PHILADELPHIA -- Josh Bailey scored the decisive goal in a shootout, lifting the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Brad Boyes also scored on Ilya Bryzgalov in the four-round shootout, and Colin McDonald had two third-period goals for the Islanders, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to win their fourth straight road game and remain in the mix for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders, who haven't reached the postseason since 2007, pulled into a tie with the New York Rangers for eighth place. The Islanders improved to 16-15-3, while the Rangers fell to 16-14-3 on Thursday with a 3-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Philadelphia's Scott Hartnell scored twice, including the tying goal in the final minute of regulation, and Mike Knuble added a goal for the Flyers, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in six years. The Flyers (13-17-3) trail the Islanders and Rangers by six points.
Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov stopped Matt Read's slap shot to start the shootout, and Frans Nielsen then lifted one over the net.
Claude Giroux made a dazzling move to beat a sprawling Nabokov, but Boyes answered for the Islanders.
After Nabokov stoned Brayden Schenn, and Bryzgalov denied John Tavares, Wayne Simmonds missed for the Flyers. Bailey then ended it to give the Islanders a rare win over the Flyers. They were 2-14 in their previous 16 games in Philadelphia and had won just four of the previous 33 meetings.
However, these Islanders are much better on the road than at home. They're 10-4-1 as the visiting team this year.
With their goalie pulled and a power play making it 6-on-4, the Flyers got the tying goal when Hartnell scored with 29.8 seconds left. Nabokov couldn't control the puck during a wild scramble in front of the net, and Hartnell finally whacked it in.
McDonald had four goals in 30 games before his third-period outburst. He lifted a shot from the slot past Bryzgalov to tie it at 2 midway through the period. The Isles played tic-tac-toe with the puck. Michael Grabner dropped as pass down low to Keith Aucoin, who quickly sent it to McDonald.
A lucky bounce helped McDonald get the next one. His shot hit off the inside of Flyers defenseman Bruno Gervais' leg and skipped past Bryzgalov.
The Islanders cut it to 2-1 with a minute left in the second on Tavares' 21st goal. Tavares flipped what seemed to be a harmless backhander toward the net. The puck hit off two Flyers defensemen -- Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson -- and deflected into the net.
Hartnell scored a power-play goal less than five minutes in to give the Flyers a 1-0 lead. Hartnell, who missed 16 games with a broken foot, led the team with a career-best 37 goals last year. A few minutes after his goal, Hartnell dropped the gloves and took on McDonald.
Knuble made it 2-0 late in the first with a nifty goal off a two-on-one breakaway with Giroux. Knuble got a centering pass from Giroux, went right to left and slipped a backhander into the net. The veteran forward had been a healthy scratch the previous eight games.
NOTES: Bryzgalov and Nabokov are the only goalies who've accounted for all of their team wins. ... Knuble hadn't played in 10 of the prior 11 games. ... The Flyers led after the first period for just the 10th time this season. ... Ten of New York's remaining 15 games are on the road. That's a good thing for the Islanders because they are 6-11-2 at home, including a 7-0 loss to Philadelphia on Feb. 18.