John Tavares of the New York Islanders scores the game winning goal at 3:20 of the third period against Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
John Tavares and the New York Islanders wrap up 2011 by hosting the Edmonton Oilers on New Year's Eve .
Tavares scored the go-ahead goal on Thursday during New York's 3-1 victory against Calgary, a beautiful third-period tally that gave New York a 2-1 lead.
"When your best player is your best player in a game, you've got a good chance to win. And '91' was real strong tonight," coach Jack Capuano said of Tavares, who also assisted on Andrew MacDonald's tying goal in the second period. "He hasn't been scoring as much of late, but the chances are there, and he buried one tonight."
The victory snapped a three-game losing skid for New York, which meets another rebuilding team in the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. The Oilers have lost two straight and six out of seven.