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Tavares scores 40th goal of season as London edges Belleville 3-2

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. - John Tavares wasn't about to be held off the scoresheet for a second straight night.

Tavares's league-leading 40th goal of the season with 13:31 left in the third period lifted the London Knights to a 3-2 victory over the Belleville Bulls on Saturday night in a battle of OHL division leaders.

Tavares added an assist on Phil Varone's power-play goal earlier in the third period, giving him 14 goals and eight assists in nine games since joining the Knights in a blockbuster trade with the Oshawa Generals at the OHL trade deadline.

Tavares had been held without a point in London's 3-2 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs on Friday.

Varone finished with a pair of goals to pace the Knights (37-11-0-2), while Daryl Borden preserved the win with a 32-save performance.

Nick Palmeiri and Eric Tangradi replied for the Bulls (34-14-2-2), who saw their season-high eight-game winning streak come to an end.

Mike Murphy stopped 30 shots in defeat for Belleville.

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