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Islanders advance for second time in 26 years


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The Islanders celebrate Josh Bailey's empty net goal. -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

The Islanders are moving on.

After completing the series sweep of the Penguins on Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena, the Islanders have won their second playoff series in 26 years.

The Islanders outscored the Penguins 14-6 in the series, limiting the Penguins to one goal in each of the final three games. Barry Trotz believes the series was much closer than the numbers may show.

"Our group was very focused on playing the right way," Trotz said after his team's win. "We knew that we had a tremendous team that we were playing against. And the series, at the end of the day, it's 4-0. But to me, there wasn't much separation. We got a couple of breaks here or there, goaltender made a timely save, we were able to respond right after a goal and didn't allow them to carry momentum for long periods of time. To me, that was pretty key for us. If this was Game 7, I wouldn't be surprised."

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