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John Tavares suffered a torn left medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus during Canada's 2-1 quarterfinal win over Latvia on Wednesday.

He won't play again this season and his injury sent New York Islanders GM Garth Snow into a tirade on Thursday. "Are the IIHF or IOC going to reimburse our season-ticket holders now? It's a joke," Snow said. "They want all the benefits from NHL players playing in the Olympics and don't want to pay when our best player gets hurt." Tavares ranked third among NHL scorers, with 66 points in 59 games, going into the Olympic break. His absence will hurt the fantasy value of his Isles' teammates.

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John Tavares (knee) will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign.

Tavares reportedly has a torn MCL and might have surgery as a result. Either way, it sounds like he's expected to be ready for the start of training camp. The New York Islanders were already out of the playoff race, so this news shouldn't significantly alter the team's plans. However, it's a terrible end to what was otherwise a great season for Tavares. He has 24 goals and 66 points in 59 games this season.

John Tavares C NYI 2 Months

John Tavares may have suffered "multiple ligament damage" in his knee, according to Arthur Staple of New York Newsday.

He will be re-evaluated on Thursday to better determine his status, but it doesn't appear to be good. Stay tuned.

John Tavares C NYI 2 Months

John Tavares sustained a knee injury in Wednesday's win over Latvia that will sideline him for the rest of the Olympics.

The Islanders return to action on Feb. 27 against Toronto and Tavares' status beyond the Sochi Games is unclear at this time. He didn't have a point in four games for Canada, but he was limited to a mere 10:39 of ice time per match.

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John Tavares skated on the wing during Canada's first practice in Sochi on Monday.

He joined Anaheim teammates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry on what has the potential to be a very dangerous line combination. The trio played together at the 2012 World Championships and they had plenty of success.

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John Tavares lit the lamp for the Islanders, who fell 5-2 to the Avalanche on Saturday night.

Tavares continues to produce at a very high clip -- 24 goals, 42 assists -- but for the most part, his teammates are not following suit. It will be fun to watch Tavares work his magic on the bigger international ice surface in the Olympics. Lubomir Visnovsky also scored and he had an assist in the loss.

John Tavares C NYI 2 Months

John Tavares was hard on the Islanders after Thursday's 4-2 loss to Calgary.

"We basically find ways to lose games more than we find ways to win," Tavares said. Although they managed to make the playoffs last season, the Islanders probably won't even come close to earning a postseason berth this time around. They have a 22-29-8 record, which means that even if they win all of their remaining 23 games, they would still have just 98 points. If you assume that you need at least 90 points to make the playoffs, then they have next to no margin of error left.

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John Tavares' point drought reached four games on Tuesday.

That makes this the longest slump of the season for Tavares. Obviously, when the worst you've done is gone four games without a point, it's been a pretty consistently good campaign. It shouldn't be much longer before he bounces back.

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John Tavares, the New York Islanders' superstar center, has gone three consecutive games without a point.

That's his longest drought of the season. Tavares' line, with Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo, was the toast of the league for a month. Tavares rocketed up the scoring leader chart to second, behind Sidney Crosby, and Okposo put together career numbers. Okposo has continued his pace, scoring his 24th goal Friday night in a 4-1 loss to the Rangers, but the top line continued to sputter. The Islanders are 0-for-19 on the power play during a five-game skid and Tavares showed his frustration Friday by whacking the Rangers' Carl Hagelin in frustration on the hand.

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John Tavares wasn't able to get a point in his first outdoor game.

"It's a great experience, obviously a lot of fun to be out here," Tavares said. "It's disappointing we lost. We really wanted this one. Not just because of the setting, but where we are in the standings." The Islanders have now lost four straight games, squashing whatever momentum they had gained over their recent 10-3-0 run. With just 26 games left in their schedule, it's getting hard to envision a scenario where the Islanders move from last place in the Metropolitan Division to the second Wild Card spot.