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Tavares tallies five points as Islanders crush Stars

Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - John Tavares recorded his fifth career hat trick and tied a career-high with five points, as the New York Islanders used their highest offensive output of the season to claim a 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars on Monday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, but got a goal apiece from Peter Regin, Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson and Brian Strait, along with all three of Tavares' tallies, to run away with their fourth win in five games.

"A lot of guys did great things," Tavares said. "I was just happy I was able to capitalize."

Evgeni Nabokov got the start in net for New York, but left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. Kevin Poulin took over between the pipes and stopped 13 shots to pick up the victory.

With the Islanders scheduled to visit Toronto on Tuesday, the team placed Nabokov on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and recalled netminder Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the American Hockey League on emergency basis.

Jamie Benn, Valeri Nichushkin and Erik Cole each scored once for the Stars, who have given up 18 goals during their current three-game slide.

Kari Lehtonen allowed all seven goals on 43 shots in the setback.

"That's probably the most disappointing [game] of the whole year," Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said. "Their legs were better. Their energy level was better. Their puck management was better. That might have been our worst game of the year."

Benn and Cole each found the back of the net in the first frame to put the Stars on top, but the Isles answered with four goals in the second, starting with Strome's first NHL marker at 1:41 with the Isles on the power play.

New York pulled even at 7:29 after Tavares forced a turnover deep in the Dallas zone and made his way to the front of the net before accepting a no- look, backhand feed from Thomas Vanek and burying the disc in the back of the net to tie the game.

Nearly two minutes later, Josh Bailey fired a shot from the low right circle that was blocked, but Bailey jumped on the disc and quickly dished to Regin, who one-timed the puck home from in front for a 3-2 lead at 9:29.

Nichushkin potted a power-play marker at 15:28 to retie the tilt, but Nelson tickled the twine with a wrister from between the circles with 27.5 seconds left in the period to put the Islanders back on top.

New York extended its edge early in the third when Strait's shot from just above the left circle sailed past the far side of Lehtonen for a 5-3 lead at 1:24.

Tavares took over from there, netting a pair of power-play goals to provide Poulin with plenty of breathing room.

The first marker saw Tavares pick up the puck in the left corner and make his way to the front of the net without much resistance before stuffing a backhander past Lehtonen at 6:19.

Tavares finished his hat trick with a blast from the high slot that slipped under the pads of Lehtonen at 16:53.

Early on, Benn forced a turnover deep in the New York zone and lit the lamp from the low right circle at 5:01 of the first.

Nabokov left the game shortly after, as he sprawled to make a pad save before grabbing for his right hip/side area.

Poulin entered at 7:06 and watched the first shot he faced find the back of the net, as Cole wheeled around in the high slot before sneaking a shot through a screen and past the blocker side of Poulin for a 2-0 lead.

Game Notes

Tavares recorded his 300th career point ... Vanek recorded two assists to extend his point streak to a career-high nine games ... Dallas activated defensemen Trevor Daley and Sergei Gonchar from injured reserve prior to the game ... Dallas had won four straight at the Coliseum ... New York forward Kyle Okposo missed the game to attend the berth of his first child ... New York's Calvin de Haan and Andrew MacDonald each had two assists.

01/06 23:13:30 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
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Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
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NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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