Isles improve playoff chances, dim Flyers' hopes
Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders took another step toward the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.
The Islanders won for the seventh time in nine games and moved two points ahead of the idle Rangers into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia is 12th in the East, five points behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff.
New York has been tied or ahead in the third period in 34 of 40 games but won for only the second time when scoring two goals or fewer (2-14-2). The Islanders are 18-2-2 when they score at least three.
Jakub Voracek gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the first period.
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