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Tavares' hat trick lifts Islanders to 7-3 win over Stars

Monday, 01.06.2014 / 9:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tavares' hat trick lifts Islanders to 7-3 win over Stars

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored a hat trick and added an assist to help propel his team to a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

In addition to a strong performance from their captain, highly touted rookie centre Ryan Strome scored the first goal of his NHL career.

With the Islanders on the power play early in the second period trailing 2-0, Strome got his squad on the board by putting a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen — one of four Islanders goals in the period. That goal opened the floodgates for the Islanders, who went on to score six goals over a 24:38 span. Peter Regin, Brock Nelson, and Brian Strait also scored for New York.

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