Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Michael Grabner scored a pair of goals and the New York Islanders moved another step closer towards earning a postseason berth after coming through with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers at Nassau Coliseum.
Mark Streit added a goal and an assist and Evgeni Nabokov recorded 26 saves to help the Islanders notch a point for an eighth consecutive game (6-0-2) and move three points ahead of the crosstown rival Rangers for the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed with five games remaining in the regular season.
New York, which hasn't made the playoffs since the 2006-07 season, also received goals from Matt Moulson and Radek Martinek in dealing the lowly Panthers a third straight defeat.
Marcel Goc finished with a goal and an assist and Dmitry Kulikov netted a power-play tally for Florida. Jacob Markstrom stopped just 13-of-18 shots before being removed early in the second period in favor of Scott Clemmensen, who turned back all 13 chances he faced.