The New York Islanders kept their playoff hopes alive with a win at home over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
The Islanders opened the scoring at 14:45 of the first period on a goal by Michael Grabner assisted by John Tavares and would take that lead into the locker room at the end of the first period.
The Lightning would tie the game on a goal by Richard Panik at 4:44 of the second period assisted by Vincent Lecavalier and Mat Carle but the islanders would once again take the lead at 8:22 when Josh Bailey would score his 7th goal of the season assisted by Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen to take a 2-1 lead. The Islanders once again would end the period with a one goal lead and would start the third period up 2-1.
Tampa would then score first in the third period at the 4:00 mark as Carle would score his fourth of the year assisted by Steven Stamkos and Benoit Pouliot to once again tie the game at two goals apiece.
The Islanders Matt Martin would score what proved to be the game winner at 13:34 of the third, his third goal of the year assisted by Anders Lee and Mark Streit.
The Islanders added an open net goal by Andrew MacDonald at 19:46. It was his 3rd of the year, assisted by Josh Bailey, and the game ended with the Isles up 4-2.
Isles netminder Evgeni Nabakov made 19 saves for the victory; Lightning goalie Ben Bishop stopped 27 shots in the loss.