After a slow start,Johnny Bench Jersey Tavares is showing why the New York Islanders were so eager to take him with the first pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.
The second-year center continued his scoring surge, scoring a natural hat trick in just 5:46 of the second period to lead the Islanders to a 5-3 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at the Nassau Coliseum.
“Getting a natural hat trick is always nice,” Tavares said. “We did a lot of things right.”
No one has been doing more things right than Tavares, who has 10 goals and 19 points in New York’s last 15 games — a stretch in while the Islanders are 9-4-2 after suffering through 20 losses in a span of 21 games.
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“John has always had a consistent effort,” said goalie Rick DiPietro, who made 40 saves in his return after missing five games with an adductor injury. “He’s learning how to gear up for an 82-game season. It’s not an easy thing to do, especially for a 20-year old.”
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fter Thomas Vanek’s 5-on-3 power-play goal 17 seconds into the second period put Buffalo ahead, Tavares tied it by beating Ryan Miller from the slot at 7:50, then knocked in Matt Moulson’s rebound for a power-play goal at 10:34 and swatted home another rebound at 13:36 for his team-high 18th goal.
“Johnny Bench Jersey’s been working real hard,” interim coach Jack Capuano said of the No. 1 pick in the 2009 Entry Draft. “Hard work pays dividends.”,Johnny Benc Johnny h Throwback Jersey
Blake Comeau scored for the third game in a row at 15:25 for a 4-1 lead.
“We gave them every opportunity to capitalize in the second,” said Miller, who finished with 32 saves.
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Tyler Ennis fired a rebound off the end boards behind DiPietro at 5:45 of the third period for a power-play goal that made it 4-2, and the Sabres dominated play for most of the rest of the game. They had a chance to get closer when Josh Bailey was called for hooking with 4:41 remaining, only to allow Michael Grabner’s shorthanded goal on a wrister from near the left faceoff dot with 3:08 left.
DiPietro allowed a late goal by Jochen Hecht but looked sharp after missing 12 days with the injury.
“He was good. He saw the puck well. He controlled his rebounds,” Capuano said of DiPietro. “I thought his lateral movement was really good. They ramped it up in the third, we couldn’t handle it, and Ricky came up big for us.”