New York Islanders

John Tavares, Evgeni Nabokov Shine in New York Islanders' 4-2 Win over Rangers

Nabokov and Tavares, the two heros in the Isles 4-2 victory over the Rangers
Nabokov and Tavares, the two heros in the Isles 4-2 victory over the RangersBruce Bennett/Getty Images
Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IOctober 16, 2011

This is perhaps the best season so far for Islander fans since the dynasty days. Really, the Isles have been that good to watch, even though it's only four games in.

The Islanders improved to 3-1-0 tonight, while the Rangers are still winless, falling to 0-1-2.

The Isles top line has been magical. Matt Moulson scored the first goal of the game on a pass from PA Parenteau, sniping it past Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers tied it on a breakaway goal from Marian Gaborik, who beat Evgeni Nabokov on the five-hole.

Nabokov made his first start of the year for the Islanders, after Rick DiPietro got injured again. Nabokov stopped 29-of-31 Rangers shots in his impressive Isles debut. He and Al Montoya look like they can be a great tandem this season.

The Islanders regained a 2-1 lead when Tavares shot one past Lundqvist's five-hole on a rebound, on the power play.

The Rangers tied it up off a wrap-around goal by Brandon Prust, deflecting off Frans Nielsen's skate. Nabokov wouldn't give up any more.

The Isles took a 3-2 lead when Tavares scored once again, deflecting Mark Streit's shot. It was a nifty set play between the two.

The Islanders would seal the deal when Tavares completed the hat trick, scoring an empty netter with a minute left, off a selfless pass by PA Parenteau.

The three stars, in order from third to first were Moulson, Nabokov and Tavares.

For Tavares, recording three goals and an assist tonight, he has scored eight points in his last two games. He's looking more and more like the guy the Islanders envisioned him to be when they drafted him first overall in 2009.

Tavares and Nabokov really stole the show for the Isles tonight in a big win over their cross-town rivals.

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