Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Isles Clinch Playoff Spot In Shootout Loss To Hurricanes

Well in what was the teams ugliest game in a while, the Islanders were defeated tonight in a shootout by the Hurricanes 4-3.  Even with the loss, with the Capitals victory over the Jets, the Islanders clinched their first playoff birth since the 2006/2007 season.  Here are some of my notes:

-Dan Ellis played a great game for Carolina.  When people say a goalie keeps a team in the game, games like the ones Ellis had tonight are where that comes from.  He made some huge saves for the Canes tonight.

-Keith Aucoin, even though he didn't get on the score sheet had a pretty solid game and came close a couple times to finally breaking his drought.

-Powerplay was weak, that needs to get better as the season ends and we head to the playoffs.

-Nabby had a decent game, not his best but surely not his worst!

Coming in, a lot of people were looking past this game because of the Hurricanes recent struggles.  Well, tonight the Hurricanes came out and showed why you never want to do that.  The team didn't play well for a majority of the game tonight, but they managed to clinch a playoff spot which is the goal.

Next Game: Thursday @ Philly

EASTERNDIVGPWLOTPROWGFGADIFFHOMEAWAYS/OL10STREAK
1
 Z - PITTSBURGH
ATL46351107032155113+4217-6-018-5-03-07-3-0LOST 1
2
 X - BOSTON
NE45271355923125102+2315-4-312-9-24-34-5-1LOST 1
3
 Y - WASHINGTON
SE46261825423145126+1914-8-012-10-23-09-1-0WON 2
4
 X - MONTR√ČAL
NE46271455924141123+1814-7-313-7-23-24-6-0LOST 2
5
 X - TORONTO
NE45251555525138124+1413-8-212-7-30-56-3-1WON 1
6
 X - NY ISLANDERS
ATL46241665420137135+210-11-314-5-34-27-0-3OT 1
7
 OTTAWA
NE4523166521910999+1015-5-38-11-34-44-6-0LOST 2
8
 NY RANGERS
ATL46241845220122109+1315-6-29-12-24-46-3-1LOST 1
9
 WINNIPEG
SE47242035122126140-1413-9-111-11-22-36-3-1LOST 1
10
 NEW JERSEY
ATL461818104616109123-1412-9-26-9-82-73-6-1WON 1
11
 BUFFALO
NE47202164614123142-1910-10-310-11-36-46-4-0WON 1
12
 PHILADELPHIA
ATL46212234520129139-1014-7-27-15-11-25-5-0WON 2
13
 CAROLINA
SE46192434118122148-269-14-010-10-31-13-6-1WON 2
14
 TAMPA BAY
SE45172443816140141-111-9-26-15-21-32-6-2LOST 2
15
 FLORIDA
SE46142663411107164-578-10-56-16-13-13-7-0WON 1
 photo courtesy of http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm#?navid=nav-stn-main

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