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Isles vs. Stars--Opening Night

 UPDATE: Isles lose 5-4 in shootout

The Islanders score twice in the third, including Matt Moulson's greasy game-tying goal with less than three minutes to play.

Moulson's power-play goal--their third of the night--sent the team into overtime an secured a point for the Islanders, but the Islanders ultimately fell short in the shootout.

Kari Lehtonen blanked Moulson, Frans Nielsen and P.A. Parenteau, while Mike Ribeiro scored the lone goal in the third round for the Star's second win in two nights.

UPDATE Isles trail 3-2, end of 2nd period

Doug Weight and James Wisniewski both tally on the power play to pull the Islanders within a goal, but the real news is John Tavares.

After an open-ice collision with Stars winger Adam Burish, John Tavares suffered a mild concussion and will not return to the game. NO timetable yet.

UPDATE: Isles trail 2-0, end of 1st period

Isles get two power-play opportunities early in the first--including nine seconds of 5-on-3 time--but can't cash in. Jamie Benn tallied on the power-play for the Stars at 9:52 and the Stars took a 2-0 lead a little more than two minutes later with a one-timer through traffic from d-man Stephane Robidas  at 11:56.

Frightening moment with 3:17 to play. John Tavares appeared to suffer a concussion after colliding with Adam Burish. Tavares seemed shaken before skating off the ice with head trainer Garrett Timms.

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Rick DiPietro makes his first opening night start since October 5, 2007 against the Sabres in Buffalo. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen gets the nod in back-to-back games after helping Dallas to a 4-3 overtime win over New Jersey last night.

Islanders healthy scratches: Jack Hillen, Bruno Gervais, Michael Grabner

First-round pick Nino Niederreiter will make his Islanders debut tonight, and in doing so will become the youngest player in the history of the organization.

Both Niederreiter's parents, Ruth and Rene, made the 9-hour flight from Switzerland to witness the momentous occasion first-hand. Back after the first period.

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