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Tavares leads Isles to OT thriller over Carolina: 2-1

The New York Islanders (19-21-6) are on a three game winning streak, with a Saturday night 2-1 overtime thriller over the Carolina Hurricanes (17-26-8) in NHL action. Leading the Isles was center John Tavares scored twice to extend his career-best and NHL season-high point streak to 12-games.

Jeff Skinner (13) opened up the scoring for the Canes at the 8:43 mark in the first period, before Tavares found answer with a wrister at the 7:46 mark. With neither team finding the back of the net at the end of regulation, the game was sent into overtime.

Tavares (19) tipped-in the game-winner at the 3:58 mark of the overtime, to help lead the Isles to the second victory over Carolina this season.  In the cage for the Islanders was Evgeni Nabokov who made 32 saves.

‘Nabby’ has now recorded  four-straight victories in the net for the Isles, to become the first keeper to accomplish the feat this season.  Andrew MacDonald led all players with six blocked shots, while Matt Martin led the physical play with six hits.

The Islanders will have one day off before having a home-and-home series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. First New York will head to Toronto for a 7:00 p.m. meeting on Monday, before returning home to Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday.

Written on January 22, 2012

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