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Islanders shock Stars with third-period rally

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders extended both their road winning streak and Dallas' woes in dramatic fashion, scoring three times in the final 4:16 of the third period for a 4-2 win over the falling Stars.

Kyle Okposo had two goals, including the game-tying marker, for the Islanders, who have won four straight and seven in a row as the visiting club. John Tavares put New York ahead with 1:24 remaining before Brock Nelson added an empty-netter.

Kevin Poulin gave up two first-period goals to the Stars, but recovered to finish with 29 saves.

"I thought we were watching a little bit, but again we were still right there," said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano. "We came in in the second and we came back out and we started to get going a little bit. We tried to activate our D a little more and apply a little more pressure on the forecheck and things started to come for us."

Dan Ellis stopped 27 shots for Dallas, which has dropped its last six games -- all in regulation.

The Islanders drew even at 2-2 when Okposo fired a shot from the top of the right circle in off the far post.

Tavares, who recorded his fifth career hat trick and added two assists in a 7-3 home win against the Stars last Monday, was skating down the right wing and converted Calvin de Haan's crossing pass to put New York on top.

Shortly after Ellis was pulled for an extra skater, Nelson netted the clincher.

"When you're struggling as a group, instead of finding ways to win you find ways to lose, and that's kind of where we're at right now," said Stars forward Ray Whitney.

Dallas built a 2-0 lead by the end of the first period on goals by Whitney and Sergei Gonchar.

Vernon Fiddler retrieved a dump-in and chipped the puck behind the net to Alex Chiasson and he dished out front to Whitney, who beat Poulin on a shot from the left circle at 11:45.

Gonchar then pinched in from his point position to force a turnover and lit the lamp for the first time this season with 1:48 left.

Okposo scored off a Thomas Vanek feed at 10:47 of the second period.

Game Notes

The Islanders are one win shy of matching the longest road winning streak in franchise history: eight games from Feb. 27-Mar. 29, 1981 ... Vanek and de Haan both had two assists.

01/12 22:06:39 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
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
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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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z= clinched overall points title
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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