Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Islanders, Lightning Clinch Playoffs

The New York Islanders stormed back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to clinch their second consecutive trip to the Stanley Cup playoffs on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center.

Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee scored to tie it before Thomas Hickey won it in overtime after this most excellent feed from John Tavares.

The Islanders also stretched their lead to six points over the Flyers, which means that this might be the last time they have to see the Washington Capitals for a while.

If the playoffs started today, the Islanders would open with the Florida Panthers in the first round. Here's the complete playoff picture:

The Tampa Bay Lightning are also celebrating a playoff berth despite blowing a 2-0 lead against the Rangers on Tuesday. Tampa gets in thanks to the Bruins 2-1 shootout loss to Carolina.

Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit each have 91 points, but the Bruins are on the outside looking in with just two games remaining. The Flyers have four games remaining while the Red Wings have three.

Here's a look at the current standings: