The last-place Islanders (30-30-10) fell to 1-5-4 in their last 10 games.
They are 10 points behind the New Jersey Devils for the second Eastern-Conference wild card spot.
"We didn't get any bounces, but we also had breakdowns that weren't very good," defenseman Johnny Boychuk told Newsday. "This time of year, when you're fighting for your life and we don't get those bounces you've got to have a little bit of anger and drive. Playoff hockey. It just wasn't there."
Christopher Gibson allowed five goals on 12 shots before being relieved by Jaroslav Halak.
Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd and Ryan Pulock scored the Islander goals. Ladd's was his first in 26 games.
"When it goes that long, it's something you think about," Ladd, who has 10 goals this season, told NHL.com. "It's nice to get the monkey off the back. Hopefully from there, confidence builds, and you can pop a few more." << Read more
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