Grabner, Islanders sail past Panthers

8:56 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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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.

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