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Tavares scores in shootout, Islanders beat Sharks 4-3 to improve to 4-0-0

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - John Tavares scored the decisive goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.

San Jose's Logan Couture and New York's Kyle Okposo traded goals earlier in the shootout before Tavares beat Alex Stalock in the fifth round. San Jose's Joe Thornton missed on his turn and the Islanders improved to 4-0-0 before a raucous crowd at Nassau Coliseum.

San Jose's Tomas Hertl tied the tense game at 11:16 of the third after goals by Okposo and Josh Bailey earlier in the period put the Islanders ahead 3-2.

The teams played a pulsating overtime but both goaltenders were up to the task. Stalock made a spectacular glove stop on Tavares in the last minute of the extra five-minute session and had 42 saves overall.

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