UNIONDALE, N.Y. — John Tavares scored three goals and assisted on another Saturday night to lead the Islanders to a 5-1 win over the Devils.
Matt Moulson had a goal and three assists, Michael Grabner scored with 35 seconds left and Evgeni Nabokov made 30 saves for the Islanders.
Tavares, who notched his fourth career hat trick, moved into a tie for the league goals lead with 11 and has 20 points in 14 games. Moulson finished with four points, and Brad Boyes had two assists.
The Devils' goal was Marek Zidlicky's power-play slap shot 8:47 into the third. Johan Hedberg made 28 saves. New Jersey has lost two of its past three.
Tavares' tap-in of Boyes' rebound opened the scoring 16:46 into the second. Hedberg couldn't control Boyes' wrister, and Tavares slammed the loose puck into a half-empty net.
Tavares doubled the lead to 2-0 1:23 later. With New York on a power play, Tavares and Moulson played give-and-go, and the sequence ended with Tavares jamming a loose puck under Hedberg.
Moulson pushed the Islanders' advantage to 3-0 57 seconds later with his seventh of the season. Tavares finished off his hat trick by zipping a power-play laser over Hedberg with 5:15 left in regulation.
It was a tightly contested goaltending showdown early. Hedberg robbed Boyes 1:06 into the game with a diving snare of an off-wing wrister. He also benefited from a bit of good fortune as David Ullstrom's backhand penalty shot attempt with 3:15 left in the first hit the crossbar.
Nabokov was every bit his counterpart's equal. His most difficult save was a doorstep stuff attempt off the stick of Ryan Carter in the first period.
Game highlights: Goalie Peter Budaj, subbing for flu-stricken Carey Prices, made 18 saves and picked up his first win of the season in his third appearance, 4-1 over the visiting Flyers. Rookie Brendan Gallagher had a goal and assist before leaving the game in the third period with an injury. … Ben Scrivens stopped 34 shots for his first career shutout and the host Maple Leafs defeated the Senators 3-0.
Around the league: The Wild put goaltender Josh Harding, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October, on injured reserve to give him time to get used to his medication. … Islanders owner Charles Wang is trying to sell the team and has been in talks with a Manhattan investment bank, the New York Post reported. An Islanders spokesman said there is no truth to the story. Wang in October signed a deal to move the team from Nassau County to Brooklyn's Barclays Center beginning in 2015.
First Period—None. Penalties—Martin, NYI (holding), 5:37.
Second Period—1, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 9 (Boyes, Moulson), 16:46. 2, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 10 (Moulson, Visnovsky), 18:09 (pp). 3, N.Y. Islanders, Moulson 7 (Boyes, Tavares), 19:06 (pp). Penalties—Tallinder, NJ (boarding), 4:13; Boyes, NYI (goaltender interference), 4:36; Salvador, NJ (high-sticking), 17:51; Tallinder, NJ (tripping), 18:54.
Third Period—4, New Jersey, Zidlicky 1 (Elias, Kovalchuk), 8:47 (pp). 5, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 11 (Streit, Moulson), 14:45 (pp). 6, N.Y. Islanders, Grabner 6, 19:25. Penalties—Streit, NYI (holding), 7:27; Grabner, NYI (high-sticking), 11:07; Zidlicky, NJ (holding), 12:45; Ponikarovsky, NJ (interference), 14:21; Barch, NJ, misconduct, 14:50; Bernier, NJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:50; Cizikas, NYI (cross-checking), 19:40. Missed Penalty Shot—Ullstrom, NYI, 16:45 first. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 15-5-11—31. N.Y. Islanders 9-14-10—33. Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 1 of 5; N.Y. Islanders 3 of 6. Goalies—New Jersey, Hedberg 2-1-1 (33 shots-28 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Nabokov 6-5-1 (31-30).
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First Period—1, Toronto, McLaren 1 (Fraser, McClement), 3:14. Penalties—MacArthur, Tor (boarding), 5:09.
Second Period—None. Penalties—McClement, Tor (tripping), 5:25; Komarov, Tor (boarding), 16:04; Condra, Ott (high-sticking), 18:40.
Third Period—2, Toronto, Bozak 5 (Phaneuf), 8:32. 3, Toronto, Liles 1, 19:22 (en). Penalties—Zibanejad, Ott (goaltender interference), 13:55; Phaneuf, Tor (slashing), 16:59. Shots on Goal—Ottawa 5-19-10—34. Toronto 7-10-12—29. Power-play opportunities—Ottawa 0 of 4; Toronto 0 of 2. Goalies—Ottawa, Anderson 7-4-2 (28 shots-26 saves). Toronto, Scrivens 3-3-0 (34-34).
First Period—1, Montreal, Gallagher 5 (Pacioretty, Diaz), 8:53. Penalties—Coburn, Phi (interference), 2:55; Prust, Mon (diving), 2:55; Gustafsson, Phi (hooking), 10:53; Rinaldo, Phi (interference), 17:28.
Second Period—2, Montreal, Desharnais 4 (Gallagher, Pacioretty), 1:15. 3, Philadelphia, Briere 3 (Voracek, B.Schenn), 13:56. Penalties—Subban, Mon (interference), 1:42; Gorges, Mon (interference), 6:51; Gallagher, Mon (delay of game), 15:16; Pacioretty, Mon (delay of game), 17:18; Philadelphia bench, served by Briere (too many men), 19:24.
Third Period—4, Montreal, Plekanec 7 (Bourque), 4:32. 5, Montreal, Bourque 5 (Gionta, Gorges), 18:56 (en). Penalties—Timonen, Phi (holding), 11:52. Shots on Goal—Philadelphia 2-8-9—19. Montreal 12-6-11—29. Power-play opportunities—Philadelphia 0 of 4; Montreal 0 of 4. Goalies—Philadelphia, Boucher 0-1-0 (28 shots-25 saves). Montreal, Budaj 1-1-1 (19-18).