John Tavares scored three goals in the final two periods to secure a hat trick and a win for the Islanders, who earned a 5-3 road win over the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday. >> Read more
- 4:47 AZ Anthony Duclair (Power Play); Assists: Clayton Keller, Derek Stepan
- 3:41 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Jordan Eberle
- 14:25 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Adam Pelech, Jordan Eberle
- 1:32 AZ Mario Kempe; Assists: Tobias Rieder, Christian Dvorak
- 4:21 NYI Brock Nelson (Power Play); Assists: Adam Pelech, Josh Bailey
- 8:57 AZ Nick Cousins; Assists: Clayton Keller, Adam Clendening
- 12:41 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Adam Pelech, Calvin de Haan
- 17:03 NYI Scott Mayfield Assists: John Tavares, Anders Lee
The John Tavares Show was in full effect tonight, as JT notched his seventh career hat trick. The Isles needed every one of them, too, as Arizona was resilient, coming back from a goal deficit three seperate times. But Tavares' third tally of the night was game winner, with Scott Mayfield putting the final nail in the coffin to give the Isles the two points.
Great forecheck by Andres Lee on Tavares' first goal, which led to a turnover that allowed Jordan Eberle to find JT in the high slot for a back hand tip in up into the top shelf. Speaking of Eberle, it's hard to believe that he doesn't have a goal yet the way the first line is producing. But all three of those guys are chipping in and creating opportunities. It's fun to watch, especially on a night like tonight.
I thought Adam Pelech had a really nice game, probably his best of the season. He notched three primary assists tonight, most notably on Tavares' game winner with a perfect, hard feed, and I thought he handled his point responsibilities on the power play very nicely. The Isles have some depth at the blue line, and it will presumably be tested if and when Calvin de Haan leaves via free agency this summer. If Pelech can prove he's ready for big minutes, it would make that blow much easier to absorb when the time does eventually come.
What's Next: The Islanders will travel to Minnesota to face the Wild on Thursday at 8 p.m.