TORONTO — John Tavares had two goals and an assist as the Islanders rallied past the Maple Leafs 5-3 Thursday.
The Islanders overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win the first of five straight road games they will play to end the regular season and improved to 13-5-2 away from home for the season.
New York moved even closer to its first playoff berth since 2007 and moved within two points of Toronto for fifth in the East.
Toronto will have to wait to clinch its first playoff berth since 2004. The Leafs could have ended their postseason drought with a win over the Islanders and a Carolina victory over Winnipeg. Instead, they dropped to 13-8-2 at home with a second straight loss.
Brad Boyes, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen also scored for New York.
Cody Franson, Joffrey Lupul and Dion Phaneuf scored for the Maple Leafs, who were outshot 38-21. Phil Kessel, appearing in his 500th career game, had three assists for them.
The Islanders controlled an eventful first, outshooting Toronto 19-5, but they needed a late surge to erase a 2-0 deficit. Moulson's power-play goal, his 15th, with 4:57 left tied it before Tavares gave New York a 3-2 lead 2:11 later.
Tavares fired a shot on a two-on-one break that Leafs goalie James Reimer got a piece of but couldn't keep out for his 25th goal of the season.
Boyes converted Tavares' centering pass for his ninth goal 9:07 into the game that cut Toronto's lead to 2-1.
It was more of the same in the second as the Islanders held a 15-5 edge in shots and scored the lone goal.
Caps' win streak ends: Kyle Turris scored twice, including an empty-netter, as the Senators beat the Capitals 3-1 and ended their win streak at eight. Former Lightning wing Cory Conacher scored the go-ahead goal in the second for Ottawa, which won its fourth in a row and outshot Washington 38-19.
Game highlights: Mats Zuccarello scored twice as the host Rangers beat the Panthers 6-1 to hold onto the No. 8 spot in the East. Henrik Lundqvist made 34 saves to reach 20 wins for the eighth consecutive season for New York, which is 6-2-1 over its past nine games. … Martin Brodeur stopped 23 shots for his 121st shutout to keep the visiting Devils' slim playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win over the Flyers. Ryan Carter, Matt D'Agostini and Adam Henrique scored as New Jersey ended a 10-game skid (0-6-4).
Around the league: Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery will be unavailable tonight with a lower-body injury and is day-to-day. … Rangers center Brian Boyle sat against the Panthers with a right leg injury and is expected to sit out at least two more games. … Kings defenseman Matt Greene, a major contributor to last season's Stanley Cup run but out since hurting his back on opening night, was activated from injured reserve.
First Period—1, Toronto, Lupul 9 (Kessel, Gardiner), 5:05. 2, Toronto, Franson 4 (Bozak, Kessel), 6:41 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Boyes 9 (Tavares, Visnovsky), 9:07. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 15 (Boyes, Visnovsky), 15:03 (pp). 5, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 25 (Moulson, MacDonald), 17:24. Penalties—Fraser, Tor (tripping), 1:26; Franson, Tor (boarding), 1:58; Carkner, NYI (interference), 5:28; Carkner, NYI, major (fighting), 7:44; McLaren, Tor, major (fighting), 7:44; Boulton, NYI, major (fighting), 7:48; Orr, Tor, major (fighting), 7:48; Hamonic, NYI (holding), 11:04; van Riemsdyk, Tor (high-sticking), 11:15; Komarov, Tor (boarding), 14:29.
Second Period—6, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 26 (Boyes, Streit), 14:40. Penalties—None.
Third Period—7, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 5 (Okposo), 10:22. 8, Toronto, Phaneuf 9 (Kessel, Gardiner), 19:33 (pp). Penalties—Phaneuf, Tor (high-sticking), 10:55; Boulton, NYI (roughing), 18:34; Nabokov, NYI, served by Grabner (delay of game), 18:53. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Islanders 19-15-4—38. Toronto 5-5-11—21. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Islanders 1 of 5; Toronto 2 of 4. Goalies—N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 22-11-5 (21 shots-18 saves). Toronto, Reimer 17-6-5 (38-33).
First Period—None. Penalties—Ribeiro, Was (boarding), 3:13; Green, Was (tripping), 6:22.
Second Period—1, Ottawa, Turris 9 (Michalek, Phillips), 1:15. 2, Washington, Ribeiro 13 (Erat, Hillen), 11:14. 3, Ottawa, Conacher 11, 13:26. Penalties—Condra, Ott (goaltender interference), 4:27.
Third Period—4, Ottawa, Turris 10 (Phillips, Greening), 18:33 (en). Penalties—Phillips, Ott (tripping), :59; Ribeiro, Was (interference), 8:43; Turris, Ott (holding stick), 9:03. Shots on Goal—Washington 4-8-7—19. Ottawa 11-16-11—38. Power-play opportunities—Washington 0 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 3. Goalies—Washington, Holtby 20-12-1 (37 shots-35 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 11-6-2 (19-18).
First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 9 (R.Nash, Callahan), 3:05 (pp). 2, N.Y. Rangers, R.Nash 18 (Callahan, Stepan), 9:10 (pp). 3, Florida, Huberdeau 14 (Matthias, Brennan), 15:17. Penalties—Gudbranson, Fla (concealing puck), 2:23; Kulikov, Fla (hooking), 8:32.
Second Period—4, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 2 (Clowe), 16:34. Penalties—Rallo, Fla (interference), :27; Kulikov, Fla (interference), 4:02; Zuccarello, NYR (tripping), 9:56.
Third Period—5, N.Y. Rangers, Zuccarello 3 (Richards), 15:11. 6, N.Y. Rangers, Brassard 10 (Del Zotto, R.Nash), 16:35. 7, N.Y. Rangers, Richards 7 (Pyatt, McDonagh), 18:36. Penalties—Skille, Fla, major (fighting), 4:39; Moore, NYR, major (fighting), 4:39. Shots on Goal—Florida 12-11-12—35. N.Y. Rangers 11-11-8—30. Power-play opportunities—Florida 0 of 1; N.Y. Rangers 2 of 4. Goalies—Florida, Clemmensen 3-7-2 (30 shots-24 saves). N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist 20-15-3 (35-34).
First Period—None. Penalties—Voracek, Phi (holding), 16:27.
Second Period—1, New Jersey, Carter 5 (Gionta), 5:36. Penalties—B.Schenn, Phi (tripping), 11:07; Tallinder, NJ (holding), 14:16; Henrique, NJ (slashing), 20:00; Simmonds, Phi (roughing), 20:00.
Third Period—2, New Jersey, D'Agostini 3 (Josefson), 14:10. 3, New Jersey, Henrique 11 (Zubrus, Zajac), 18:47 (en). Penalties—Zidlicky, NJ (cross-checking), 2:28; Clarkson, NJ, major (fighting), 2:28; Lauridsen, Phi, major (fighting), 2:28; Simmonds, Phi (slashing), 8:13; Simmonds, Phi (slashing), 20:00. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 6-14-11—31. Philadelphia 9-7-7—23. Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 0 of 3; Philadelphia 0 of 2. Goalies—New Jersey, Brodeur 11-8-7 (23 shots-23 saves). Philadelphia, Bryzgalov 18-17-3 (30-28).