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NEW YORK -- Brock Nelson scored the tie-breaking goal in the final minute of the second period and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored a little more than two minutes apart early in the third period as the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota W...

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a save as Minnesota’s Jason Zucker, middle, and Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic tangle Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Islanders defeated the Wild 5-3. (Photo by: Brad Penner | USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - Brock Nelson scored the tie-breaking goal in the final minute of the second period and Frans Nielsen and John Tavares scored a little more than two minutes apart early in the third period as the New York Islanders beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 at Barclays Center on Tuesday.

Centers Mikhail Grabovski and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders (26-16-6), who won for the fourth time in six games (4-1-1).

Goalie Jean-Francois Berube earned his first NHL win by recording 40 saves. Berube was recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Monday and earned the start Tuesday as a reward for going 4-0-0 with a 0.97 goals-against average in his last four appearances in the minors.

Center Charlie Coyle, and right wingers Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Wild (23-18-9), who has lost three straight and 11 of 14 since Jan. 1.

Goalie Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves before he was pulled after allowing the goals by Nielsen and Tavares. Backup Darcy Kuemper finished with eight saves in the mop-up effort.

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Dubynk appeared to slow down the shot by Nielsen, which trickled between his legs 2:49 into the period. But he was caught completely by surprise 2:03 later, when Tavares, stationed behind the faceoff circles, took a no-look dump from Grabovski and fired a shot under Dubynk.

Niederreiter put back a shot by defenseman Matt Dumba with 9:56 left but the Wild could get no closer.

The Wild took the lead with 5:26 left in the first, when Coyle eluded Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield up the left side of the ice before backhanding a shot past Berube.

The Islanders tied it and went ahead in a span of 107 seconds early in the second.

Grabovski’s shot from the slot put New York on the board at the 3:20 mark and capped a grunt work sequence in which center Ryan Strome won a battle for the puck behind the Minnesota net with Wild left winger Erik Haula. Strome then passed to center John Tavares, but the pass ticked off Tavares’ stick and to Grabovski.

Lee was credited with the go-ahead goal when he got a stick on defenseman Travis Hamonic’s shot from the blue line just before the puck sailed over the glove hand of Dubnyk.

Pominville tied the score at 2 with 1:24 left in the second period, when he put back his own rebound. The puck bounced back to Pominville, who fired his second shot just before Islanders center Frans Nielsen slid in an attempt to block the puck.

But Pominville’s goal had not even been announced yet when the Islanders regained the lead on Nelson’s team-leading 20th goal of the season with 41.5 seconds remaining. Dubynk was screened by Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin and didn’t appear to see the puck until it bounced off the top post.

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NOTES: The NHL announced Tuesday that the Islanders’ home game against the Philadelphia Flyers game that was postponed due to the blizzard on Jan. 23 will be made up April 10. ... The Islanders scratched RW Steve Bernier, G Thomas Greiss and D Brian Strait. D Johnny Boychuk (upper body) missed his 10th straight game but skated Tuesday morning and is expected to rejoin the Islanders this week. ... Islanders D Scott Mayfield joined G Jean-Francois Berube in being recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL on Monday. ...The Wild scratched G Niklas Backstrom, D Christian Folin and RW Justin Fontaine. Folin was recalled from Iowa of the AHL on Monday. ... C Ryan Carter returned to the lineup for the Wild after missing seven games with a hand injury.

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