NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — John Tavares forced overtime with a power-play goal and the scored unassisted with 1:55 left in the extra period to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Josh Bailey got the other goal for New York and Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game losing streak and beat the Devils for the third time in as many games this season.
Scott Gomez and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils. Keith Kinkaid made 28 saves for New Jersey, which lost for the second time in as many nights.
Tavares stole the puck from a falling Adam Larsson near the corner behind the Devils’ net, quickly turned and roared into the right circle, snapping a shot over the shoulder of Kinkaid.
The Islanders rallied twice in the third period to tie the game, with Tavares knotting the score at 2 with a power-play goal with 6:13 left in regulation.
Tavares’ goal was his 18th of the season and it was the result of a bad play by Kinkaid. The rookie came too far out of his crease and Tavares banked the puck into the net from behind the goal line by hitting off the back of the goaltender’s leg.
It was the second goaltending miscue of the period. Gomez had given New Jersey a 2-1 at 7:23 with a shot into an empty net. Halak had the puck on his stick behind the goal line when Adam Henrique caught him off guard, stole it and found Gomez alone in front for a slam dunk.
The Islanders had outplayed the Devils in the first two periods, but trailed 1-0 on a goal by Zajac.
It took only 62 seconds for New York to tie the game in the third period. Tavares won a faceoff in the right circle and the puck found its way toward the left point. Defenseman Calvin de Haan took a slap shot in stride and Bailey, who had missed the last game with an upper-body injury, deflected it over the shoulder of Kinkaid.
Zajac gave the Devils the lead at 11:57 of the second period. Zajac took the puck from Kyle Okposo, who was playing without a stick, sent a pass behind the net to Patrik Elias and then took a return pass and beat Halak for his seventh goal of the season.
NOTES: Tavares’ assist was the 199th of his career. … This was only Kinkaid’s second start in the last 10 games. This was the fifth game of a seven-game road trip for New York (3-2). New Jersey is 0-1-2 vs. New York this season.
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