TORONTO, April 18 (UPI) -- Two goals from John Tavares, one of them the go-ahead tally late in the first period Thursday, helped rally the New York Islanders past Toronto 5-3.
The Islanders won their second straight and improved their playoff chances by staying three points in front of the New York Rangers for the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto, currently holding down the fifth spot in the conference, has lost two in a row.
Tavares delivered the only second-period goal and Frans Nielsen made it 5-2 midway through the third.