The New York Islanders' division championship drought was extended to 30 seasons Thursday night. But the Islanders can finally end another epic drought Saturday night, when they visit the Washington Capitals in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Each squad was off Friday following pivotal 2-1 wins Thursday, when the Islanders edged the host Florida Panthers in the shootout and the Capitals beat the visiting Montreal Canadiens in regulation.
The win by the Capitals (48-25-8) locked up their fourth straight Metropolitan Division championship and brought an end to one decades-long pursuit for the Islanders (47-27-7), who needed Washington to lose to have a chance to win the division Saturday night.
The Islanders have not won a division crown since they won the Patrick Division in 1987-88, when the NHL only had 21 teams. Among the 98 teams in the four major North American pro sports leagues, only the NHL's Edmonton Oilers have a longer division championship drought. The Oilers haven't won a division since the 1986-87 season, when they finished atop the Smythe Division. >> Read More
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