John Tavares leads Islanders over the Stars, Tyler Myers suspended, injury updates on Logan Couture, Mikko Koivu and Ben Bishop, the latest on Bryan Bickell and more.

John Tavares (c) is congratulated after one of his goals against the Stars.

John Tavares (c) is congratulated after one of his goals against the Stars.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: John Tavares enjoyed a five-point performance (including a hat trick) leading the NY Islanders to a 7-3 trouncing of the Dallas Stars.  The win was costly for Isles goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who left the game with a lower body injury and was placed on injured reserve.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Sergei Bobrovsky made a season-high 40 saves carrying the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 shootout victory over the NY Rangers.

NOTE: Games involving Canadian NHL clubs are recapped in “Canadian Corner”.

NBC SPORTS: Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, St. Louis’ Brian Elliott and Minnesota’s Ryan Suter were named the NHL’s three stars of the week.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers received a three-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of New Jersey Devils’ forward Dainius Zubrus.

MERCURYNEWS.COM: San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture has been sidelined 3-4 weeks with a hand injury.

PIONEER PRESS:Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu is out 4 weeks with a fractured ankle while goalie Josh Harding was placed on injured reserve.

TBO.COM: Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop doesn’t expect to be sidelined for long after injuring his right arm during Sunday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.

CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks wingers Bryan Bickell is seeing improvement in his game after returning December 17 from a knee injury.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Flyers forward Michael Raffl (concussion) is expected to return to action in tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils.

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