Islanders jump back into Wild Card spot with 4-2 win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Noah Dobson scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and the New York Islanders stayed alive in their quest for the final Eastern Conference wild-card spot with a 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

Pierre Engvall and Bo Horvat scored first-period goals, and Ilya Sorokin stopped 25 shots for the Islanders, who have won three straight and jumped over the Washington Capitals — 4-1 losers to Pittsburgh on Thursday — and Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff slot with six games left.

The win pulled New York even on points with the Philadelphia Flyers for third in the Metropolitan Division.

Kirill Marchenko had a goal and an assist, and Dmitri Voronkov also scored for Columbus, which had won its last two. Daniil Tarasov stopped 13 shots before leaving game with 2:07 left in the first period after a collision by the net. Jet Greaves made 24 stops in relief.

The Islanders swept the season series with Columbus, which has already been eliminated from playoff contention.

Engvall slipped the puck past Tarasov with six seconds left on a power play to open the scoring at 7:53 of the first period. Columbus responded with its own power-play goal, when Voronkov tipped in Marchenko’s rebound at 9:45.

Horvat gave New York the lead with a one-timer from the right circle off a feed from Mathew Barzal. His 31st score of the season extended his goal streak to three games.

Marchenko pulled Columbus even with the help of Sorokin, bouncing the puck off the goalie’s facemask and into the net at 17:22, and extending his goal streak to three games.

Dobson put the Islanders up 3-2 at 17:22 of the third and Kyle Palmieri added the empty-netter with 38 seconds remaining.


Islanders: Host Nashville Saturday night

Blue Jackets: Host Philadelphia Saturday night