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On the night the New York Islanders remembered the life and legacy of Mike Bossy, they fell 3-2 in overtime to the Florida Panthers. The Islanders are now 19-13-5 on home ice and 35-31-10 on the season. (NYI Hockey Now)

On Friday, Apr. 16, the New York Islanders lost a legend. Four-time Stanley Cup champion and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy lost his battle with cancer at the age of 65 as the hockey world mourned the loss of the purest goal scorer the game has ever seen. The New York Islanders were back on Long Island Tuesday night for the first time since Mike Bossy’s passing, an emotional night at UBS Arena. (NYI Hockey Now)

After being stateside for a few days now, New York Islanders top prospect Aatu Räty has been assigned to Bridgeport (AHL). He is eligible to play in the AHL postseason as he will be a nice addition to their roster. Read what New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz had to say about Räty. (NYI Hockey Now)

Penguins defenseman Nathan Beaulieu might have jumped the gun a bit Tuesday when he joined his new teammates for practice for the first time. Beaulieu, acquired from Winnipeg at the trade deadline for a conditional draft pick, first skated onto the ice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in a yellow jersey like many of his teammates. But before the session started in earnest, he switched to a white jersey to signify he is not yet cleared for contact. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

While the New York Islanders were eliminated from playoff contention earlier in the week, the Florida Panthers expected a chippy game in their first trip to UBS Arena. “They always play tough at home,” Patric Hornqvist said before the game.  “There is not going to be a lot of ice out there and it’s going to be a grind.” And Hornqvist was right as it took overtime for the Panthers to push their win streak to 11 straight games. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers showed Tuesday they could lose just as easily across the border as they can in the United States. After an encouraging start, they dropped a 5-2 decision in Toronto as their losing streak stretched to six games. (Philly Hockey Now)

Charlie McAvoy scored 48 seconds into overtime and the Boston Bruins pulled within one point of the Tampa Bay Lightning for third place in the Atlantic Division with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. In the process, the Bruins snapped a nine-game win streak for the Blues. (Boston Hockey Now)

The Montreal Canadiens put in a solid effort, but ultimately dropped their sixth straight game against the Minnesota Wild in a 2-0 loss. Here’s how it happened in the Post Game Poutine. (Montreal Hockey Now)

The Vegas Golden Knights have two of their stars back in the lineup in Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty. But they haven’t been themselves. In a time when the Golden Knights are in desperate need of their star players performing, Stone and Pacioretty have not been there. In five games Pacioretty has a goal and an assist whereas Stone is still looking for his first point back in four games. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Playoffs are just around the corner and it’s time for Colorado Hockey Now to check out the competition of who might be the first-round opponent.  First up, the Dallas Stars. Right now the Stars are in the second wild-card spot with 43-28-5 record, for a total of 91 points.  If the playoffs started Tuesday, it would be Avs-Stars in the first round. Nashville has the same record as Dallas, but are ranked in the first wild-card spot because they have more regulation wins. (Colorado Hockey Now)

The San Jose Sharks are back at home, hoping to snap a 10-game losing streak, against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Scott Reedy, Rudolfs Balcers, and Reedy again gave the Sharks a quick 3-0 lead — and the Sharks managed to pull out a 3-2 win. (San Jose Hockey Now)

If the NHL playoffs started tomorrow, the Calgary Flames would face off against the Nashville Predators. Judging from Tuesday’s game in Music City U.S.A., such a series could prove to be a real humdinger. (Calgary Hockey Now)

The Vancouver Canucks were in dire need of a regulation win over the lackluster Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night as they sat just outside a playoff spot. But a point was all they would get as they fell in a shootout as the Canucks are four points out of the final playoff spot in the West with five games remaining. The Dallas Stars, who hold the final spot, have a game in hand on Canucks. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

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