Nabokov Backstops Islanders to Win Against Flyers

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Nabokov Backstops Islanders to Win Against Flyers
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders moved a step closer to their first Stanley Cup Playoff berth since 2007 and pushed the Philadelphia Flyers closer to their first playoff-free season in six years. Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the Islanders defeated the Flyers 4-1 on Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. John Tavares added an insurance goal with 1:37 left, and Casey Cizikas hit the empty net 28 seconds later for the Islanders (20-16-4), who have 44 points. That's two more than the eighth-place New York Rangers, who have a game in hand, and the Winnipeg Jets -- and four ahead of the New Jersey Devils.

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