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Tavares picked up two assists and scored the game-winning goal in the shootout Thursday against the Sharks.
That's why he's the star. Tavares has delivered multi-point efforts in all four games to stat the year, giving him an amazing nine points in the early going. As long as he avoids injury, he's in for a huge season -- perhaps his best yet.
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Tavares scored a goal and handed out an assist in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Rangers.
Tavares has opened the season with three consecutive multi-point games, piling up two goals and five assists. It's no coincidence that the Isles are 3-0 on the year.
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Tavares was the game's first star on Saturday when he helped the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Hurricanes. He scored a power-play goal, added an even-strength assist and even picked up a roughing minor.
The goal was his first of the season, but he has five points in his first two games. He just turned 24 and the best is yet to come, and that's saying something considering he scored at a point-per-game pace at age 21. You know what to do.
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Tavares dished out three assists -- two on the power play-- in Friday's season-opening win over the Hurricanes.
A terrific start for Tavares, who appears fully healthy after missing 22 games last season with a knee injury. The Isles' recent blueline acquisitions of Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy will only help Tavares as the season progresses. If Tavares remains healthy, there is no reason he can't reach 80-plus points in 2014-15. What a way to kick off the season.
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Tavares played in the Islanders' final two preseason contests and looks to be at full health entering the regular season.
Tavares entered training camp coming off the season-ending torn MCL and meniscus that he sustained in last February's Winter Olympics, but he did not require surgery and was able to recover completely over the summer. While it remains to be seen who the Islanders will tab for the left wing on the Tavares line, the center showed a strong rapport last season with right winger Kyle Okposo, who broke out with 27 goals and 42 assists over 71 games. Tavares should be able to get the most out of anyone who joins him on the top line, and if health permits, it's well within in his ability to surpass his previous career-high of 81 points in a season.
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John Tavares told a Buffalo radio station on Thursday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and that he's been cleared to resume skating.
"Everything's pretty much back to normal," Tavares told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they're preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good. I'm just happy I'm able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season." Tavares was enjoying an excellent season before he sustained a torn MCL and a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was hurt while playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
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John Tavares thinks the Islanders need to get better at protecting leads.
The Islanders were 15-6-6 when taking a lead into the third period, which was the worst winning percentage in the league in that situation. Every other squad won at least two-thirds of their games when leading through 40 minutes. Tavares also feels the team needs to improve its play at home and on special teams. "We have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, our consistency has to be a lot better," Tavares said. "When we're playing well and doing the right things consistently we're a good team. We showed that last year and we showed that during the stretch from December into January and the young guys showed it at the end of this season."
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John Tavares denied the rumors that he wants to be traded.
"I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There's no part of me that wants to leave," Tavares said. "I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we've still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn't changed." Tavares' season was cut short due to a knee injury sustained during the Olympics. Before that happened, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games with the Islanders in 2013-14.
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John Tavares' recovery from a knee injury is going well.
Tavares isn't expected to return before the end of the regular season, but he should be able to engage in his normal summer workout routine. His season ended when he was hurt during the Olympics. Before that, he had 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games this season.
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IOC insurance will cover the remainder of John Tavares' 2013-14 salary, given that he's out with a knee injury that he sustained while playing for Team Canada.
That's noteworthy because Islanders GM Garth Snow bashed the IIHF and IOC following Tavares' injury. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt," Snow said. For his part, Tavares said he would play for Team Canada again if given the opportunity.