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Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov clears the puck from (Credit: David Pokress)

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov clears the puck from the front of the net in the first period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Islanders 4, Rangers 2

John Tavares scored a hat trick to lead the Islanders at a sold out Nassau Coliseum.

Michael Grabner of the Islanders charges between Michael
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Michael Grabner of the Islanders charges between Michael Del Zotto, left, and Tim Erixon to get to the puck in the third period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

John Tavares, right, and teammates celebrate his hat
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John Tavares, right, and teammates celebrate his hat trick goal late in the third period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

John Tavares of the Islanders flies over Marian
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John Tavares of the Islanders flies over Marian Gaborik of the Rangers just after shooting on the empty net to score a hat trick late in the third period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

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Dan Girardi of the Rangers smashes Matt Moulson
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Dan Girardi of the Rangers smashes Matt Moulson of the Islanders into the glass and sends up a spray of ice in the third period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Brian Boyle of the Rangers celebrates Brandon Prust's
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Brian Boyle of the Rangers celebrates Brandon Prust's second period goal. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Marian Gaborik of the Rangers skates away from
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Marian Gaborik of the Rangers skates away from the net after scoring on Evgeni Nabokov in the second period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Brandon Prust of the Rangers tucks the puck
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Brandon Prust of the Rangers tucks the puck under Evgeni Nabokov for a second period goal that tied the game 2-2. (Oct. 15, 2011)

John Tavares of the Islanders skates up ice
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John Tavares of the Islanders skates up ice with the puck. Brian Boyle of the Rangers comes up to check him. (Oct. 15, 2011)

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Steve Eminger of the Rangers and John Tavares
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Steve Eminger of the Rangers and John Tavares of the Islanders joust in front of the Ranger goal in the first period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Islander goalie Evgeni Nabokov. (Oct. 15, 2011)
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Islander goalie Evgeni Nabokov. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Mike Mottau of the Islanders high 5's young
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Mike Mottau of the Islanders high 5's young fans after he comes off the ice. (Oct. 15, 2011)

The Islanders and fans celebrate Matt Moulson's first
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The Islanders and fans celebrate Matt Moulson's first period goal. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Matt Moulson of the Islanders raises his stick
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Matt Moulson of the Islanders raises his stick in celebration after scoring a first period goal on Henrik Lundqvist. (Oct. 15, 2011)

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks for the puck
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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist looks for the puck behind him after Matt Moulson of the Islanders scored a first period goal. (Oct. 15, 2011)

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov clears the puck from
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Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov clears the puck from the front of the net in the first period. (Oct. 15, 2011)

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