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Islanders host Sharks in matchup of 3-0 teams

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:45 PM (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Islanders will try to match their longest season-opening winning streak in 13 years when they host the San Jose Sharks in Tuesday's clash between unbeaten teams.

New York is off to a 3-0 start in 2014-15, the club's final campaign on Long Island before moving to Brooklyn next season. The Islanders haven't won four straight at the start of a season since going 4-0 in 2001-02.

The Sharks, meanwhile, are off to a 3-0 start for a third consecutive season. San Jose set a franchise record by winning seven straight to begin the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign and won six in a row before losing in 2013-14.

The Isles have scored four or more goals in each of their three games, and posted a season-high with six tallies in Tuesday's 6-3 romp of the rival New York Rangers.

The New York clubs were tied at 2-2 heading into the third period, but the Islanders notched four unanswered goals to open the final stanza and cruise to the win at Madison Square Garden.

Kyle Okposo's 100th career goal came during the third-period outburst, as the Isles scored five consecutive goals after trailing 2-1 in the second period. Jaroslav Halak made 40 saves, including 20 in the second period to keep the Islanders in the game. Johnny Boychuk, John Tavares, Brock Nelson, Mikhail Grabovski and Nick Leddy also scored in the win.

"We started getting pucks on net," said Islanders coach Jack Capuano. "Say what you want about how many goals we scored, (Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist) didn't have a chance on a lot of those shots."

Boychuk, who was acquired in a trade with Boston just prior to the start of the season, is off to a roaring start with his new club. The veteran defenseman has two goals and four assists with a plus-four rating in three games with New York.

Nelson also has a goal in each game this season for the Islanders. The 23- year-old forward posted 14 goals in 72 games as a rookie in 2013-14.

The Sharks went two games into the season without allowing a goal, but yielded five scores in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout win in Washington.

After taking a 3-0 lead in the first half of the opening period, it seemed San Jose was on its way to a rout in D.C. The Sharks also would hold leads of 4-1 and 5-3 in the contest, but Washington sent the game to overtime thanks to a pair of quick goals over a span of 1:16 late in regulation.

However, Joe Pavelski was the lone goal scorer in the shootout to help the Sharks record the close victory. Pavelski, who tallied in regulation, beat Justin Peters to his glove side with a rising shot into the top corner to complete the second round.

Matt Irwin scored twice, Tommy Wingels posted a goal and an assist and John Scott also lit the lamp for the Sharks. Antti Niemi made 29 saves in the victory.

"Right now we're a team that's winning who needs lots of work. I guess that's a good thing," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.

San Jose is playing the second test of a five-game road trip tonight. The Sharks were 22-15-4 away from Silicon Valley last season and are off to a 2-0 start as the road team in 2014-15.

The Islanders have not fared well against San Jose in recent years, losing five of six and seven of the past nine encounters in this series. The Sharks are also 7-1-0 with a tie in the last nine trips to Long Island.

This will mark San Jose's final regular-season trip to Nassau Coliseum.