What We Learned: How bad is NHL officiating in Stanley Cup Playoffs? (Puck Daddy)

(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) The big complaint about these playoffs is that a lot of penalties are going uncalled, and how much that's affecting play. Anecdotally, this is happening a lot. Guys get taken out of the play, or even slowed up, by a hook or obstruction in the neutral zone, and what should have been a 3-on-2 that might have resulted in a scoring chance all of a sudden becomes a 2-on-2 that very much doesn't. Now, what isn't mentioned when people complain about this stuff is that this is part of a larger trend that's been going on for a while now. In terms of what is and is not being called, it's become pretty obvious over the last few years that refs are putting the whistles away, to an extent never before seen in the league. We don't have data from earlier than 1962-63 on this kind of stuff, but this year's 3.06 power plays drawn per team per game is the lowest in that time — we're talking 52 years — by a pretty wide margin. Only 1977-78, at 3.19 power plays each comes close. So it's fair to say that refs are letting a lot go to begin with. And as a result, the number of power play goals scored per team per game has slowly slumped as well (the blue line below), while there has been next to no change in teams' ability to score on power plays (the green line is league-wide power play percentage).

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 27, 2015 at 9:51 am



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Islanders-Capitals Preview (The Associated Press)

There's only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it's stood the test of time - lots and lots and lots of time - as one of the great games in postseason annals. The ''Easter Epic'' in 1987 between Washington and New York lasted long into the night before Pat LaFontaine finally won it for the Islanders in the fourth overtime, giving his team a 3-2 victory in the game and a 4-3 win in the first-round series. New York's Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in what is still the longest Game 7 in NHL history. Those two teams will play another Game 7 in Washington on Monday night - the first winner-take-all contest of this year's postseason.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 27, 2015 at 9:19 am



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Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories (The Associated Press)

There's only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it has stood the test of time - lots and lots and lots of time - as one of the great games in postseason annals. The ''Easter Epic'' in 1987 between Washington and New York lasted long into the night before Pat Lafontaine finally won it for the Islanders in the fourth overtime, giving his team a 3-2 victory in the game and a 4-3 win in the first-round series. New York's Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in what is still the longest Game 7 in NHL history. The Capitals and Islanders both finished the regular season with 101 points, and they've both found time to score 14 goals through the first six games of this series - when they haven't been busy trying to slam each other into the glass.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 27, 2015 at 2:18 am



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Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories (The Associated Press)

There's only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it's stood the test of time - lots and lots and lots of time - as one of the great games in postseason annals. The ''Easter Epic'' in 1987 between Washington and New York lasted long into the night before Pat Lafontaine finally won it for the Islanders in the fourth overtime, giving his team a 3-2 victory in the game and a 4-3 win in the first-round series. New York's Kelly Hrudey made 73 saves in what is still the longest Game 7 in NHL history. The Capitals and Islanders both finished the regular season with 101 points, and they've both found time to score 14 goals through the first six games of this series - when they haven't been busy trying to slam each other into the glass.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 26, 2015 at 7:21 pm



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NHL-Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League games: (Reuters)

(Adds late games) April 25 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's National Hockey League playoff games: - - - Flames 7, Canucks 4 Calgary center Matt Stajan made the first playoff goal of his 12-year career count as the Flames secured a series-clinching 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Stajan notched the winner at 15:43 of the third period and the Flames won the Western Conference playoff series 4-2 to set up a second round match-up against Anaheim. After erasing a 3-0 first-period deficit, the Flames were down 4-3 in the third period when right winger Jiri Hudler tied it up and set the scene for a wild finish. The Flames peppered Canucks goalie Ryan Miller before Stajan found a loose puck and fired home the winner.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 26, 2015 at 12:28 am



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NHL play-offs quarterfinal results (Reuters)

April 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NHL Play-offs Quarterfinal games on Saturday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 T Detroit 1 1 2 4 TAMPA BAY 0 0 0 0 (Detroit lead the best-of-seven series by 3-2) 1 2 3 T NY ISLANDERS 1 0 2 3 Washington 1 0 0 1 (The best-of-seven series is level at 3-3) 1 2 3 T CHICAGO 3 0 1 4 Nashville 3 0 0 3 (Chicago win the best-of-seven series by 4-2) 1 2 3 T CALGARY 1 2 4 7 Vancouver 3 1 0 4 (Calgary win the best-of-seven series by 4-2)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 26, 2015 at 12:22 am



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Islanders beat Capitals 3-1 to force Game 7 (The Associated Press)

Islanders captain John Tavares was still attempting to gather his bearings after being leveled in the corner, when he heard the familiar - and welcome - roar go up inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for what could be the last time. Sparked by Tavares' rush, Nikolay Kulemin scored the go-ahead goal with 9:27 left in a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday that forced a seventh game in the first-round playoff series. Now the two Metropolitan Division rivals who finished the season with 101 points each will meet Monday night in Washington to decide who advances to face the Presidents' Trophy-winning New York Rangers. The next objective is to advance to the second round and deliver at least two more home games before the Islanders make the 28-mile-move west to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm



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Islanders force Game 7 vs. Caps with 3-1 victory (Puck Daddy)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. —New York Islanders fans left Nassau Coliseum Saturday afternoon unsure if they’d be back, but happy they could hold their goodbyes for now. The Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to stave off elimination and force a Game 7 Monday night at Verizon Center. A loss would have meant not only the end of the Islanders’ season, but also Nassau Coliseum, their home for the past 43 years. Beginning with the 2015-16 season, New York will play their home games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. After both teams scored in the first period, the red light remained off until midway through the third when a wild sequence that began between the benches ended with what turned out to be the game-winning goal. Capitals and Islanders players started a scrum during a line change and it appeared as if the officials would stop play to sort things out. They didn’t, and Islanders captain John Tavares raced the puck into the Washington zone on a 2-on-3 with Nick Leddy.   “It was a war zone in front of the bench there,” said Tavares. “[I] just realized I had a lot of room and there was a lot more ice because of what was going on.” As Tavares tried to deke around Karl Alzner, the puck squirted to the corner where he was then drilled by Alex Ovechkin into the boards. Tavares laid hunched over on the ice as the puck rolled to Leddy on the sidewall. With the exchanging of pleasantries by the benches having ended, Nikolay Kulemin hopped on the ice during the change and went unmarked in the slot as Leddy made a heads-up pass: If you’re Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, this is not the type of defensive zone coverage you want to see in the third period of a tie game:

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm



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NHL play-offs quarterfinal results (Reuters)

April 25 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NHL Play-offs Quarterfinal games on Saturday (home team in CAPS) 1 2 3 T NY ISLANDERS 1 0 2 3 Washington 1 0 0 1 (The best-of-seven series is level at 3-3)

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - NHL - New York Islanders News on April 25, 2015 at 6:06 pm



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