The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season.
With a near capacity crowd at Nassau Coliseum chanting, ''We want playoffs,'' the Islanders maintained their poise after Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and went on beat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night.
The surging 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. New York (20-16-4) is four games over .500 for the first time since Feb. 20, 2008.
''Everyone is feeding off the energy, and we're excited,'' said Islanders center John Tavares, whose team-leading 24th goal made it 3-1 late. ''We're raising our game and getting b...