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Tavares hat trick lifts Isles to win over Stars

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JOE DePAOLO | January 6, 2014 11:27 PM EST | AP

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — John Tavares scored three goals and added two assists in the New York Islanders' 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

In addition to a strong performance from their captain, highly touted Islanders rookie center Ryan Strome scored the first goal of his NHL career.

But the comeback victory came at a cost as starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov left with what appeared to be a groin injury. He was put on the injured list shortly after the game.

The 38-year-old Nabokov returned to action on Dec. 14 after he missed 11 games because of a groin injury sustained against Detroit on Nov. 16. New York recalled goalie Anders Nilsson from Bridgeport of the AHL later Monday night.