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John Tavares scores shootout winner, Islanders beat Jets 5-4

  • Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Wellwood (13) steals the puck from New York Islanders' Thomas Hickey (14) to score on a breakaway against goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (20) during the second period of an NHL game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    Winnipeg Jets' Kyle Wellwood (13) steals the puck from New York Islanders' Thomas Hickey (14) to score on a breakaway against goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (20) during the second period of an NHL game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Islanders' Casey Cizikas (53), Matt Martin (17), Josh Bailey (12) and Michael Grabner (40) celebrate a shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets in an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    New York Islanders' Casey Cizikas (53), Matt Martin (17), Josh Bailey (12) and Michael Grabner (40) celebrate a shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets in an NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Islanders' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (20) tries to poke check Winnipeg Jets' James Wright (17) as he comes around the net during second period of an NHL game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)

    New York Islanders' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov (20) tries to poke check Winnipeg Jets' James Wright (17) as he comes around the net during second period of an NHL game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, John Woods)  (The Associated Press)

John Tavares scored the winning goal in a shootout on Saturday to give the New York Islanders a 5-4 win over Winnipeg and put a dent in the Jets' playoff drive.

Bryan Little tied the game for Winnipeg 4-4 at 17:59 of the third period, just seven seconds after Isles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky was called for interference. A rebound sent the puck at Little's left skate and he kicked it over to his stick before beating Evgeni Nabokov.

Tavares and Brad Boyes both beat Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the shootout, while Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd scored against New York's Nabokov.

The win gave the Islanders 53 points and tied them with Toronto for fifth in the Eastern Conference.