Two goals by John Tavares, two by Matt Moulson, an empty-netter by Michael Grabner (his ninth of the season). The Islanders are 7-1-1 in their last nine games. Tavares has 13 points (5 + 8) in those nine games. Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald have been a revelation. Frans Nielsen was injured. Rick DiPietro left during the second period with what the Islanders termed an “adductor strain.” Michael Leighton has next year left on his contract, so it’s tough to see the Islanders adding an injury-plagued veteran just after trading Dwayne Roloson. Kevin Poulin may have to come up for a little while. Nathan Lawson was superb in relief, stopping 28 of 29 over the final 34 minutes. Congratulations to the Lawson family, who dropped this blog a few emails of pride when he was starting out in Bridgeport. They knew Nate would get his chance. Comments.