but even that defeat parallels the Isles’ successes. They finished strong and John Tavares was prominently involved.

The potential Hart Trophy candidate scored his 27th goal of 2013 at a crucial time, tying it up 3-3 with about a minute left in regulation.

While some might say that the Southeast Division champion Washington Capitals are the hottest team in the NHL, the Islanders deserve to be in that conversation. They’ve registered a standings point in every April game (8-0-3) and have really been red-hot since March 24, going 11-1-3 in their last 15 games.

If the Islanders maintain control of the sixth seed, they might just get to prove that they’re hotter than the Caps by way of a first-round series.

Merely having that conversation with the guarantee of a playoff spot has to be a sweet sensation for Isles fans.

Latest Posts
  1. WATCH LIVE: Capitals at Penguins (7:30 p.m. ET)

    Dec 27, 2014, 7:00 PM EST

    Washington Capitals v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    Starting to tighten up in the Eastern Conference standings.

  2. Wild place Backstrom (illness) on IR

    Dec 27, 2014, 6:26 PM EST

    Minnesota Wild v Phoenix Coyotes Getty Images

    Minnesota has recalled John Curry.

  3. Mason targets Monday as his return date

    Dec 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EST

    Steve Mason AP

    He’s been dealing with a back injury.

  4. Will Milan Lucic, Dalton Prout go for round three tonight?

    Dec 27, 2014, 3:27 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    There was plenty of controversy surrounding the single-punch incident on Nov. 21.

  5. Jagr: Coaching change might not help unless players ‘wake up’

    Dec 27, 2014, 2:32 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr Getty Images

    Jagr from less than two weeks ago: “(Firing DeBoer) would be one of the biggest mistakes they could make.”

  6. Pens’ Maatta should be back within a month

    Dec 27, 2014, 12:42 PM EST

    Olli Maatta Getty Images

    He won’t need to undergo surgery.

  7. Michael Ryder, Scott Clemmensen have the mumps

    Dec 27, 2014, 12:05 PM EST

    Michael Ryder Getty Images

    The Devils will dress 11 forwards tonight.

  8. Blue Jackets get Hartnell back, but lose Bobrovsky (illness)

    Dec 27, 2014, 11:28 AM EST

    Scott Hartnell Getty Images

    It’s been that kind of season for Columbus.

  9. NHL on NBCSN: Sharks, Kings renew hostilities

    Dec 27, 2014, 9:53 AM EST

    Tomas Hertl, Jonathan Quick AP

    Los Angeles is in a delicate position after a pre-holiday slump.

  10. NHL on NBCSN: Can Capitals take advantage of depleted Penguins?

    Dec 27, 2014, 9:04 AM EST

    Matt Niskanen Getty Images

    Washington hasn’t beaten Pittsburgh since Jan. 11, 2012.

Featured video

Holiday wish lists for NHL teams
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. B. Bishop (2790)
  2. C. Perry (2544)
  3. B. Elliott (2150)
  4. S. Crosby (2126)
  5. S. Weiss (2062)
  1. J. Howard (1886)
  2. S. Varlamov (1737)
  3. J. Schwartz (1698)
  4. N. Kronwall (1571)
  5. S. Downie (1492)