Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift the playoff-hopeful New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
The Islanders remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, tied with the New York Rangers, who hold the tiebreaker for seventh. Both teams lead the New Jersey Devils, who are below the postseason cutoff, by three points.
The Islanders are seeking their first postseason appearance since 2007.
Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal at 19:46 to make it 4-2 for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have five straight home wins against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in their last 12 at Nassau Coliseum versus the Lightning.
Richard Panik and Matt Carle had goals for the Lightning.
Martin netted the go-ahead goal when his soft wrist shot from between the circles fooled goal...