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John Tavares scores 3 times to lead Islanders past Devils 5-1

Saturday, 02.16.2013 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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John Tavares scores 3 times to lead Islanders past Devils 5-1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares scored three goals and assisted on another Saturday night to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Matt Moulson had a goal and three assists, Michael Grabner scored with 35 seconds left, and Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for the Islanders, who beat the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout Thursday night.

Tavares, who notched his fourth career hat trick, has 20 points in 14 games. Moulson finished with four points, and Brad Boyes had two assists.

The Devils' lone goal was Marek Zidlicky's power play slap shot 8:47 into the third. Johan Hedberg made 28 saves for New Jersey, which has lost two of its last three.

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