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Islanders experience a ‘reality check’ in shootout loss to Sabres

Apr 27, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

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The New York Islanders are in the playoffs, so naturally a higher standard has been set.

The Islanders closed out the 2013 lockout-shortened season with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.

It’s a single point that, at least for the moment, vaults the Islanders into sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. If the playoffs were start Saturday morning – they don’t – the Islanders would actually play the Washington Capitals in the first round.

But just because this is the Islanders’ first trip to the post-season since 2007 doesn’t mean they’re going into this next stage looking for just a simple and quick experience.

And the loss to Buffalo apparently didn’t sit well.

“Maybe it’s a little bit of a reality check,” Islanders defenseman Mark Streit told Long Island Newsday.  “We don’t pay attention to the details and we’re in trouble. Especially when the playoffs begin.”

  1. godsmacked1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    I’m glad they feel that way. 5 straight (Streit? Strait?) road games to close the season is tough in any year, but doing it while your trying to qualify should toughen them up for a playoff run. Hopefully this is a lesson learned….the 3 points they left on the board losing at Philadelphia and Buffalo might hurt their seeding.

  2. steelers88 - Apr 27, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I think the Islanders will be a serious Stanley Cup contender but not this year. I can’t see them beating Washington, Pittsburgh, and Boston in a playoff series. Not because of talent but because they have NO experience in the postseason!

    • godsmacked1 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      Washington would be their best matchup. If they slide to the 8 seed, Pittsburgh will be tough to beat.

  3. rippit2000 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Looks like they’re destined for the 8 seed, and as a Pens fan I really didn’t want to see that. Last night notwithstanding, they’ve been red hot, and their speed gives the Pens some trouble. They’ll be a tough out.

  4. steelers88 - Apr 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    If you want to win the cup you have to beat tough teams. Regardless if you play the NYI, OTT, or the NYR.

    • rippit2000 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      True – I just hoped to avoid one for at least the first round. But it’s the playoffs – there are no gimmes.

  5. ironcity6pak - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    As a pens fan, I don’t want to play this isles team in the first round. My surprising team of the year.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 27, 2013 at 4:50 PM

      you guys are crazy. i’d take this matchup over nyr any day. rangers were a good team that underperformed…islanders on the other hand have overperformed and are not that great if you watch their games or have looked at their roster. im not scared whatsoever, in fact i will be shocked if the pens dont sweep them.

  6. steelers88 - Apr 27, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I’d rather play the Islanders and the Senators than the Rangers. The Rangers are the one team that scares the HELL out of me.

  7. jaredo10 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    As a Ranger Fan. I respect all islander fans for stickin with this is team thru the rough times. hate to say it but this is the team to beat in the future

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