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New York Islanders clinch final playoff spot with 3-2 shootout win

They clinched the final post-season berth in the Eastern Conference with a dramatic 3-2 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils today at East Rutherford.

The victory – in which they wasted a two-goal lead and gave up the tying goal with less than a second left in regulation – eliminates the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Wade Dubielewicz stopped the last two penalty shots for the Islanders, who finish with 92 points, one more than Toronto.

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New York looked to have the game in hand after a pair of Richard Park goals put them up 2-0.

But John Madden scored twice in the final five minutes to set up the dramatic finish.