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Islanders Bits: Another win to relish, and Tavares Hart buzz

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The Islanders keep rolling, finding themselves in the position of putting playoff-bound teams on their heels.

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Bloodied.
Bloodied.
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The Islanders simply took it to the Maple Leafs last night, adding another couple of points to their playoff push and actually bringing them within view of the fifth seed in the East.

I can't remember the last time an increasingly strong surge from the Islanders resulted in other playoff teams questioning their direction -- not 2007, which was a struggle to the finish line -- but that's what's happening now.

The Leafs were in a funk before this game, despite several wins, but last night was a firm reminder of their flaws.

On questions about Anders Lee's contract and whether he needs more games to "burn" the first year of his ELC: Don't think so. The CBA in 9.1(d)(i) describes the "slide" rule (the rule that postponed Nino Niederreiter's contract one year and Ryan Strome's two) is for players who sign their ELC at age 18 or 19.

Heading to Tribeca for the Kevin Connolly film on John Spano? Chime in.