Bo Horvat and Simon Holmstrom rallied the Islanders over the Blackhawks

By Scott Charles

Bo Horvat and Simon Holmstrom scored in the third period to help the New York Islanders beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Ilya Sorokin made 18 saves for New York, which pulled within one point of Washington for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

“We played similar hockey the whole game, I thought, it was just about getting into it,” Horvat said. “We had chances in all three periods. … Fortunately, we got the job done.”

Jason Dickinson scored for last-place Chicago, which has won three of four. Connor Bedard had an assist and Petr Mrázek made 27 stops.

The Blackhawks jumped ahead when Bedard found a diving Dickinson at the back post at 7:49 of the first period. Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson turned the puck over in the offensive zone and Casey Cizikas couldn’t make a run on Dickinson, creating a miraculous opportunity.

It was Dickinson’s 21st goal, extending his career high. It was Bedard’s team-high 37th assist of his rookie season after Chicago selected the 18-year-old center with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft.

“They outplayed us and deserved to win,” Bedard said. “Overall, I didn’t think we were terrible. We had some chances, but really few quality chances.”

Horvat tied the game at 1 with his team-high 31st goal 1:33 into the third. He buried a feed from Mathew Barzal on the power play.

“I thought we had a lot of looks,” Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock said. “You can’t get frustrated in these situations, you have to keep going. We got a power play and the power play came up huge, we got that goal and we were able to build on that.”

Holmstrom gave New York the lead at 9:25. He got his 14th goal when he hit a loose puck for the home team.

“(Anders) Lee threw the puck from behind the net, I was just trying to find it,” Holmstrom said. “You want to get the shot as quickly as possible, that’s what I was trying to do.

It was the Islanders’ first win in 10 attempts in the second half of the head-to-head. They beat Philadelphia 4-3 in overtime on Monday night.

Islanders forward Matt Martin dropped the gloves with Jarred Tinordi late in the first period after Tinordi made a big check on Jean-Gabriel Pageau.


Blackhawks: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

Islanders: Visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

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