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Tavares gives spark to Islanders victory

NEW YORK — John Tavares had two goals and an assist to lead the Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Coyotes on Monday night.

Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson and Steve Bernier also scored and Kyle Okposo had three assists — to increase his team-leading total to 12 — as the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots for New York.

Martin Hanzal and Mikkel Boedker scored in the third period for Arizona, and former Lightning goalie Anders Lindback finished with 27 saves. Hanzal's was his third goal this season and boosted his team-leading point total to 17. Arizona fell to 0-2 on its four-game road trip.

Leading 1-0, the Islanders broke it open with three goals in the first 12 minutes of the third period, including tallies from Nelson and Tavares 4:15 apart.

Nelson took a pass at the top of the crease from Casey Cizikas and buried it into a vacant net, boosting the Isles' lead to two just 1:23 into the period. It was Nelson's fifth point, and third goal, in the last four games.

Nelson and Okposo later set up Tavares' goal at 5:38. Bernier then redirected Johnny Boychuk's blast for his first goal with the Islanders to make it 4-0 with 8:10 left.

Hanzal and Boedker scored 2:08 apart to pull Arizona to 4-2 with 2:07 left. But Tavares sealed the win with an empty-netter with 40 seconds to go.

Arizona responded after the goal, posting nine of the game's next 12 shots, but Halak stopped them all.

Game highlights: Carl Hagelin broke out of a slump with a goal and two assists to help the visiting Ducks beat the Hurricanes 4-1. Hagelin, acquired on draft day from the Rangers, had just one goal and one assist coming in. Anaheim's Anton Khudobin made 24 saves to beat his former team.

Around the league: Wild left wing Zach Parise resumed skating on his own, though there is no timetable for his return, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported. Parise has missed four games with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

at Islanders 1 0 4 5
Coyotes 0 0 2 2

First Period1, N.Y. Islanders, Nielsen 8 (Tavares, Okposo), 4:51 (pp). PenaltiesVermette, Ari (slashing), 4:24; Boychuk, NYI (hooking), 7:58; Richardson, Ari (hooking), 13:28.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesVermette, Ari (interference), :38; Vermette, Ari (face-off violation), 11:01; Martin, NYI (interference), 16:23.

Third Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Nelson 6 (Cizikas, Okposo), 1:23. 3, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 8 (Okposo, Nelson), 5:38. 4, N.Y. Islanders, Bernier 1 (Boychuk, Nielsen), 11:50. 5, Arizona, Hanzal 3 (Duclair, Domi), 15:45. 6, Arizona, Boedker 6 (Ekman-Larsson), 17:53 (pp). 7, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 9, 19:20 (en). PenaltiesStrait, NYI (holding), 17:33. Shots on GoalArizona 7-7-19—33. N.Y. Islanders 9-14-9—32. Power-play opportunitiesArizona 1 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 1 of 4. GoaliesArizona, Lindback 2-3-0 (31 shots-27 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Halak 5-4-1 (33-31). A11,841 (15,795). T2:24. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Frederick L'Ecuyer. LinesmenRyan Gibbons, Jay Sharrers.

Ducks 1 1 2 4
at Hurricanes 0 1 0 1

First Period1, Anaheim, Horcoff 3 (Hagelin, Cogliano), 11:23. PenaltiesHagelin, Ana (hooking), :13.

Second Period2, Carolina, Hanifin 1 (Nordstrom, Faulk), 3:38. 3, Anaheim, Vatanen 4 (Getzlaf, Hagelin), 13:08. PenaltiesHorcoff, Ana (face-off violation), :04; Stoner, Ana (kneeing), 18:16.

Third Period4, Anaheim, Hagelin 2 (Horcoff, Cogliano), 16:11. 5, Anaheim, Getzlaf 1 (Kesler, Silfverberg), 19:00 (en). PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalAnaheim 5-4-11—20. Carolina 4-10-11—25. Power-play opportunitiesAnaheim 0 of 0; Carolina 0 of 3. GoaliesAnaheim, Khudobin 3-3-0 (25 shots-24 saves). Carolina, Lack 1-4-0 (19-16). A9,305 (18,680). T2:22. Referees—Justin St. Pierre, Ian Walsh. LinesmenAndy McElman, Kiel Murchison.

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