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Tavares and the Islanders storm past Hurricanes: 5-2

The New York Islanders (21-22-7) found a perfect storm of scoring thanks to All-Star John Tavares, in the 5-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes (18-26-9) in NHL action on Tuesday. Tavares scored twice, while also recording two assists in leading New York to the victory.

Tavares is having an MVP-type season for New York, as the center now has 53 points (22 goals, 31 assists) in 49 games for the Islanders. ‘JT’ helped to set-up the first goal for the Orange and Blue at the 5:49 mark in the first period as P.A. Parenteau (11) wristed home a power play goal.

Parenteau has had a hot stick for the Islanders as of late, recording seven points in six games. Matt Moulson (23) recorded the second power play goal for the Islanders at the 16:19 mark in the second. Moulson now has seven goals and 10 assists in the last 14 games.

Brandon Sutter (11) and Tim Brent (7) were the only two Carolina players able to get the puck past Islanders keeper Kevin Poulin. Poulin made 26 saves to earn his first win of the season.

Tavares (22) two goals were sandwiched between a Kyle Okposo (12) empty-net wrister, as New York earned a vital two points in a push for a potential playoff spot.

Islanders captain Mark Streit recorded two assists, in the sixth multipoint game of the season. The Blueliner also recorded two steals and two blocked shots.

New York will next be in action on Friday, as the team will travel to Ottawa to take on the Senators. The game between the Isles and Senators is scheduled to air on the MSG Plus network, with face-off slated for 7:30 p.m.

Written on February 1, 2012

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