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Islanders Bits: Inching closer to 1st playoff spot since 2007

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Two days to savor two points.

The winner.
The winner.
Marianne Helm

Today begins the final week of this NHL season that almost never was. Crazy to think just three months ago we were in the unending hell of daily CBA posturing, and now we're in the middle of a historic run by the New York Islanders that is ever, ever, ever so close to resulting in their first playoff spot since Ryan Smyth.

And the playoff spots are starting to fall: Last night Toronto and Vancouver clinched. (The Leafs have the distinction of the worst shot-differential for a playoff team since Montreal in 2002.) Washington's rout of Montreal puts them three points ahead of the ninth-place Jets. This afternoon the Rangers host the Devils.

The Leafs' clinching win over Ottawa last night means today the Isles are in sole possession of sixth place in the East. Their magic number is three.

More coverage of the Isles after last night's 5*-4 shootout win:

Oh, and elsewhere: This is hilarious, but seems a little dirty to me.