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The Islanders put together a strong performance in what should be the final regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum. It was the Islanders’ best performance in quite some and a great way to bid farewell to such a historic arena. These stories and more on today’s daily links!

Were the New York Islanders exercising some of their demons on Saturday night? Perhaps. The Islanders scored five goals against the New Jersey Devils and snapped a three-game skid with a 5-1 win in what could be the last regular-season game at the Nassau Coliseum. (NYI Hockey Now)

The Islanders got set to play what more than likely will be the last ever regular-season game as Nassau Coliseum. Brock Nelson shares his thoughts and head coach Barry Trotz discusses the plan for next two games. (NYI Hockey Now)

Forget the results of the remaining games, the Islanders need to focus on finding their game before the playoffs begin. (NYI Hockey Now)

If this was indeed the playoff-bound Islanders’ final regular-season game at Nassau Coliseum, they gave the outdated but beloved barn a worthwhile farewell. (NYI Hockey Now)

The NHL and the NHL Players Association announced on Saturday relaxed COVID-19 protocols for the playoffs and the offseason for teams in which 85% of the 56-person maximum traveling party has been fully immunized, meaning two weeks after the second dose. It’s not known whether the playoff-bound Islanders meet that criteria, but coach Barry Trotz thinks the loosening of restrictions will be a benefit to teams. (Newsday)

The Islanders have qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season and will know by Tuesday which East Division foe they will face in the first round. But the same yearly success has not been duplicated with AHL-Bridgeport, their top minor-league affiliate. (Newsday)

The Boston Bruins missed an opportunity to keep pace for first place in the East Division with a third-period collapse that led to a 5-4 loss to the New York Rangers. (Boston Hockey Now)

If the Flyers beat Washington Capitals or took them to overtime, the Penguins would win the division and the important first seed in the East Division. And Philadelphia did just enough. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

The Philadelphia Flyers had a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time in over a month on Saturday night. And it looked like they might actually get the job done against the Washington Capitals. (Philly Hockey Now)

The Panthers won Saturday’s opening appetizer before the main course comes in the playoffs next week, getting another Alex Wennberg hat trick in a 5-1 win over the Lightning in Sunrise. (Florida Hockey Now)

Either way you look at it, the Avs are going to lose a great player to the Seattle Kraken. But that player should not be Tyson Jost. (Colorado Hockey Now)

Connor McDavid scored his 100th point of the season for the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday in his 53rd game. (NHL)

The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched first place in the Scotia North Division and denied the Montreal Canadiens from clinching a Stanley Cup Playoff berth with a 3-2 win at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. (NHL)

The Nashville Predators clinched the final Stanley Cup Playoff berth from the Discover Central Division with a 3-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. (NHL)

Conor Sheary scored at 4:00 of overtime, and the Washington Capitals locked up second place in the MassMutual East Division with a 2-1 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Capital One Arena on Saturday. (NHL)

Victor Rask scored at 2:46 of overtime, and the Minnesota Wild moved into second place in the Honda West Division with a 4-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday. (NHL)

The Carolina Hurricanes will play the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (NHL)

John Tortorella said Saturday he expected a quick resolution regarding his future as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. (NHL)

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association announced modifications Saturday to COVID-19 protocols for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for fully vaccinated individuals and teams. (NHL)

The Dallas Stars will not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after reaching the Cup Final last season. The Stars are the first team to fail to return to the playoffs after reaching the Cup Final since the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014-15 season. (NHL)

Tim Stutzle scored his first NHL hat trick and the Ottawa Senators won 4-2 against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Saturday. (NHL)

David Gustaffson scored the winning goal in a shootout as the Manitoba Moose edged the Toronto Marlies 5-4 Saturday in Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen‘s second American Hockey League conditioning start. (TSN)

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports some NHL players on Canadian teams have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. (TSN)




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