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Isles complete historic seven-game home stand

By Jason Lockhart

The Islanders ended their impressive seven-game home stand Thursday night when they dropped a heartbreaker to St. Louis 3-2 in overtime. By reaching overtime, the Islanders assured themselves a point in six of the seven games to finish 5-1-1 during this stretch. The seven-game homestand was a success in fact it was the best in Islanders history.

Four other times, including at the beginning of this year, the Islanders played in seven consecutive games at home. Prior to this year, the best Islanders performance during such a stretch was 3-2-2 between November 21st and December 21st during the 2001-02 season.

The Islanders topped that mark in October of this season when they went 4-1-2 at the Nassau Coliseum to start the home portion of their schedule. That productive run in the middle October jump-started the Islanders' season after a sub-par opening road trip. Since then, the Islanders have been in or near the top eight in the Eastern Conference.

This most recent home stand not only kept the Islanders within reach of the playoff pack, it put them in a playoff position. They currently sit in seventh, one point behind sixth-place Atlanta. Starting February 15th and ending on March 1st the Islanders defeated Boston, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Montreal and Philadelphia, while losing to New Jersey in regulation and St. Louis in overtime to earn 11 out of a possible 14 points.

"We came into this stretch at home wanting to stay in the playoff hunt," said assistant coach Danny Flynn. "We got points almost every night and have stayed in the mix. So we accomplished what we wanted to."

After seven consecutive games at home, the Islanders will play six of their next nine games on the road, including Saturday's contest against the Capitals in Washington. While the Capitals are all but out of the post-season chase, they still have one of the most dynamic players in Alex Ovechkin, who is tied for third in the NHL is goals with 38.

Despite their below .500 record, the Capitals have defeated the New Jersey Devils recently and lost in overtime to high-flying Tampa Bay. One player who knows Washington well, is former Capital Richard Zednik, who was acquired by the Islanders a day before the trade deadline.

"It's going to be exciting going up against my former team," said Zednik, who's had two stints with the Capitals. "They're a young team so they're going to come at us hard and play with a lot of energy. It's going to be a challenge to stop Alex. We'll have to get in his face right away since he likes to carry the puck. The whole team has to play within our system."

This is the third meeting between the two teams this year. The Islanders won 4-1 at home on November 25th, but lost in a shootout, 2-1, at the Verizon Center on February 4th.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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