Islanders In, Leafs Out
Sunday, April 8th 2007, 2:49 pm
News On 6
UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Islanders became the last team to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday afternoon, thanks in part to a third-string goaltender and a fourth-line forward.
Wade Dubielewicz stopped New Jersey's final 2-shootout attempts to give the Islanders a 3-2 win over the Devils. He made a poke save on Sergei Brylin during the Devils' final shootout attempt to clinch the Islanders' fourth straight victory and a trip to Buffalo for the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.
The Isles were less than 1-second away from a 2-1 victory, thanks to a pair of goals by fourth-liner Richard Park. But the Devils forced overtime when John Madden notched his second goal of the afternoon just before the final buzzer.
Miroslav Satan and Viktor Kozlov scored shootout goals for the Islanders.
A New Jersey victory would have put the Toronto Maple Leafs into the playoffs.
Like the Devils, several teams used Sunday's schedule as a playoff tune-up.
Dallas beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Mike Modano's go-ahead goal with 3:49 remaining. The Stars finished 6th in the West with 107 points by going 12-2-2 over their final 16 games.
Buffalo concluded its successful season by dropping a 4-3 decision at Philadelphia. Mike Knuble and Mike Richards scored 3rd-period goals as the Flyers prevented the Sabres from setting a team record for points in a season.
Vancouver was a 3-1 loser to Phoenix as the Canucks tuned up for their Western Conference quarterfinal series against Dallas. Jeremy Roenick had a goal and an assist in what might have been his final NHL game.