Islanders top Lightning 4-2, keep pace in East playoff race with 3rd straight home win

Saturday, 04.06.2013 / 9:45 PM The Canadian Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Matt Martin scored the go-ahead goal with less than seven minutes left in the third period and Evgeni Nabokov made 19 saves to lift the playoff-hopeful New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

The Islanders started the night in eighth place in the Eastern Conference and kept pace in their drive for their first post-season appearance since 2007.

Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey also scored, and Andrew MacDonald added an empty-net goal at 19:46 to make it 4-2 for New York, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The Islanders have five straight home wins against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in their last 12 at Nassau Coliseum versus the Lightning.

Richard Panik and Matt Carle had goals for the Lightning.

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