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Rosner Wrap: Islanders Sweep Penguins, Wild-Card Race Update

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PITTSBURGH — The New York Islanders seemed to be on their way to a disastrous showing against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, but the comeback kids did it again, erasing a two-goal deficit in the third to force overtime and steal two points.

With the win, the Islanders take all four games against the Penguins this season, the first time in franchise history that they had swept Pittsburgh in a season. The Penguins have never swept the Islanders.

By getting that extra point, the Islanders hold a two-point lead over the Penguins for the top spot in the wild-card standing, with Pittsburgh having three games in hand.

The Islanders received some help from around the NHL as well, with the Buffalo Sabres losing 10-4 to the Dallas Stars and the Washington Capitals falling 3-2 in shootout.

The Sabres are now eight points back with three games in hand while the Capitals trail New York by seven points with one game in hand.

The Ottawa Senators did leg out a 3-2 win against the Seattle Kraken to remain six points behind the Islanders with three games in hand of the Islanders.

Now to the stories to know for today:

NYI HOCKEY NOW

The New York Islanders looked lost for most of their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but another third-period comeback gave New York a monumental 4-3 overtime win. New York Islanders 

Here’s the latest from the Islanders locker room after their 4-3 comeback win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. New York Islanders

The New York Islanders hit the ice for morning skate in Pittsburgh on Thursday, and forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Cal Clutterbuck were present. New York Islanders

Despite being out indefinitely with his lower-body injury, Cal Clutterbuck took the trip to Pittsburgh and joined his teammates on the ice Thursday morning ahead of the pivotal game against the Penguins. Here’s what his teammates had to say about his return to the locker room. New York Islanders

Like any new job, Lane Lambert has dealt with growing pains in year one as the head coach of the New York Islanders. But he’s finding his stride at the perfect time. New York Islanders

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Pittsburgh Hockey Now:  Following the blown lead to the Islanders, Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said it was a tough one to swallow. More from the players. Pittsburgh Penguins 

Boston Hockey Now: Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at TD Garden on Thursday night. Boston Bruins

Philly Hockey Now: The Philadelphia Flyers almost stole a win because of Felix Sandstrom’s strong goaltending Thursday in Carolina. Almost. Here’s five takeaways from a 1-0 loss.  Philadelphia Flyers

Florida Hockey Now: The Florida Panthers have won their past two games against Tampa Bay and Vegas, two teams they had no problems getting excited to play. But with Chicago and Winnipeg coming to Sunrise this weekend, the Panthers say the same intensity needs to be there. Florida Panthers

Washington Hockey Now: Over the last three games, T.J. Oshie has seen the Washington Capitals fall into a similar pattern: bad starts followed by big pushes that are sometimes enough, and sometimes not enough. On Thursday, it was the latter in a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils, and for Oshie and the team, that won’t cut it as the standings get tighter. Washington Capitals

Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights prevailed in overtime Thursday night, with Alec Martinez scoring the game-winner against the Tampa Bay Lightning (38-21-6, 82 points) to net the VGK a 4-3 win. Vegas Golden Knights

Colorado Hockey Now: Jared Bednar said his Colorado Avalanche need to find “another level” against these good teams. Having lost three straight games against teams they could realistically play in the postseason, he’s not wrong. Colorado Avalanche

San Jose Hockey Now: The San Jose Sharks rallied, not with a win, but at least a presentable performance in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Here’s more from the locker room. San Jose Sharks