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Ryan Strome's four-point night leads surging Islanders past Jets 5-2

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WINNIPEG - Frans Nielsen scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the New York Islanders defeated the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Wednesday.

Ryan Strome had a goal and three assists for the Islanders (25-11-1), with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey also scoring for New York which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games. It was Strome's first career four-point game.

Captain Andrew Ladd scored twice for Winnipeg (19-12-7).

It was the first back-to-back losses for the Jets since late November. They lost 3-2 to Minnesota on Monday.

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves for the win. Ondrej Pavelec, who started for the first time since rookie Michael Hutchinson got the call in net for the previous three games, stopped 28 shots.

Strome scored his seventh goal of the season midway through the first period off a weird bounce in traffic around the net.

After the puck went high in the air to the right of Pavelec, Jets defenceman Adam Pardy tried to bat it away and it dropped to the ice and hit Lee and then Strome before going into the net at 10:04.

Nielsen made it 2-0 with a goal scored 16 seconds into a 30-second, two-man advantage late in the period.

As Johnny Boychuk fired a one-timer toward the net, his stick broke and the puck went across to Nielsen at the right side of the net, whose high shot went in at 18:16.

Ladd scored one second after a New York penalty expired off a Blake Wheeler pass from behind the net at 4:41. Wheeler extended his points streak to four games with two goals and three assists.

Nielsen did the bulk of the work for his second goal of the game and eighth of the season following a Winnipeg turnover.

After skating down the boards with the puck, Nielsen made a drop pass to Strome and then went across to the faceoff circle. Strome sent him the puck and he fired it by Pavelec at 15:27 for a 3-1 lead.

Ladd used a third period man advantage to score his 14th goal of the season 47 seconds into the period off a pass from Mathieu Perreault to the slot.

Bryan Little assisted on the goal to extend his points streak to five games with two goals and four assists.

Lee scored his ninth goal of the season at 11:35 of the third after the puck bounced off a couple of Jets players during a scramble at the corner of the net.

Bailey scored into the empty net at 19:28.

The Jets continue their four-game homestand Saturday against Toronto.

It was the first game of a seven-game road trip for the Islanders, who play in Calgary on Saturday.

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