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Islanders get first shutout in Montreal

Islanders get first shutout in Montreal MONTREAL -- Hard work paid off for a rookie-laden New York Islanders lineup. Facing an established and playoff-bound group in the Montreal Canadiens, the young Islanders made the most of their opportunities in a 2-0 win Thursday night at Bell Centre. Centers Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson, both first-year NHL players, scored for New York, which saw its fresh faces ready for any mistake Montreal offered up.

Preview: Islanders at Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens look to strengthen their hold on home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs when they host the New York Islanders on Thursday. Montreal owns a three-point lead for second place in the Atlantic Division over Tampa Bay, which has one game in hand. The Canadiens settled for one point Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 overtime decision at Chicago after squandering a lead with 48 seconds remaining in the third period.

Senators 4, Islanders 1

Senators 4, Islanders 1: Captain Jason Spezza scored twice and added an assist to lead visiting Ottawa over New York.Craig Anderson made 45 saves for his first victory since March 31. Ales Hemsky also scored and added two assists and Matt Kassian added an empty-net goal for the Senators, who improved to 18-14-8 on the road. Frans Nielsen replied for the Islanders, who wrapped up their home season with a 13-19-9 record. Anders Nilsson stopped 28 shots in his second consecutive start.

Preview: Senators at Islanders

The New York Islanders will play their last home game of their penultimate season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum when they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The Islanders have not fared well at home, posting a 13-18-9 record. The Senators are almost mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but they have a winning road record (17-14-8) and defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Islanders 4, Panthers 2

(Updated: CORRECTING: Time of Pirri's goal in Game Notebook.) Islanders 4, Panthers 2: Josh Bailey scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and also notched an assist as host New York salvaged the finale of its three-game season series versus Florida.

Preview: Panthers at Islanders

The New York Islanders have been playing spirited hockey of late, posting a 3-0-1 mark in their last four contests. The Islanders look to continue that upward trend on Tuesday, when they attempt to salvage the finale of their three-game regular-season series against the visiting Florida Panthers. Frans Nielsen scored in both regulation and the shootout as New York skated to a 2-1 triumph over New Jersey on Saturday.

Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO)

Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO) UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In providing a glimpse at a promising future, the New York Islanders are doing their best to also ruin the present for more than one Eastern Conference playoff hopeful. Centers Frans Nielsen and Brock Nelson scored in the shootout Saturday night as the Islanders once again played the role of spoiler at Nassau Coliseum by edging the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.

Preview: Devils at Islanders

The New Jersey Devils reside four points behind a four-team contingent as they vie for one of the final two wild-card spots in the Eastern Conference. The Devils look to trim the deficit when they visit the Metropolitan Division-rival New York Islanders on Saturday. New Jersey's quest for the postseason would be less intimidating had it been more productive in shootouts.

Preview: Islanders at Lightning

Valtteri Filppula and the Tampa Bay Lightning look to extend their point streaks to double digits when they host the New York Islanders on Thursday. Filppula has posted at least one point in a career-high nine games - collecting four goals and nine assists during the stretch for the Lightning, who are on a 5-0-4 run that has solidified their spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Tampa Bay must be alert against the Islanders, who have won their last two games and own four victories in the last five meetings.

Preview: Wild at Islanders

The Minnesota Wild continue their Eastern Conference road trip with a visit to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. The Wild have one win in their last six games (1-2-3) and are five points clear of slipping out of a wild card playoff spot in the West. The Islanders are firmly entrenched in the basement of the Metropolitan Division and have one of the worst home records in the league (10-17-8).
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