UNIONDALE, N.Y., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- John Tavares delivered the tiebreaking goal 3:20 into the final period Thursday and the New York Islanders held on to defeat Calgary 3-1.
New York snapped a three-game losing streak with Evgeni Nabokov giving up only a first-period goal.
Tim Jackman scored Calgary's only goal 71 seconds into the game and Nabokov shut out the Flames for the remaining 58:49 while stopping 29 shots.
Jackman's goal was his first of the season and it took him 37 games to get it. He had a career-best 10 goals last season.
Calgary had won its previous four games. Kiprusoff made 31 saves for the Flames.