Thomas Greiss made 31 saves in his fifth shutout of the season, helping the New York Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 on Monday night.

Ryan Pulock and Anders Lee scored as New York (40-22-7) improved its playoff positioning in the tough Metropolitan Division. The Islanders improved to 16-8-1 against divisional opponents.

Columbus (38-28-3) lost for the fourth time in six games, dropping into a tie with Montreal for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Sergei Bobrovsky made 18 saves, but the Blue Jackets were unable to get to the steady Greiss.

New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock celebrates scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock celebrates scoring a goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Pulock put the Islanders in front when he drove a slap shot by Bobrovsky 6:11 into the first. Pulock surpassed his point total from his rookie year, registering his 33rd point of his sophomore season.

New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula, top, trips over Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Islanders center Valtteri Filppula, top, trips over Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Nick Foligno during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) reaches for the puck as he is shoved by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington (4) in front of Rangers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) reaches for the puck as he is shoved by Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Scott Harrington (4) in front of Rangers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Uniondale, N. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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