Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - John Tavares scored the game-winner in the third round of the shootout to lift the streaking New York Islanders to a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday at MTS Centre.
After the first three shooters came up empty, Brad Boyes got the Islanders on the board with a slick backhand-forehand move, but Andrew Ladd answered at the other end with a quick wrister past the stick-side of Evgeni Nabokov.
Tavares then skated in and slipped a wrister through the five-hole of Ondrej Pavelec to send the Islanders to their third straight victory.
Josh Bailey and Frans Nielsen each registered a goal and an assist, while Michael Grabner and Matt Martin also lit the lamp for the Islanders, who have registered at least one point in 10 straight games (8-0-2) to move into a tie with Toronto for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference with 53 points. The Maple Leafs visit Ottawa later on Saturday.
Kyle Wellwood potted a pair of goals, while Bryan Little and Zach Bogosian each scored once for Winnipeg, which had won five straight.
Despite the loss, the Jets moved within one point of Washington for the top spot in the Southeast Division with 49 points, which is one point less than the New York Rangers who occupy the eighth spot in the East. The Capitals visit Montreal later on Saturday, while the Rangers are idle.