NHL Game Summary - Dallas at NY Islanders|
(Monday, January 6th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 7, Dallas 3
Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Tavares recorded his fifth career hat
trick and tied a career-high with five points, as the New York Islanders used
their highest offensive output of the season to claim a 7-3 win over the
Dallas Stars on Monday at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, but got a goal apiece from Peter
Regin, Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait, along with all three of
Tavares' tallies, to run away with their fourth win in five games.
"A lot of guys did great things," Tavares said. "I was just happy I was able
Evgeni Nabokov got the start in net for New York, but left the game in the
first period with a lower-body injury. Kevin Poulin took over between the
pipes and stopped 13 shots to pick up the victory.
With the Islanders scheduled to visit Toronto on Tuesday, the team placed
Nabokov on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled netminder
Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on emergency
Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin and Erik Cole each scored once for the Stars,
who have given up 18 goals during their current three-game slide.
Kari Lehtonen allowed all seven goals on 43 shots in the setback.
"That's probably the most disappointing [game] of the whole year," Stars head
coach Lindy Ruff said. "Their legs were better. Their energy level was better.
Their puck management was better. That might have been our worst game of the
Benn and Cole each found the back of the net in the first frame to put the
Stars on top, but the Isles answered with four goals in the second, starting
with Strome's first NHL marker at 1:41 with the Isles on the power play.
New York pulled even at 7:29 after Tavares forced a turnover deep in the
Dallas zone and made his way to the front of the net before accepting a no-
look, backhand feed from Thomas Vanek and burying the disc in the back of the
net to tie the game.
Nearly two minutes later, Josh Bailey fired a shot from the low right circle
that was blocked, but Bailey jumped on the disc and quickly dished to Regin,
who one-timed the puck home from in front for a 3-2 lead at 9:29.
Nichushkin potted a power-play marker at 15:28 to retie the tilt, but Nelson
tickled the twine with a wrister from between the circles with 27.5 seconds
left in the period to put the Islanders back on top.
New York extended its edge early in the third when Strait's shot from just
above the left circle sailed past the far side of Lehtonen for a 5-3 lead at
Tavares took over from there, netting a pair of power-play goals to provide
Poulin with plenty of breathing room.
The first marker saw Tavares pick up the puck in the left corner and make his
way to the front of the net without much resistance before stuffing a
backhander past Lehtonen at 6:19.
Tavares finished his hat trick with a blast from the high slot that slipped
under the pads of Lehtonen at 16:53.
Early on, Benn forced a turnover deep in the New York zone and lit the lamp
from the low right circle at 5:01 of the first.
Nabokov left the game shortly after, as he sprawled to make a pad save before
grabbing for his right hip/side area.
Poulin entered at 7:06 and watched the first shot he faced find the back of
the net, as Cole wheeled around in the high slot before sneaking a shot
through a screen and past the blocker side of Poulin for a 2-0 lead.
Tavares recorded his 300th career point ... Vanek recorded two assists to
extend his point streak to a career-high nine games ... Dallas activated
defensemen Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar from injured reserve prior to the
game ... Dallas had won four straight at the Coliseum ... New York forward
Kyle Okposo missed the game to attend the berth of his first child ... New
York's Calvin de Haan and Andrew MacDonald each had two assists.
01/06 23:13:23 ET