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Best of NHL: John Tavares notches hat trick in Islanders' win

NEW YORK -- John Tavares completed his hat trick with a tiebreaking goal in the third period, lifting the New York Islanders over the winless Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Tuesday night.

The Islanders won their third straight and improved to 5-3-1. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for New York.

Adam Pelech had three assists for the Islanders, and fellow defenseman Scott Mayfield cemented the win with his first goal of the season at 17:03.

The Coyotes -- starting a five-game road trip -- fell to 0-8-1 under new coach Rick Tocchet.

Tavares' seventh career three-goal game came on a night when he also moved past Islanders forward Bob Bourne into seventh place on the career franchise goals list. The 27-year-old Tavares has six goals this season and 241 career tallies. Bourne had 238 goals with the Islanders from 1974-86 (see full recap).

Kessel lifts Penguins to OT victory
PITTSBURGH -- Phil Kessel found a way to upstage Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.

The Pittsburgh forward raced down the slot and beat goalie Cam Talbot 42 seconds into overtime to give the Penguins a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night.

Ian Cole scored his first goal of the season for the Penguins, and Matt Murray stopped 29 shots. Crosby was held without a point in his showdown with McDavid, but the Penguins rode their depth to keep the struggling Oilers in check.

McDavid forced the extra period with his first goal in seven games, a wrist shot with 2:53 left in regulation that tied it. Talbot played brilliantly at times while making 42 saves but couldn't get a handle on Kessel's winner (see full recap).

Kempe gives Kings SO win over Senators
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Adrian Kempe scored the shootout winner to help the Los Angeles Kings beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Alec Martinez and Kempe scored for the Kings (7-1-1) in regulation and Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots.

Dion Phaneuf and Nate Thompson supplied the offense for the Senators (4-1-4). Mike Condon made 41 saves.

Condon nearly coughed up the winner with less than a minute remaining in overtime as he went to play Anze Kopitar, but Erik Karlsson was able to make a goal line save.

Trailing 2-1 with 1:46 remaining in the third period, the Kings tied the game as Kempe jumped on a Condon giveaway behind the net for an easy goal to force overtime (see full recap).