UNIONDALE, N.Y., April 5 (UPI) -- Jason Blake scored the go-ahead goal 3:46 into the third period as the New York Islanders beat Toronto, 5-2, Thursday, to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Ryan Smyth scored his 36th goal of the season to give New York a 1-0 lead in the first period. The score was 2-1 after Toronto's Johnny Pohl and New York's Mike Sillinger (power play) exchanged second-period goals.
In the third, Toronto knotted the score at 2-2 on a goal at 2:12 by Carlo Colaiacovo -- before goals by Blake, Arron Asham and Miroslav Satan (empty net) made sure the Islanders broke a three-game losing streak.
Tom Poti had three assists, and Wade Dubielewicz made 28 saves on 30 shots for the Islanders, who moved within two points of eighth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference playoff race.