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Nabokov, Islanders hand playoff-hopeful Blue Jackets damaging 2-0 loss

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    New York Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck (15) shoots the puck past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) to score in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) stops a shot on goal by Columbus Blue Jackets' Artem Anisimov (42) as Islanders' Travis Hamonic (3) defends from behind in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Islanders' Travis Hamonic (3) celebrates his goal as Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) and Jack Johnson (7) react in the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 23, 2014, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek) (The Associated Press)

Evgeni Nabokov made 41 saves in his 58th NHL shutout, and Travis Hamonic scored a coast-to-coast, power-play goal in the second period as the New York Islanders dealt the Blue Jackets' playoff hopes a severe blow by beating Columbus 2-0 Sunday.

Nabokov got the best of Russian counterpart Sergei Bobrovsky in their third meeting this season and posted his third shutout in this campaign. It was just the Islanders' second regulation win ever over the Blue Jackets.

Columbus, which has dropped to fifth in the Metropolitan Division, has fallen out of an Eastern Conference playoff position with 11 games left. The Blue Jackets lost their second straight game and for the third time in four. This one was particularly costly as the Islanders are far out of postseason contention.