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Okposo hat trick lifts Islanders past Oilers

Six players score in win against Edmonton

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

Okposo notches hat trick with PPG

EDM@NYI: Okposo nets third goal of game on power play

2/7/16: Kyle Okposo rattles in his third goal of the game to complete a hat trick on the power play in the 3rd period

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NEW YORK -- Kyle Okposo had a hat trick and an assist and John Tavares had a goal and two assists to help the New York Islanders to an 8-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Johnny Boychuk, Nikolay Kulemin, Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck had goals for New York (27-18-6), which avoided a three-game losing streak. Thomas Greiss made 30 saves in his first start since Jan. 12.

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Greiss in goal for Islanders

Will make first start in almost a month vs. Oilers

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- It's been nearly a month since New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss has played, but he'll get the start when the Islanders host the Edmonton Oilers at Barclays Center on Sunday (2:30 p.m. ET; SNW, MSG+, NHL.TV).

Greiss, arguably the Islanders' most valuable player the first half of the season, hasn't played since Jan. 12, when he made 18 saves in a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He finds himself in a three-goalie rotation with Jaroslav Halak and Jean-Francois Berube.  
"It's been a little while, but he's practiced extremely hard," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of Greiss. "He takes a lot of pride on and off the ice on how he handles himself. He's got to come up big for us here today."

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