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Tavares' 2 goals lift Isles-Penguins series into 2-2 tie

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  • New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates with goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Russia, at the end of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Islanders won 6-4.

      New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates with goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20), of Russia, at the end of Game 4 of their first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs hockey series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The Islanders won 6-4.

 
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- John Tavares scored his second goal of the game with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night with a wild 6-4 victory.

Only the final lead was safe in Game 4.

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Tavares slammed in his own rebound in front after Brad Boyes fed him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It was the Islanders' third one-goal advantage in the game and the one that earned them a 2-2 tie in the highly entertaining series that has featured 5-4 and 6-4 finishes at Nassau Coliseum.

Tavares was serenaded with cheers of "M-V-P" from the frantic crowd that is believing an upset is possible. Casey Cizikas shoved in a shot with 1:16 left to add some much-needed insurance.

Brian Strait, captain Mark Streit, and Kyle Okposo also had goals, and Evgeni Nabokov made 27 saves for the eighth-seeded Islanders.

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