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Tavares leads Islanders over Stars 4-2

January 13, 2014

DALLAS (AP) — John Tavares scored with 1:24 remaining and Brock Nelson added an empty-net goal to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the slumping Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Kyle Okposo had two goals in New York’s fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders also have won seven straight road games.

The Islanders rallied past the Stars after trailing 2-0 after one period for the second time in a week. This time, New York scored three goals in the final 4:16.

Dallas has lost six in a row for the first time since March 2011.

Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar scored first-period goals for the Stars against goalie Kevin Poulin, who finished with 29 saves.

Buffalo’s Cody Hodgson decided a lackluster game with the only goal in the shootout as the Sabres beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 to avoid matching the longest road losing streak in club history.

Hodgson, returning after missing eight games with a hand injury, beat Philipp Grubauer in a skills contest that mirrored the rest of the game — not many quality chances, hardly any pucks in the net.

Tyler Ennis scored in the first period, and Ryan Miller made 28 saves for the Sabres, whose 11-game road skid was the second-longest in club history, behind a 12-game streak in the 2011-12 season.

Jason Chimera also scored in the opening period, and Grubauer made 30 saves for the Capitals, who have lost five of seven.

At Toronto, James van Riemsdyk scored in the shootout to lift the Maples Leafs over the New Jersey Devils 3-2.

Bozak and van Riemsdyk scored in regulation for Toronto, which had lost four straight since winning the Winter Classic on Jan. 1.

Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced through overtime. He then denied Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe and Reid Boucher in the shootout to get his 14th win.

Adam Henrique and Clowe had New Jersey’s goals. Cory Schneider, who narrowly missed out on making the U.S. Olympic team as the third goalie, made 23 saves.

The New York Rangers trounced the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 after Daniel Carcillo, Rick Nash and Derick Brassard scored less than 10 minutes into the game, and Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves.

Chris Kreider netted his team-leading 12th goal in the second period to help the Rangers win their third straight and fourth in five (4-0-1). New York, 8-2-1 in its last 11, is tied in points with Washington for second place in the Metropolitan Division — one ahead of Philadelphia.

The Rangers have won seven straight against the Flyers at home, outscoring them 28-8.

Ray Emery rebounded after the rough first period and finished with 31 saves for the Flyers.

Lundqvist lost his shutout bid when Mark Streit scored a power-play goal 6:49 into the third.

In other games, Marian Hossa had a power-play goal and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 to end a three-game losing streak, the Minnesota Wild blanked the Nashville Predators 4-0, the Anaheim Ducks downed the Detroit Red Wings 1-0.

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