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The Isles Need To Continue Re-Signing Veterans Beyond This Season

As reported previously this week, the New York Islanders locked up defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky with a two-year contract extension worth $9.5 million.

GM Garth Snow has once again managed to acquire a valuable veteran through the trade market and convince him to stay longer than planned after he previously tried to avoid joining the team (Photo Credit: Robert Kowal/Flickr).

The first player that went through a similar scenario was goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who is also playing in the final year of his contract. However, it has already been reported by Arthur Staple of Newsday that he appears to have an interest with staying with the team.

Pittsburgh Earns Record Win As Islanders Squander Opportunities

The victory, Pittsburgh's 15th straight, was also a record night in another way: the Pens have extended their club record shutout streak. The Pens shutout streak now extends over 208 minutes as Pittsburgh has won the last three by shutout.

Pens netminder Tomas Vokoun has extended his personal best shutout streak to just shy of 163 minutes.

The game could have went another way though.

Playing With Hart: Flyers Get A Spark From Hartnell In Loss

Being in the right place at the right time finally paid off for Scott Hartnell this season.

Hartnell made that his living last season when he scored a team-high 37 goals. This year, he has four goals in 17 games, and had only one in the 11 games leading into last night.

Last night, Hartnell scored twice, including the game-tying goal with 30 seconds left in the Flyers 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Islanders. He even dropped the mitts with Colin McDonald, who also had two of New York's goals.

(Pictured: Scott Hartnell is stopped by Evgeni Nabokov in the 3rd period. AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Flyers Can't Hold Lead; Lose to Islanders In Shoot-Out

Failure to hold a lead once again did the Flyers in.

The Flyers blew a 2-0 lead in the final 21 minutes of the game to drop their fourth straight, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Though the Flyers managed to tie the game in the final minute of play, they overall blew an opportunity at two important points.

"I think once they came out, they had some power plays early, we gave them two power plays early and we gave them a little zone time, they scored a goal," head coach Peter Laviolette said. "It seemed like we stopped playing, but we stopped pressing offensively like we had been. It was like we were trying to defend that lead as opposed to getting the next goal."

(Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

GAME RE-CAP NY Islanders 3 - Washington Capitals 2

The Islanders opened up their four game road trip with a big win against the Capitals in D.C. This victory put them, if only temporarily, tied for the last playoff spot. They played with desperation, taking the play to the Capitals immediately.

Around the four minute mark, Marty Reasoner, standing alone in front misses a point blank shot. The Isles kept up the pressure and at 6:25 of the first Grabner nets a beauty on a nice play from Keith Aucoin. Isles 1 Caps 0

GAME RE-CAP Penguins 4-Isles 2 at The Coliseum

NY Islanders Lose To Pittsburgh Penguins, in Another Frustrating Home Game

Islanders Look For A Reversal Of Fortune Tonight Against The Penguins

The Islanders will be looking for a better outcome when they play host to division rival Pittsburgh tonight at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Penguins come to town winners of ten straight games, including a complete destruction of the Isles the last time these two teams met; a March 10th contest in Pittsburgh.

Isles 5-3 Loss A Result Of Four Goal Period For The Senators

The New York Islanders controlled about forty minutes of hockey tonight against the visiting Ottawa Senators but surrendered four unanswered goals in the final period of the game to lose 5-3 in regulation.

Matt Kassian would get the scoring started with a redirection just 6:23 into the first period after Sergei Gonchar let go of a wrister from the point to give the Sens the early lead, but Keith Aucoin would answer with his fifth goal of the year just before the end of the period.

Kyle Okposo made a nice spin around pass from behind the Sens net to find Aucoin to bury the puck through Ben Bishop's five hole. Josh Bailey had the secondary assist.

Despite the tie score, the Islanders created several turnovers in the Senators end of the ice - most notably during shifts from the Okposo-Nielsen-Bailey line.

Islanders Hold Off Panthers, End Road Trip 2-1

Once again, the Islanders made it dramatic before pulling off the victory Saturday in Sunrise.

The Isles came to the greater Miami area to play the Florida Panthers after shutting out Tampa Bay 2-0 behind strong defensive play. Could they continue that trend against Florida?

Pre-Game NY Islanders VS. Florida Panthers

Pre-Game NY Islanders vs. Florida Panthers (Photo:Niwreig/flickr)