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Islanders News: Columbus drops New York to third

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The Isles ran into a wall of Bob and drop to third in the Metro.

NHL: New York Islanders at Columbus Blue Jackets
Surrounded and beaten.
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders had a chance to deal the Blue Jackets a sever blow and keep pace behind the Capitals (98 points) for first in the Metro. Instead, Columbus shut them out and the Isles wake up having fallen to third place (95 points), tied on points but losing the tiebreaker to their likely first-round opponents in Pittsburgh.

Five more to go, starting Thursday in Winnipeg {gulp}.

Islanders News

About last night:

  • Off night for Thomas Greiss, the usual night for the power play. [LHH]
  • Bobrovsky did to the Isles as Greiss had previously did to CBJ [Isles]
  • Still, third shutout in five games stings. [Newsday | Post]
  • A good return to the lineup for Michael Dal Colle (also: no official word on Oliver Wahlstrom possibly leaving NCAA) [Post]
  • The Isles magic number remains at five. [NYI Skinny]

Before that:

  • Andrew Ladd is done for the season, torn ACL ending a nightmare year and giving him two damaged knees, surgery this week, recovery in 4-5 months. [LHH | Isles | Newsday | Post]
  • Bobo Carpenter, summer camp attendee, BU captain, and son of former NHLer Bob, signs a two-year ELC starting next season. [Isles]
  • He’s expected to do an ATO in Bridgeport to finish out this season. [Soundin’ Off]

Post-game reactions:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include Washington dumping the Hurricanes, so Carolina remains four points back of the Isles and in the first wild card spot. The Blue Jackets’ win keeps them to two points behind second wild card holder Montreal, which beat the Panthers.

  • The Jets can expect to return to Threat Level: Frightening with two key defensemen returning to the lineup. [NHL]
  • Are these the final days for Roberto Luongo? And apparently the players really don’t like the playoff seeding format, though there will always be complaints. [31 Thoughts]
  • A rehash of the complaints about these terribly unfair playoffs. [TSN]
  • Ending speculation and some mild discomfort, the Lightning and coach Jon Cooper have reached agreement on an extension. [Raw Charge | TSN]
  • Pending UFA Michael Raffl re-signed with the Flyers for two years. [NHL]
  • Son of dirty pest talks about being son of dirty pest. [Post]