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Afternoon jam: Been a long time for the Isles

An Island Away: The Islanders haven’t won a playoff series since 1993 and visit the Penguins tonight. According to Elias, the 18 seasons without a playoff series win for the Islanders is the third-longest in NHL history among teams with at least two series wins. The Coyotes franchise went 23 seasons from 1988-2011, and the Rangers went 20 seasons from 1951-70.

Conference Quarterfinals

5 Maple Leafs at 4 Bruins – Game 1 – 7 ET

* Bruins: 3-1-0 vs Maple Leafs during regular season

* Bruins: went 2-5-2 in final 9 games of regular season

* Bruins: 5-8 in previous 13 playoff series vs Maple Leafs (won last postseason meeting in 1974)

* Jaromir Jagr (BOS): active career leader in playoff goals (78), assists (111) & points (189)

* Maple Leafs: 1st playoff appearance since 2004 postseason

* Maple Leafs: winless in last 5 regular season games at Bruins (last road win vs BOS: Mar. 31, 2011)

* Maple Leafs: have not won Stanley Cup since 1966-67 season (longest active Cup drought)

8 Islanders at 1 Penguins – Game 1 – 7:30 ET

* Penguins: 4-1-0 vs Islanders during regular season

* Penguins: led NHL in goals during regular season (165)

* Sidney Crosby (PIT): has not played since suffering broken jaw in March 30 game vs Islanders (tied for 3rd in NHL in scoring during regular season with 56 points)

* Islanders: 1st playoff appearance since 2007 postseason, have not won a playoff series since 1993 postseason (Divisional Finals series win over Penguins)

* Islanders: have won all 3 previous playoff series vs Penguins (all series went full distance [2 best-of-7’s & 1 best-of-5])

* Islanders: 14-6-4 on road during regular season (vs 10-11-3 at home)

6 Sharks at 3 Canucks – Game 1 – 10:30 ET

* Sharks: won all 3 regular season meetings vs Canucks (1 win in shootout)

* Sharks: 9th straight playoff appearance (2nd-longest active streak in NHL)

* Sharks: went 1-3-0 in final 4 games of regular season

* Canucks: won only previous playoff series meeting vs Sharks in 2011

* Canucks: went 3-4-1 in final 7 games of regular season

* Canucks: 5th straight postseason appearance; longest streak for team since making 6 straight playoff appearances from 1990-91 through 1995-96