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PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders battles (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders battles against Cody McCormick of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Islanders 5, Sabres 3

John Tavares' hat trick lifted the Islanders to a 5-3 win over Buffalo at Nassau Coliseum.

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders makes a toe save on a shot from Luke Adam #72 of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders makes a save against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders makes a save against Tyler Ennis #63 of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

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Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Rick DiPietro #39 of the New York Islanders reaches for the puck against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders
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Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders looks for a rebound as Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a save. (Jan. 15, 2011)

PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders battles
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

PA Parenteau of the New York Islanders battles against Cody McCormick of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Jack Hillen #38 of the New York Islanders
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Jack Hillen #38 of the New York Islanders gets tangles with Cody McCormick #8 of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders
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Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders pursues Andrej Sekera #44 of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

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Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders
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Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders skates against Mike Weber #6 of the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a save against the New York Islanders. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a glove save against John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes
(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Ryan Miller #30 of the Buffalo Sabres makes a glove save against John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders. (Jan. 15, 2011)

Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders
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Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders walks to the locker room after warming up before playing against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

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Kevin Poulin #60 of the New York Islanders
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Kevin Poulin #60 of the New York Islanders walks to the locker room after warming up before playing against the Buffalo Sabres. (Jan. 15, 2011)

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