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With Playoff Hopes Dwindling, the Isles Lose Another Heartbreaker

New York, NY- After suffering a heartbreaking loss Saturday night at the Coliseum the Islanders entered the Garden last with their hopes of making the playoffs almost in shreds. Although the playoffs are looking almost out of reach, a win last night, against the Rangers, could have spun the Islanders' momentum back in their favor and kept them within nine points of the final seed. (Photo Credit: AP/Kathy Kmonicek)

The game started off as what seemed would be a defensive battle, the teams combined for three shots in the first five minutes of play. The Rangers would eventually go on to out shoot the Islanders 11-5 in the period but that would not reflect on the scoreboard. Just 2:!4 into the game the Ranger-Islander rivalry lived up to its hype as the Rangers' Stu Bickel and the Islanders' Michael Haley squared off at center ice and had a go.

Introduction

Hello The Checking Line readers, my name is Shane Blackburn and I am the newest writer for The Checking Line- Isles Edition. Hockey has always been a large part of my life, I began playing at the age of five and stopped playing, competitively, at eighteen playing at the junior level. Currently I am still very involved in hockey as the coach of a local, Staten Island, high school varsity team and I plan on taking the officiating seminar and test this coming season.

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