Penalties hurt Rangers in loss to Isles
Tavares' third NHL hat trick makes difference for home team at Coliseum
Tavares scored a pair of go-ahead, power-play goals and an assist in front of a sellout crowd.
The Rangers had a game for the first time in a week, and the rust showed. They will play four games in Western Canada before their home opener at a transformed MSG on Oct. 27.
Marian Gaborik and Brandon Prust both scored tying goals in the second period for the Rangers, who were outshot 34-31. The Rangers took eight penalties over the course of the game.
The momentum shifted to the Rangers just over six minutes into the second period when they turned a giveaway in the neutral zone into a goal. Brad Richards fired a pass from his blue line to streaking linemate Gaborik deep in the Islanders' end.
Gaborik was all alone when he took the puck on his tape and put it past Evgeni Nabokov for his second goal this season at 6:23.
But the good fortune didn't last for long as the Rangers couldn't get undisciplined play out of their game.