Complete – March 31, 2016 – 7:00 PM ET – Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York – Attendance: 13,857 – Duration: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes
Linesman #84 Tony Sericolo
Linesman #54 Greg Devorski
Referee #46 Francis Charron
Referee #18 Greg Kimmerly
Skater Stats
LWBrandon Saad41010-1016:29
LWNick Foligno300000016:06
LWSonny Milano10000-1013:26
LWScott Hartnell200000213:08
LWMatt Calvert000000012:58
CBoone Jenner211000017:48
CBrandon Dubinsky31000-1016:57
CAlexander Wennberg20100-1016:28
CWilliam Karlsson200001012:38
CGregory Campbell000000011:09
RWCam Atkinson101000018:03
RWOliver Bjorkstrand100000015:34
RWDavid Clarkson00000000:00
RWJared Boll00000000:00
RWRene Bourque00000000:00
DSeth Jones100000025:27
DRyan Murray100001023:52
DDavid Savard10100-1222:37
DDalton Prout00000-1716:42
DCody Goloubef000000014:44
DDean Kukan00000-1014:22
DJustin Falk00000000:00
DFedor Tyutin00000000:00
Skater Stats
LWNikolay Kulemin001001015:50
LWBrock Nelson100000014:46
LWAnders Lee310100513:01
LWMatt Martin000000411:27
LWEric Boulton00000000:00
CFrans Nielsen102000018:10
CJohn Tavares620001018:01
CShane Prince000000012:57
CCasey Cizikas200000212:54
CMikhail Grabovski00000000:00
RWKyle Okposo301000017:37
RWJosh Bailey001000014:38
RWRyan Strome101001014:31
RWCal Clutterbuck300000012:19
RWSteve Bernier00000000:00
DCalvin de Haan200000028:33
DNick Leddy100000023:45
DJohnny Boychuk30100-2022:35
DThomas Hickey110002220:56
DBrian Strait001002019:36
DTravis Hamonic00000002:56
DRyan Pulock00000000:00
DMarek Zidlicky00000000:00
Goalie Stats
GSergei Bobrovsky2742385.1958:23
GCurtis McElhinney00000:00
GJoonas Korpisalo00000:00
Goalie Stats
GThomas Greiss2432187.5060:00
GJaroslav Halak00000:00
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Period 1
Goal scored by Brandon Dubinsky
Assisted by: Boone Jenner
Goal scored by John Tavares
Assisted by: Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey
Goal scored by Thomas Hickey
Assisted by: Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen
Goal scored by John Tavares
Assisted by: Nikolay Kulemin and Brian Strait
Penalty on Dalton Prout: 5 minutes for Fighting
Penalty on Anders Lee: 5 minutes for Fighting
Penalty on Dalton Prout: 2 minutes for High sticking
Period 2
Penalty on Casey Cizikas: 2 minutes for Tripping
Penalty on Scott Hartnell: 2 minutes for Roughing
Penalty on Matt Martin: 2 minutes for Interference
Penalty on Matt Martin: 2 minutes for Roughing
Goal scored by Brandon Saad (Power Play)
Period 3
Goal scored by Boone Jenner
Assisted by: Cam Atkinson
Penalty on David Savard: 2 minutes for Tripping
Goal scored by Anders Lee (Power Play)
Assisted by: Johnny Boychuk and Frans Nielsen
Penalty on Thomas Hickey: 2 minutes for Tripping
Islanders grind out another one-goal victory

NEW YORK — Now that a three-game stretch against a pair of non-contenders is over, the New York Islanders can shed the one-day-at-a-time cliches and admit the obvious: They knew they needed to collect six points in the three games.

The Islanders achieved the objective Thursday in what has become a routinely white-knuckle fashion when center Anders Lee scored the game-winning goal early in the third period of a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center.

“Can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” Lee said. “But at this point of the season, these are games that we need to win.”

Three straight come-from-behind, one-goal wins over Metropolitan Division also-rans — the Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in overtime Saturday and 2-1 in a shootout Tuesday — has helped New York (42-25-9) cement its grip on the top wild card in the Eastern Conference and gain ground in the race for a top-three finish in the Metropolitan.

“Looking back, I think it’s good that we did get those points, because standings-wise, I guess you should win those games,” said defenseman Thomas Hickey, who scored the Islanders’ second goal in the first period. “But it’s game by game right now. Really is. You can’t underestimate anyone or disrespect anyone.”

The Islanders lead the wild card race by six points over the ninth-place Detroit Red Wings and four points over the second wild card, the Philadelphia Flyers. They are also two points behind the third-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan following the Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday.

“It was an important few games for us here, I’m not going to lie to you,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “And it’s the difference if you get (to the playoffs) or not.”

The Islanders appeared on their way to a rare breather after they scored three unanswered goals to end the first period — including tallies by Hickey and John Tavares in a 41-second span — with a 3-1 lead.

But Brandon Saad scored a power play goal with 4:12 left in the second and Boone Jenner tied the game 37 seconds into the third for the Blue Jackets. It was the second blown two-goal lead in three games for the Islanders, who squandered an early 2-0 lead against Carolina on Saturday.

“The last three games were all we could handle,” Hickey said. “Carolina plays hard and Columbus came back on us today.”

The Islanders avoided overtime thanks to some choppy ice. Johnny Boychuk’s slap shot bounced off the end wall and into the goalmouth, where the puck bounced off Lee’s skate and under the legs of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

“Tight playoff race, third period goal, pretty lucky bounce,” Lee said. “We’ll take it and move on.”

The Islanders’ magic number for clinching a second straight playoff berth is any combination of five points gained by them or lost by the Red Wings. New York will find out how it fares against the top of the Eastern Conference over its next four games when it hosts the Pittsburgh Penguins (Saturday) and Tampa Bay Lightning (Monday) before visiting the Washington Capitals (Tuesday) and New York Rangers (April 7).

“We’re still building, we’ve still got a lot more (to do),” Tavares said. “Saturday will be a great test.”

Thomas Greiss made 21 saves for the Islanders, including 11 in the third period and two during a power play that ended with 46 seconds remaining.

Brandon Dubinsky scored in the first period for the Blue Jackets (30-39-8), who have lost four straight (0-4-0) and eight of 10 (2-8-0). With 68 points, Columbus is one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks (pending the Canucks’ game Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks) in the “race” to avoid finishing last in the NHL.

“I thought we settled the game down in the second period,” Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. “We played better as the game went on. But we lost the hockey game.”

Bobrovsky recorded 23 saves for the Blue Jackets.

NOTES: The Islanders scratched C Mikhail Grabovski (concussion), G Jaroslav Halak (lower body) and D Marek Zidlicky (upper body) as well as RW Steve Bernier, LW Eric Boulton and D Ryan Pulock. … Islanders D Travis Hamonic did not return after suffering a lower body injury in the first period. Entering Thursday, Hamonic led the Islanders’ skaters in average ice time per game (24:07). … The Blue Jackets scratched RW David Clarkson (lower body), G Curtis McElhinney (knee surgery), D Fedor Tyutin (undisclosed) as well as LW Rene Bourque and D Justin Falk, the latter of whom was recalled from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League on Thursday. In addition, RW Jared Boll served the final game of a four-game suspension for a late hit against Philadelphia RW Pierre-Edouard Bellemare on March 22. … Blue Jackets LW Sonny Milano, a native of Massapequa on Long Island, played 13:26 in his NHL debut. The 19-year-old was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Wednesday.

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