Posted January 07, 2014 on AP on Fox

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 09: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders smiles as he skates up to a face off against the Phoenix Coyotes during the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on January 9, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Islanders defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in an overtime shoot out. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
New York Islanders center John Tavares scored a hat trick and added an assist to help propel his team to a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night. In addition to a strong performance from their captain, highly touted rookie center Ryan Strome scored the first goal of his NHL career. With the Islanders on the power play early in the second period trailing 2-0, Strome got his squad on the board by putting a wrist shot past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen -- one of four Islanders goals in the frame. That goal opened the floodgates for the Islanders, who went on to score six goals over a 24:38 span. Peter Regin, Brock Nelson, and Brian Strait also scored for New York. Dallas built its lead on first-period goals by Jamie Benn and Erik Cole. But Lehtonen couldn't make the margin stick. In total, he gave up seven goals on 43 shots. After Strome opened the scoring for the Islanders, they evened the contest on a goal by Tavares at the 7:29 mark of the second. They took a 3-2 lead ...
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