VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New York Islanders knew they got away with one.
Thomas Hickey scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Thomas Greiss made 31 saves to help the Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night.
New York had only nine shots through 40 minutes, and all three of its goals went in off Canucks defensemen.
“The positive thing is you end up winning it,” said Hickey, who added an assist. “But to a man in here I think we all understand that’s not going to win too many hockey games. Our goalie sort of bailed us out there and we got lucky.”
Travis Hamonic and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders, who moved within five points of the second-place Rangers in the Metropolitan Division and three up on fourth-place Pittsburgh.
“It was a pretty gritty win on the road,” Lee said. “They poured it on us a little bit.”
Linden Vey and Daniel Sedin each had a goal for Vancouver, which got 21 saves from Jacob Markstrom. The Canucks remain eight points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and it appears they will miss the postseason for the second time in…