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3 likes and 3 dislikes for Isles in playoffs

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov eyes the puck during

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Three things we like about the Islanders heading into their first-round NHL playoff series against No. 1 Pittsburgh:

JOHN TAVARES

The Hart Trophy candidate had 10 goals in the final 17 games of the regular season and has the fire to succeed in his first playoff trip.

EVGENI NABOKOV

The 37-year-old goaltender has loads of playoff experience and has played his best hockey of...

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The Islanders' playoff history

The Islanders' Mike Bossy, a Hall of Famer,

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A snapshot of the Islanders' playoff history:

Appearances: 21

Record: 134-106

Stanley Cup Finals: 5

Championships: 4

1975: Defeated Rangers, 2-1, preliminary round; defeated Pittsburgh, 4-3, quarterfinals; lost to Philadelphia, 4-3, semifinals

1976: Defeated Vancouver, 2-0, preliminary round; defeated Buffalo, 4-2, quarterfinals; lost to Montreal, 4-1, semifinals

1977:...

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Eric Boulton: 'Teams worry about playing us'

Eric Boulton and Arron Asham trade punches during

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Eric Boulton may not make it into any of the Isles’ playoff games, but the 36-year-old enforcer was on the roster during the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup final last spring and knows what it takes to get there.

He also knows what it’s like to be part of a team that could surprise some people:

“Yeah -- I think a lot of teams worry about playing us. We don’t have a lot of experience,...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Brian Strait

Brian Strait of the Islanders carries the puck

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Brian Strait was a bit sour that the Penguins let him go on waivers in January; now, he’s looking to remind Pittsburgh that it made an error in letting the 25-year-old defenseman go.

Strait will be on the blue line with the Isles for this series and here’s what he thinks of the wild ride he’s had this season:

“Just thinking about it, it’s kind of fitting we’re playing the Penguins. When...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Matt Martin

Islanders left wing Matt Martin celebrates his score

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As one of the most popular Islanders, Matt Martin maybe doesn’t have the on-ice influence of some of his bigger-name teammates, but he’s about to lead the NHL in hits for a second straight season.

He’s also a locker-room leader, and here’s what he had to say about his first playoff trip in our "In Your Own Words" series:

“We’ve been through a lot as a group, been through some...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Josh Bailey

Josh Bailey of the Islanders is seen on

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Josh Bailey, like Kyle Okposo, has perhaps had the most up-and-down Isles career. He went straight to the NHL at 18, spent a couple weeks in the minors and now has become an integral part of what’s happening at the ripe old age of 23.

Here’s his “In Your Own Words” on the playoffs:

“It’s exciting and we’ve waited a long time. That being said, if you just get satisfied and happy about...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Frans Nielsen

Islanders' Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against Winnipeg

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Frans Nielsen has played the most games, 367 including tonight, of any of the core Islanders, so he is particularly pleased at the first playoff trip for him and his longtime teammates.

Here’s the 29-year-old center “In Your Own Words” on this season and what’s to come:

“It means a lot. We pretty much have had the same core the whole time and it’s been fun seeing the team grow and get...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Brad Boyes

Islanders center Brad Boyes brings the puck

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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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What the playoffs mean to me: Mark Streit

BUFFALO -- Mark Streit may be at the tail end of his Islanders career, and a two-year run as captain. He’s still unsigned beyond this season and it will take some compromise for the 35-year-old to remain an Islander.

Still, Streit -- who is sixth all-time in franchise scoring by a defenseman -- has been through the tough times. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” playoff thoughts:

“It’s really...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Kyle Okposo

Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo celebrates after he

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BUFFALO -- Kyle Okposo turned 25 last week, but his maturation process has unfolded before Islanders fans’ eyes for nearly five seasons. He has perhaps had the most high-and-low existence of any of the Isles’ core players, and his occasional dominance this year has vindicated both himself and his playoff-bound team. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about his first postseason:

“It means a lot....

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