(SportsNetwork.com) - Due to Boston's loss to Florida on Thursday, the New York Islanders clinched a playoff spot.

The Islanders had Thursday off, but were able to grab a playoff berth after the Panthers downed the Bruins, 4-2.

It's just the third time in the past 10 seasons that the Islanders will skate in the postseason, and the team currently sits in third place in the Metropolitan Division.