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New York Islanders chase playoffs with victory over Philadelphia Flyers

UNIONDALE, New York -- 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 (17-19-3) is 12th in the East, five points behind the Rangers and the postseason cutoff.

The Islanders, who won just two of their first 11 home games this season, have four consecutive wins at Nassau Coliseum.

John Tavares and Casey Cizikas — into an empty net — scored 28 seconds apart in the final two minutes to put New York ahead 4-1.

Jakub Voracek gave the Flyers a 1-0 lead in the first period.

Penguins 5, Hurricanes 3 Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period, and Pittsburgh clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating free-falling Carolina.

Brenden Morrow scored his first goal with the Penguins, Robert Bortuzzo added a goal, and Pascal Dupuis had an empty-netter and two assists.

Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves for Penguins, who were without a handful of regulars — including captain Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Kris Letang — but still handed the Hurricanes their club-record eighth straight home loss.

Joe Corvo and Bobby Sanguinetti scored early goals for the Hurricanes, and Riley Nash put them ahead 3-2 at 2:00 of the third.

Justin Peters made 28 saves for Carolina, which lost its sixth straight and for the 13th time in 14 games.

Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 0 Sergei Bobrovsky earned his fourth NHL shutout — all in his last 15 games — and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist, leading Columbus over San Jose.

Matt Calvert, James Wisniewski and Ryan Johansen also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost their previous two games.

Bobrovsky, who didn't have a shutout in his first 98 NHL appearances, made 30 saves, including stopping Patrick Marleau's point-blank wrister in the third period and Dan Boyle's hard, power-play slap shot in the second.

The Blue Jackets have gotten points in 17 of their last 21 games (12-4-5). They had a four-game home winning streak ended Sunday night by Minnesota, 3-0. That defeat also snapped a club-record 12-game points streak at home (9-0-3).

Other games on Tuesday:

Stars 5, Kings 1

Jets 4, Sabres 1

Capitals 3, Canadiens 2

Blues 1, Predators 0

Lightning 3, Senators 2

Blackhawks 1, Wild 0

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New York Islanders center Keith Aucoin raises his arms to celebrate a goal by Michael Grabner #40 as Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason #35 looks down during the second period of an NHL game in Uniondale, New York, Tuesday, April 9. (AP)

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