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First-round breakdown: Sabres vs. Islanders

Updated: April 9, 2007, 4:50 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Hats off to New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan, who somehow guided his team into the playoffs on the last afternoon of the regular season, in a shootout no less, with an AHL goaltender sporting a picture of Yoda on his mask.

The Islanders never quit even when it meant having to run the table, beating the Rangers, Toronto, Philadelphia and New Jersey in the last week. Their reward? The NHL's best team and Nolan's old squad, the Buffalo Sabres, who tied a 32-year-old franchise record with ...

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