Tavares' hat trick sparks Isles to 7-3 win
New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored a hat trick and added an assist to help propel his team to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Dallas Stars on Monday night.
With the Islanders on the power play early in the second period trailing by 2-0, rookie Ryan Strome got his squad on the board by putting a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen - one of four Islanders goals in the period.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves through overtime and two more in the shootout in his first action in over a month, and Brandon Dubinsky had a goal and assist against his former team in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 4-3 victory over the host New York Rangers.
Bobrovsky stopped Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash in the tiebreaker, and Mark Letestu and Ryan Johansen scored against Henrik Lundqvist.
Brian Gionta scored the winner in the second period and Carey Price stopped 26 shots to lead the host Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
The Minnesota Wild will be without captain Mikko Koivu for the next month. Koivu had surgery to repair a broken ankle.
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus' head.
- Associated Press