N.Y. Islanders forward Richard Zednik returns for playoff opener

Author:
Publish date:

Acquired in February in a trade with Washington, Zednik had a goal and two assists in 10 games with the Islanders. He finished with seven goals and 21 points in 42 games this season.

The Islanders also welcomed back defenceman Bruno Gervais, who missed 24 games with ankle injuries. He had six assists in 51 games.

New York, which clinched the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff berth with a 3-2 shootout win over New Jersey on Sunday, was still minus numerous regulars, including goaltender Rick DiPietro (concussion), Shawn Bates (sports hernia) and Chris Simon (suspension).

TOP HEADLINES

Walter
Play

Maple Leafs mourn the loss of Walter Gretzky

News of the passing of Canada's hockey dad broke midway through the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday. Sheldon Keefe and John Tavares were among those who sent condolences to the family.

USATSI_15654914_168393426_lowres
Play

The Edmonton Oilers Just Got a Wake-up Call

Losing three straight to the Maple Leafs has the North Division rival taking stock - but all is not lost.

USATSI_15664882_168393428_lowres

$5,000 Fine Is the Best Money Alex Ovechkin Has Ever Spent

The Capitals' superstar had every right to be upset over the antics of fourth-liner Trent Frederic, but that doesn't mean he didn't deserve a one-game suspension for his spearing infraction.