Jan 6, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and goalie Kevin Poulin (60) celebrate a win over the Dallas Stars after the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The New York Islanders won the game 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 1/7/14


Jan 6, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrate his third goal of the game against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The New York Islanders won the game 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What a night for New York Islanders hockey. With Kyle Okposo out of the lineup due to the birth of his first child Elliana, the Islanders made a statement by scoring 7 goals against the Dallas Stars.

In a game where there were many positives, one huge negative came early in the first period, where Evgeni Nabokov left the game with what looked like a hip or groin injury. The injury seemed to, and could very well be the same injury Nabokov had just returned from last month. Following the game, the Islanders official Twitter account announced Nabokov had been placed on the IR and Anders Nilsson would be called up immediately to adjust to the circumstances. Nabokov had been very strong in net since his return and in his absence, Poulin and Nilsson will have a huge void to fill.

Some other notable points from the game was Ryan Strome‘s first NHL goal, Peter Regin‘s first goal in 33 games, Brian Strait‘s second regulation goal in his career, and the Isles putting up their best faceoff numbers of the year, winning 62.5% of all draws. Eyes on Isles’ own Rich Dias-Rodrigues spoke with some members of the team following last night’s game:

John Tavares:

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Ryan Strome:

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Jack Capuano

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Brock Nelson:

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The Islanders head north of the border to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at 7PM where Kevin Poulin will be back in net.

In Case You Missed It

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Nabokov Placed on Injured Reserve After Leaving Monday’s Game (ProHockeyTalk)

Around the NHL

New York Islanders 7, Dallas Stars 3

Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (SO), New York Rangers 3

Montréal Canadiens 2, Florida Panthers 1

Calgary Flames 4, Colorado Avalanche 3

Across the Sound

As previously stated, Anders Nilsson will join the Islanders in Toronto. Next on the schedule for the Sound Tigers is a trip to the Verizon Wireless Arena to take on the Manchester Monarchs on Friday at 7PM.

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