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Islanders pull away for 5-2 victory over Jets, move to No. 8 spot in East

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Islanders pull away for 5-2 victory over Jets, move to No. 8 spot in East

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Frans Nielsen scored the go-ahead goal and Kevin Poulin made 23 saves for his first win of the season and the New York Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Tuesday.

With the victory, the Islanders moved past the idle New York Rangers into the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

The Islanders (18-16-3) have 11 games remaining while the Rangers have 13.

Both the Islanders and New Jersey Devils have 39 points. The Rangers have 37.

Nielsen's power-play goal at 19:32 of the second period came when a rebound of a Mark Streit slap shot ricocheted to him in the right circle. Nielsen fired the puck past Ondrej Pavelec for this fourth of the season.

Matt Moulson added his 12th of the season at the 18:00 mark of the third. And John Tavares scored his team-leading 23rd of the season into an empty net with 36 seconds left.

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