Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/11

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 12: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders looks on during the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Nassau Coliseum on January 12, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Red-hot John Tavares scored three goals and added an assist as the New York Islanders skated to a 4-2 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Saturday.

Tavares' second goal – his fifth in the last two games – at 3:30 of the final period was the game-winner as the Islanders won their third straight. Tavares has eight points in the past two contests.

Evgeni Nabokov, making his first NHL regular-season start since April 10, 2010, turned aside 29 shots for the victory and kept the Rangers winless in three games.

After Marian Gaborik tied it at 1-1 at 6:23 of the second, Tavares struck for his first power-play tally, backhanded a rebound of Mark Streit's shot past Henrik Lundqvist at 11:47.

Brandon Prust sent the Rangers into the second intermission tied when his wrap-around attempt deflected off the skate of Frans Nielsen and past Nabokov with 1:34 left in the period.

Tavares, though, connected on his second power-play tally when he redirected a pass from the point by Streit at 3:30 of the final session. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal.

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