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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Michael Grabner scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders took another step toward the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

The 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.

Penguins 5, Hurricanes 3: At Raleigh, N.C., Beau Bennett and Evgeni Malkin scored 13 seconds apart in the third period, and Pittsburgh clinched the Atlantic Division title by beating free-falling Carolina.

Blue Jackets 4, Sharks 0: At Columbus, Ohio, Sergei Bobrovsky earned his fourth NHL shutout – all in his last 15 games – and newcomer Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist, leading Columbus over San Jose.

Capital 3, Canadiens 2: At Montreal, Alex Ovechkin scored his 26th goal and Jack Hillen netted his first as Washington stretched its winning run to five games by beating Montreal.

Lightning 3, Senators 2: At Tampa, Fla., Steven Stamkos scored his 26th goal of the season in the third period, and Tampa Bay beat Ottawa.

Jets 4, Sabres 1: At Winnipeg, Manitoba, Aaron Gagnon scored his first NHL goal to help Winnipeg top Buffalo. Gagnon was playing in just his third game since he was called up from the AHL.

Blues 1, Predators 0: At Nashville, Tenn., Brian Elliott made 15 saves, and Alex Steen snapped a six-game goal drought to lead St. Louis over Nashville.

Stars 5, Kings 1: At Dallas, Ray Whitney and Vernon Fiddler both scored twice during Dallas’ four-goal third period, and the Stars broke open a tie game and routed Los Angeles.

Whitney snapped a 1-1 tie just 52 seconds into the third, and the Stars poured on the offense en route to their third straight win. The Stars moved into ninth place in the Western Conference, two points behind Detroit and the postseason cutoff.

Alex Goligoski also scored, and Trevor Daley added two assists for the Stars, who entered the night with the worst home record in the West. They improved to 9-9-2 at home.

Richard Bachman stopped all 22 shots he faced after replacing starter Kari Lehtonen 14:18 in. Lehtonen started his 19th straight game, but left because of a lower body injury after making seven saves and allowing one goal.

Drew Doughty scored for the Kings, who are 5-2-2 in their last nine games. Jonathan Quick made 26 saves.

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