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John Tavares helps Islanders top Senators 3-2 in shootout

John Tavares and Frans Nielsen scored in the shootout, lifting the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the slumping Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

Evgeni Nabokov made 29 saves as the Islanders earned their third win in 12 home games this season. He also stopped Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Alfredsson in the shootout.

The Senators (12-7-4) have lost three in a row. They also have dropped eight of nine on the road.

Nielsen scored to open the shootout against backup Robin Lehner. Tavares' goal came after Nabokov made his two stops.