On January 6th, 2014 the New York Islanders faced off against the Dallas Stars on home ice, in the Nassau Coliseum. As to what seems to be a constant trend for the Islanders, they started slow, causing them to be down two goals going into the second period.
The climb from behind hasn't had much of a negative effect on the Islanders as of late, however. Ryan Strome gets a rebound off of a John Tavares shot, recording his first NHL score. With a goal on the board and some momentum, John Tavares would find the back of the net to even the score at 2-2, almost at the midway of the second period.
Exactly two minutes later, Peter Regin would light the lamp for the the Islanders to give them the one-goal advantage. The lead would not be long lived as Casey Cizikas would go in the box for a holding penalty. The Stars would score on the man-advantage to tie the game. The tie would also be short lived, however, as Brock Nelson would find the back of the net only 28 seconds before the end of period two.
Period three is what seperated each team at the end of the night. The Stars would fail to capitalize and gave up countless opportunities and the Islanders would only take advantage. Keeping the momentum moving, Brian Strait would get a quick goal early in the third period to put the Islanders up by two. Only five minutes later would John Tavares find the back of the net during a power play for his second goal of the night, giving the Islanders a three goal lead. As if the lead and four points on the night wasn't enough, Tavares would score his third goal to complete the hat-trick and give him his second, five point game of his career.
The Islanders would hold that lead and beat the Stars 7-3. Today they will fly to the Air Canada Centre to play the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. EST.