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Islanders move two points closer to playoffs

Shootout win vs. Hurricanes bolsters lead for first wild card in East

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Okposo beats Ward in shootout

CAR@NYI: Okposo slips it past Ward

3/29/16: Kyle Okposo uses a nifty forehand move to beat Cam Ward in the shootout

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NEW YORK -- That sound you heard Tuesday at Barclays Center was the New York Islanders breathing a collective sigh of relief.

In need of points to secure a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders overcame a sluggish start when Anders Lee scored 12:08 into the third period before Kyle Okposo got the only goal in the shootout for a 2-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Islanders depending on Greiss to bounce back

New York goalie to face Carolina with 1-5-1 record in past seven games

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

HURRICANES (33-28-15) at ISLANDERS (40-25-9)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; FS-CR, MSG+, NHL.TV

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss was arguably their most valuable player over the first half of their season. But now they need him more than ever.

Greiss, who is 1-5-1 over his past seven games and has lost four in a row, will get the start when the Islanders host the Carolina Hurricanes at Barclays Center on Tuesday. After allowing six goals on 41 shots in a 7-4 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday, Greiss is excited for the opportunity to respond.

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