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What the playoffs mean to me: Brad Boyes

Islanders center Brad Boyes brings the puck

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

BUFFALO -- Brad Boyes came to the Isles on a one-year, $1-million contract to prove he can still produce in the NHL.

With 35 points on the top line, he’s done that, and now he gets back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010-11 with the Sabres. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about making the playoffs:

“It’s huge. I think coming here, with the history of the team, I didn’t really...

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16 Islanders on verge of first NHL playoff experience

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

(Credit: AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night, and we’ve discussed over and over how it would be the first appearance for the long list of homegrown players on this roster.

Of the 27 Isles currently on the roster, 16 would be in an NHL postseason for the first time. That includes John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and the other obvious ones.

But...

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Boyes brings shootout success

In 2011-2012, almost 15 percent of all NHL games were decided by the shootout, accounting for 181 extra points in the league standings. The Islanders, who went 7-4 in shootouts last season, bolstered their already-strong shootout effort by signing Brad Boyes to a 1-year contract.   In his prime, Boyes was a formidable offensive threat, scoring 43 goals and 65 points with St. Louis in 2007-2008,...

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