NEW YORK, N.Y. - John Tavares had two primary assists 43 seconds apart in the first period to lead the New York Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Monday night.
Tavares' assists on New York's second and third goals were his first since a 3-1 win against Philadelphia on Nov. 25, a stretch of 12 games. During that span, he scored three goals.
The top pick in the 2009 draft leads New York in goals (13) and is second in assists (12) and points (25).
New York snapped its three-game losing streak and improved to 19-11-5. The Islanders also passed the idle New York Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves to pace New York. Cal Clutterbuck, Travis Hamonic, Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders.
Anaheim dropped to 12-15-5 with its third loss in five games. Carl Hagelin and Josh Manson had goals for the NHL's lowest-scoring team.