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John Tavares of the New York Islanders is

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is introduced before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Islanders fell to the defending Eastern Conference champion New Jersey Devils in their season-opener on Saturday at Nassau Coliseum.

John Tavares of the New York Islanders controls
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders controls the puck against Mark Fayne of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders reacts
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Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders reacts after surrendering a third period goal against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates
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David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders. (Jan. 19, 2013)

David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates
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David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders with his teammates. (Jan. 19, 2013)

David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils
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David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders with his teammates on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac)

David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates
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David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders with his teammates. (Jan. 19, 2013)

David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils
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David Clarkson #23 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders with teammate Patrik Elias #26 on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac)

David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates
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David Clarkson of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his third period goal against Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders with his teammates. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders looks
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Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders looks on before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders skates
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Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders skates against Mark Fayne of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils plays
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Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck against Mark Streit of the New York Islanders. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils plays
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Tim Sestito of the New Jersey Devils plays the puck against Mark Streit of the New York Islanders. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Colin McDonald of the New York Islanders checks
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Colin McDonald of the New York Islanders checks Bryce Salvador of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders reaches
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Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders reaches for the puck against Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov of the New
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Brian Strait and Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders defend against Ryan Carter of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders plays
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Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders plays the puck against Ryan Carter of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Brian Strait and Kyle Okposo of the New
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Brian Strait and Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders defend against Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares and Matt Moulson of the New
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John Tavares and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders skate up ice against Andy Greene and Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders is checked by Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils celebrates
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Travis Zajac of the New Jersey Devils celebrates his second period goal against the New York Islanders. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils makes
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Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils makes a second period save as John Tavares of the New York Islanders moves in for a rebound. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares and Matt Moulson of the New
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John Tavares and Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders bring the puck up ice against Andy Greene of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders tries
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders tries to play the puck against Bryce Salvador and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders tries
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders tries to control the puck behind the net against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders stands
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders stands during the national anthem. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Assistant coach Doug Weight of the New York
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Assistant coach Doug Weight of the New York Islanders looks on before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is
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John Tavares of the New York Islanders is introduced before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders is
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Rick DiPietro of the New York Islanders is introduced before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

The New York Islanders stand during the national
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The New York Islanders stand during the national anthem before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Assistant coachs Doug Weight and Brent Thompson of
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Assistant coachs Doug Weight and Brent Thompson of the New York Islanders are introduced before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is introduced before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Assistant coach Doug Weight of the New York
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Assistant coach Doug Weight of the New York Islanders looks on before a game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

Patrick Dowd of Bay Shore poses with his
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Patrick Dowd of Bay Shore poses with his banner in reference to the New York Islanders move to Brooklyn in 2015 before their season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

The New York Islanders takes the ice to
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The New York Islanders takes the ice to warm up for their season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

The New York Islanders take the ice to
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The New York Islanders take the ice to warm up for their season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the
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New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the
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New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the
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New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

JD Nedvin of Smithtown tailgates with other fans
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JD Nedvin of Smithtown tailgates with other fans prior to the New York Islanders season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the
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New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the
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New York Islanders fans tailgate prior to the season opening game against the New Jersey Devils. (Jan. 19, 2013)

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