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Tavares' tiebreaking goal helps New York Islanders knock off Dallas Stars 4-2

Sunday, 01.12.2014 / 8:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tavares' tiebreaking goal helps New York Islanders knock off Dallas Stars 4-2

DALLAS - John Tavares scored with 1:24 to go and Brock Nelson added an empty-netter, leading the streaking New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Kyle Okposo had two goals in New York's fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.

The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second time in a week. Dallas (20-18-7) has lost six in a row for the first time since March 2011.

Okposo scored in the second, and then tied it at 15:44 of the third with a drive from the top of the right faceoff circle.

Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar scored first-period goals for the Stars against goalie Kevin Poulin, who finished with 29 saves.

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I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.

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