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Nabokov, Islanders hand playoff-hopeful Blue Jackets damaging 2-0 loss

Sunday, 03.23.2014 / 3:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nabokov, Islanders hand playoff-hopeful Blue Jackets damaging 2-0 loss

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout, and Travis Hamonic scored a coast-to-coast, power-play goal in the second period as the New York Islanders dealt the Blue Jackets' playoff hopes a severe blow by beating Columbus 2-0 Sunday.

Nabokov got the best of Russian counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky in their third meeting this season and posted his third shutout in this campaign. It was just the Islanders' second regulation win ever over the Blue Jackets.

Columbus, which has dropped to fifth in the Metropolitan Division, has fallen out of an Eastern Conference playoff position with 11 games left. The Blue Jackets lost their second straight game and for the third time in four. This one was particularly costly as the Islanders are far out of post-season contention.

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