Alexei Yashin scored four goals, and five New York teammates also scored as the Islanders routed the Blackhawks, 9-2, last night in Chicago.
Yashin had the first four-goal game of his career and has six goals and four assists in his last three games. Mark Parrish, Justin Papineau, Oleg Kvasha, Dave Scatchard and Arron Asham also scored for New York.
The Islanders lead the Rangers by six points for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have six games remaining, including a head-to-head contest at Nassau Coliseum on April 1.
The victory marked the first time the Islanders won at Chicago since October 7, 1990. The Islanders are 2-11-5 in their last 18 games against the Blackhawks.
Making his second NHL appearance, Igor Radulov scored his first two goals for Chicago.
Parrish opened the scoring at 1 minute 17 seconds of the first. He took a pass from Papineau, drove to the net and slipped a backhander under rookie goalie Craig Andersson.
Yashin put the Islanders up 2-0 just 47 seconds later. Kvasha found Yashin undefended at the edge of the crease for the one-timed goal.
Papineau converted a 3-on-1 breakaway at 6:37 of the first to give the Islanders a three-goal lead.
The Islanders built a four-goal lead on Yashin's 20th goal, a power-play score, with 39 seconds left in the first.
* RED WINGS 4, WILD 0: Curtis Joseph earned his 40th career shutout, and Igor Larionov had a goal and two assists in Detroit.
Joseph, who has four shutouts this season, was forced to make only 18 saves. Sergei Fedorov, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom scored the other goals, and Mathieu Schneider had two assists.
Larionov gave Detroit the lead just 1:57 in when he scored on a breakaway. His slap shot from the inside edge of the left circle beat Dwayne Roloson. Roloson defeated the Red Wings, 4-0, on Sunday.
Fedorov scored a power-play goal 1:28 into the second period. He put in a wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle after taking a pass from Larionov. The goal was Fedorov's 31st of the season and 395th of his career.
* HURRICANES 3, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Jeff O'Neill scored with 33 seconds left in regulation as host Carolina avoided a season sweep against Toronto.
O'Neill scored his team-leading 30th of the season 27 seconds after Carolina pulled Kevin Weekes for an extra skater. O'Neill took a centering pass from Ron Francis and beat Trevor Kidd with a low shot from the slot.
O'Neill has at least 30 goals three seasons in a row.
"There are so many skilled guys and goal scorers in this league," O'Neill said. "If you can get to 30 or 35 goals every year, and do it five or six years, then you establish yourself as a premier scorer. Until then, I don't think it's appropriate."
* AVALANCHE 2, SENATORS 2: Alex Tanguay scored with 10.2 seconds left in regulation to lift visiting Colorado.
Tanguay took a pass from Peter Forsberg in front of the Senators goal and beat Patrick Lalime after Vaclav Varada's power-play tally gave Ottawa the lead with less than a minute to go.
Rob Blake also scored for Colorado, which has just one loss in four games and prevented the Senators from recording their franchise-record 49th win.
Blake was almost the goat after he took a late roughing penalty that allowed Ottawa to score with 53.6 seconds left in regulation.
"Whenever you score in the last minute, you think you can get away with the two points, but Forsberg made an unbelievable play," Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
* FLYERS 1, PREDATORS 1: Mark Eaton scored his second goal of the season with 1:24 left in regulation as host Nashville salvaged a tie but was still eliminated from playoff contention.
Nashville was just three points out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference on March 1, but the Predators have not won since March 7 in a winless skid that reached nine last night (0-5-3-1).
The Flyers, who already have a playoff spot clinched and are trying to catch Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey, outshot Nashville, 43-21. Philadelphia trails New Jersey by three points.