Mathew Barzal and Anders Lee scored in the third period, and the Islanders beat the Edmonton Oilers, 5-2, on Saturday night in the final game of the regular season at Barclays Center.
Ryan Pulock, Valtteri Filppula, and Brock Nelson also scored, and Devon Toews had two assists to help the Islanders win for the fifth time in six games and improve to 21-5-2 in the last 28 games. Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots for his 18th win, moving to 14-3-1 since Dec. 18.
The Islanders moved to Brooklyn for the start of the 2015-16 season but have been splitting games between Barclays Center and their former home, Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., this season. The Islanders’ final 12 regular-season home games will be at the Coliseum.
If the Islanders, who lead the Metropolitan Division by five points over Washington, make the playoffs, their home games in the first round will also be on Long Island, with potential future rounds back in Brooklyn.
The Islanders improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight at the two home arenas, and finished 12-6-2 at Barclays Center. The attendance was 14,812, the second-largest crowd of the season, trailing only the near-sellout for a game against the crosstown-rival Rangers on Jan. 12.
“Anytime our fans show up the way they have makes a huge difference for us, and we feed off their energy,” Lee said.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers, who have lost 10 of their last 11 (1-8-2).
Barzal pushed the Islanders’ lead to 3-1 at 5 minutes 9 seconds of the third period as he tipped Toews’s slap shot through traffic for his 17th.
Draisaitl made it a one-goal game with a slap shot from the right circle off a pass from Connor McDavid at 9:40. It was Draisaitl’s 35th of the season and 11th in the last 10 games. McDavid, whose eight-game point streak was snapped on Friday night, now has 11 assists and 13 points in his last 10 games.
Lee sealed the win as he scored from the right side with 2:16 left off a pass from Leo Komarov for his 19th goal. Nelson added an empty-net goal 32 seconds later for his 18th. The Islanders got their 35th win in their 59th game, matching their total from last season when they finished 35-37-10.
“We find a way to win tight games, compared to last year,” Pulock said.
After a scoreless first period, Pulock gave the Islanders the lead on a power play with a one-timer from the left circle, beating Mikko Koskinen over his left shoulder for his sixth at 3:02 of the second. It was Pulock’s third goal in five games.
Lehner kept Edmonton off the scoreboard with a stellar save on Oscar Klefbom from the left side on a rebound of a slap shot by Sam Gagner about eight and a half minutes into the middle period. Gagner, the sixth overall pick in 2007 by the Oilers, was reacquired from Vancouver earlier in the day. He had played his first seven seasons in Edmonton.
Filppula made it 2-0 as he deflected Nick Leddy’s shot from the left point up high over Koskinen’s glove for his 12th with six and half minutes left in the period.
Nugent-Hopkins pulled the Oilers to one behind as he deflected Kris Russell’s shot past Lehner for his 18th with 2.3 seconds to go in the second.
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