by Warren Morgano


1st place in the Eastern Conference still is a mathematical possibility for the Penguins. However 5th place has become a more present danger after being swept by the Islanders in a home-and-home series which included yesterdays 5-3 loss at Nassau Coliseum. The past two sloppy performances which have led to two consecutive loses to the Islanders have cost the Penguins any realistic hope they had of stealing the top seed in the conference from the Rangers and have put them in position of slipping into 5th place behind hated Philadelphia, which would give the Flyers home-ice advantage if the teams meet in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins own a two-point lead on the Flyers. Both teams have five games remaining and 2 of those will be played at Consol Energy Center, where the Flyers own an all-time record…

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