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Here’s Johnny: Tavares notches hat trick, five-point night as Isles thump Stars

Jan 6, 2014, 9:56 PM EDT

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John Tavares is on fire.

The Islanders captain scored his first hat trick of the season and the second five-point game of his career on Monday, pacing New York to a 7-3 victory over Dallas at Nassau.

The five-point outburst came just three games after Tavares went for four points — two goals, two assists — in a 5-3 win over Boston on Dec. 31, giving him 13 points in his last six contests.

Tonight, Tavares literally took over the game.

With the the Isles down 2-0 to start the second period, Tavares assisted on Ryan Strome‘s power-play goal, then scored one himself, then set up Brian Strait‘s marker early in the third period, then scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season. He was in on the scoring for five of New York’s seven goals and on the ice for six, finishing with a plus-3 rating.

So yeah, not a bad night.

A virtual lock for Team Canada’s Olympic roster announcement tomorrow, Tavares also set a number of personal marks against the Stars. He recorded the 300th point of his career, his fifth-ever hat trick and put himself back on pace to score 40 goals this season, which would eclipse his career-high of 31 (scored during the 2011-12 campaign).

Oh, and in case you’re curious, Tavares’ first and only other five-point game came against Vancouver during his rookie campaign.

  1. killhowe - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    One of a few forward locks. Crosby, Toews, Stamkos, Tavares. No one else is a for sure lock.

    • dhawks19 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Getzlaf Perry Giroux are pretty much locks

      • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        giroux?? i don’t think so. getzlaf and perry yeah. id be surprised if they took giroux

      • killhowe - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Getzlaf or Thornton for 3rd Line C? Its not a nock. Perry/Nash/Benn/Duchene/Hall/Marleau? Not a lock either.

  2. bucrightoff - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:17 PM

    Yeah there’s no virtually about it, he is a lock. And the craziest thing is he might only be Canada’s third best center (depending on Stamkos health).

  3. dhawks19 - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Islanders are starting to win some games and are gaining ground in the metropolitan division, but their playoff chances are still a longshot. They’ve won 5 of 7 and beat the Bruins and Hawks.

  4. multiplemiggs - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Wow! An Isanders article!

    • c9castine - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      gotta win to get articles.

      • einjzmolf - Jan 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

        nah, the non favorite teams on here have to have a player score a hat trick to get mentioned. like this one, and seguin’s hat trick a while back. over the past 2 years this place has gotten alot more biased unless it’s the offseason.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:47 AM

        c9, as a Leaf fan, I can assure you that ain’t true. :)

      • c9castine - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        lol at lupy.

        theres no bias. you just have to understand the basic concept of media.

        they print what people want to read. and there are a lot of people that want to read about the bruins, and the penguins, and the blackhawks, and the ducks, and sharks and all their team and individual successes.

  5. multiplemiggs - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:25 PM


  6. blomfeld - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:26 PM


    Islanders notwithstanding, I still can’t get over Captain Brown’s ‘reverse’ drop kick to the head of the 64 million dollar Michelin Man on Saturday night ! Don’t know about you guys, but I personally ‘love it’ when things like that happen ! :)

    • drewzducks - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      Enjoy my friend !

  7. canada2014gold - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:46 AM

    Damn as a Canucks fan I kind off wish they didn’t mention that. Thus guy is a beast, he’s a first overall the lived up to the hype. No will be routing for him in Sochi

  8. blackhawks2010 - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Tavares is amazing, a complete player. Will be great to watch him and the Isles grow and develop.

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