Islanders Secure NHL Playoff Spot; Rangers Fail to Clinch Berth

The New York Islanders clinched a National Hockey League playoff berth for the first time since 2007, while the New York Rangers lost to stay in a three-way tussle for a postseason place.

The Islanders lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Carolina Hurricanes and booked a spot in the playoffs when the Washington Capitals defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 last night.

The Islanders (24-16-6) have 54 points, two more than Ottawa and the Rangers (24-18-4), who lost 3-2 to the Florida Panthers last night. The Senators (23-16-6) hold seventh place and have played one fewer game than the Rangers, who now hold the eighth and final playoff spot -- one point ahead of the Jets. The Rangers have two games remaining, while the Jets have one game left.

The Capitals (26-18-2) secured the Southeast Division title with the victory against the Jets and are currently seeded third behind the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference.

At PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, Riley Nash and Jeff Skinner scored in the shootout to give the Hurricanes the win against the Islanders.

John Tavares scored with 61 seconds left in the third period for the Islanders to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime. Brad Boyes and Josh Bailey scored the other goals for New York.

At BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, Marcel Goc scored a power-play goal in the third period to break a 1-1 tie as the Panthers stopped the Rangers from clinching a playoff place.

Taylor Pyatt and Derick Brassard scored for the Rangers, who have games left at Carolina tomorrow and at home against the New Jersey Devils on April 27. Winnipeg hosts Montreal in its final game tomorrow.

The Senators are at Washington tomorrow, before hosting the Philadelphia Flyers two days later and ending the regular season with a visit to the Bruins on April 28.

The playoffs begin April 30.

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