Uniondale, NY – John Tavares continued his offensive ahead play goal early in the third period, as the Islanders took down the 2, at Nassau Coliseum.
Tavares had two goals and a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday. Two nights later, he had a four-point night and led the Isles to their third straight win to conclude a four-game season-opening homestand. P.A. Parenteau tallied three assists.
The 36-year-old Nabokov, who was suspended by the Isles last spring for refusing to report to the team after being claimed off waivers, played part of last season in Russia's KHL. He was then signed by Detroit as a free agent in January 2011 before being claimed on waivers by the Isles two days later.
Henrik Lundqvist made 30 stops in defeat.