Monday in the NHL | Islanders top Devils 4-1 to make playoffs

Read the game reports from Monday, April 15 in the NHL.

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Patrick Roy won his bet to lead the New York Islanders to the playoffs, less than three months after his hiring.

The Islanders secured their third place finish in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday in Newark.

This is the fifth time in six seasons that the Islanders have qualified for the playoffs.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau (11e) and Kyle Palmieri (29e) beat former Canadian goalie Jake Allen in just over four minutes in the first period to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead.

After a net from Timo Meier, his 28e of the season, early in the second period, Brock Nelson restored a two-goal lead to the Islanders thanks to his 33e of the campaign, halfway through the middle period.

In the third period, Kyle MacLean increased the Islanders’ cushion with his fourth of the season.

In this Islanders victory, Palmieri (1-1), Nelson (1-1), Anders Lee (0-2) and Pierre Engvall (0-2) all collected two points.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov faced 24 shots while the Islanders directed 18 pucks to Allen.

With one game left on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Islanders are 38-27-16 for 92 points.

In the first round, they will cross swords with the Carolina Hurricanes (52-22-7 -111 points), second in the Metropolitan section.

The Canadian Press

The Capitals defeat the Bruins 2-0


In Boston, the Bruins missed an opportunity to secure first place in the Atlantic Division following a 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals.

With a victory, the Bruins (47-19-15 -109 points) could not have been caught by the Florida Panthers, who remain one point behind the Bruins.

Tuesday night, the Bruins will host the Ottawa Senators with a second chance to rank first in their section while the Panthers (51-24-6 -108 points) will host the Toronto Maple Leafs, also on Tuesday.

John Carlson, in the first period, and Nic Dowd, in an empty net with 11.7 seconds left in regulation, scored the Capitals’ goals while goaltender Charlie Lindgren blocked all 16 pucks aimed his way.

In the loss, Jeremy Swayman made 24 saves.

If the Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, they will qualify for the playoffs, regardless of results in other games.

The Canadian Press

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