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Tavares powers Islanders past Bruins for second straight comeback

Dec 31, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and New York Islanders center Frans Nielsen (51) celebrate a goal over Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, bottom, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) AP

For the second consecutive game the New York Islanders found themselves down by a significant margin with about half the contest in the books. They overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat Minnesota on Sunday and tonight the Bruins held a 3-1 lead late into the second period.

Then the Islanders’ power play went to work. The Bruins accumulated three minor penalties in the final four minutes of the second frame and New York’s Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo took advantage of them. Each of them reach the 15-goal mark to tie the game through 40 minutes.

John Tavares already had two assists at that point, but he took over from there, finding the back of the net twice to complete the 5-3 victory over Boston.

It was Tavares’ first four-point night of the 2013-14 campaign and gives him 44 points in 40 contests. At the same time, Okposo extended his point streak to six games.

The Islanders are still just 13-21-7, so naturally they have a daunting uphill climb ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Bruins are 26-12-2 as they cling onto their thin lead in the Atlantic Division.

  1. vgraziano - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Two come from behind wins in a row – holy !$&@?, there is a Santa Claus!!!!! Yes!!!

  2. bcisleman - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Isles are showing what they have always been capable of. No accident they are playing better w/ Straiter back.

    If they can get Lubo back and Grabs and Bails start to play as they should, no reason they can’t get into the playoff hunt in the anemic Metro division.

    BTW, haven’t seen it online yet, but Lucic got tossed for a very nasty board on Hammer at the end that deserves a Shanaban.

    • nosefacekillah - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:03 AM

      Not only was the penalty not “nasty” it was a borderline penalty. Hamonic turns himself into the boards trying to spin out of the hit. Lucic got an extra 2 and the misconduct for arguing the bad call.

      The Isles played well but they got the bounces as well. Marchand deflects one in and Taveres goal bounces off the side of Tuukka. Not a bad loss for the Bruins. They played decent with a patchwork lineup but Tuukka was clearly not himself.

  3. bruinsfan55 - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    The Lucic hit was not dirty by any means, hit Hamonic on his side and Hamonic turned into the boards after the hit. No way Looch should be suspended. Especially with me being at the game and seeing the hit live you could tell it was shoulder on shoulder

    • bcisleman - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Sorry no sale. Saw the hit several times. Hit him from behind into the boards in a vulnerable position. ML quite properly tossed and deserves a suspension.

      • sabatimus - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        Whatever you say, homer.

  4. c9castine - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    id vote for john tavares for MVP again. crosby has been remarkable with all the injuries still leading his team to so many wins and 59 points

    but no player in the league carries a team on his back like tavares.has for 2 years or more.

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