Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 10/22/14

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)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- John Tavares scored his second goal of the game 3:58 into overtime, and the New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Saturday night for their third straight win. Tavares scored his 19th goal of the season after extending his career-best point streak to 12 games with a second-period goal. Tavares has eight goals and 13 assists during his streak, the longest in the NHL this season. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 32 shots for the Islanders (19-21-6), who have won four of five and five of seven. It was also the fourth straight win for Nabokov, a season high for Islanders goalies. Jeff Skinner gave Carolina a 1-0 lead in the first period. New York has allowed only four goals in four games. The Islanders won at Philadelphia and Washington this week after losing at home to Nashville on Monday. The Islanders peppered goalie Cam Ward with a season-best 23 shots in the second period, but had only 17 the rest of the game in finishing with a total of 40. Skinner opened the scoring at 8:43 of the first on a backhand that eluded Nabokov. The 19-year-old Skinner, last season's NHL rookie of the year, has 13 goals this season. It was his first since he returned from a 16-game absence from Dec. 9-Jan. 14 because of a concussion. The Hurricanes (17-25-8) are 17-4-4 against the Islanders since Jan. 6, 2006. New York won for only the fourth time this season when allowing the first goal. The Islanders are 4-18-2 in those games. Nabokov is 8-1-1 in 11 career games against Hurricanes. The Islanders also won their previous meeting with Carolina this season, a 4-3 road shootout victory on Jan. 3. The clubs will play again in Raleigh on Jan. 31, the first night of play after the All-Star break. NOTES: Tavares' point streak is the longest by an Islanders player since Mark Parrish had a 12-gamer early in the 2001-02 season. . The Islanders have 9,983 goals in team history (excluding shootouts). . The Hurricanes won all four meetings with the Islanders last season, outscoring New York 18-8. . The Islanders have killed 32 of 33 penalties in their last four games.
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