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Written by Christian A. | 27 January 2012

Today was NHL All-Star media day up in Ottawa and John Tavares made the rounds. Including sitting down to chat with NHL Network.

In all honesty it was not one of the greatest interviews, the female host thought Tavares still had his 12 game point streak intact and mistakenly thought he was on Team Chara. However, John did discuss how he nearly arrived late for the draft and revealed he’ll be doing the break away challenge during tomorrow night’s skills competition.

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Written by Christian A. | 27 January 2012

Following last night’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft E.J. Hradek spoke with Islanders all-star John Tavares. They chatted about Tavares’s thoughts on the draft and how worried he was about being the last pick in the draft.

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Written by Christian A. | 26 January 2012

Team Alfredsson selected John Tavares in the 16th round during tonight’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.

Below are the rosters for both Team Alfredsson and Team Chara. 


Team Alfredsson

Team Chara


Daniel Alfredsson (Senators)

Zdeno Chara (Bruins)


Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)

Joffrey Lupul (Maple Leafs)


Erik Karlsson (Senators)

Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings)


Jason Spezza (Senators)

Tim Thomas (Bruins)


Jonathan Quick (Kings)

Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)


Claude Giroux (Flyers)

Marian Hossa (Blackhawks)


Kris Letang (Penguins)

Kimmo Timonen (Flyers)


Steven Stamkos (Lightning)

Corey Perry (Ducks)


Brian Elliott (Blues)

Carey Price (Canadiens)


Shea Weber (Predators)

Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs)


Daniel Sedin (Canucks)

Ryan Suter (Predators)


Dan Girardi (Rangers)

Jimmy Howard (Red Wings)


Keith Yandle (Coyotes)

Brian Campbell (Panthers)


Milan Michalek (Senators)

Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)


Henrik Sedin (Canucks)

Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs)


James Neal (Penguins)

Jarome Iginla (Flames)


Alex Edler (Canucks)

Dennis Wideman (Capitals)


John Tavares (Islanders)

Marian Gaborik (Rangers)


Scott Hartnell (Flyers)

Jordan Eberle (Oilers)


Jason Pominville (Sabres)

Tyler Seguin (Bruins)


Logan Couture (Sharks)

Jamie Benn (Stars)

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Written by Christian A. | 22 January 2012

Uniondale, NY --
An overtime goal by John Tavares gave the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares had already scored a goal in the second period to tie the game at one and extend his point streak to a league leading 12 games.

“Johnny is a power force out there,” said Evgeni Nabokov, who made 32 saves in the Islander win. “But I think all five of them are playing as a unit in the offensive zone. That’s what makes them successful. And obviously Johnny’s skill and his talent it shows up.”

The game-winning goal came with nearly two minutes left to play in the overtime period. PA Parenteau sent a no look pass to Tavares, who had made his way through the defense to get to the net. His initial shot was stopped, but he batted the rebound of the air and it found its’ way into the back of the net.

“I knew I had a great chance there once I got ahead of stall,” Tavares said when describing the game winner. “PA made a great play there and [Cam Ward] made a good save, good read on my first shot and lucky enough the rebound didn’t go to far.  I just stuck with it and it just squeaked over the line.”

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Written by Christian A. | 19 January 2012

The Islanders will look to do something they haven’t done since 2007; win in Philadelphia. The Islanders last victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center came back on April 7, 2007 during their late season run into the playoffs.

The Flyers have won 23 of the last 24 matchups against the Islanders, so it’s safe to assume the Islanders are a welcomed sight. Though both teams have identical records in their last 10 games, 6-4-0, as well as an identical 3-2-0 record in their last five games. Both teams are also coming off victories on Tuesday night. The Islanders shutout the Capitals 3-0 and the Flyers downed the Minnesota Wild 5-1.

Players on both sides will look to continue streaks coming into this game, Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier has scored a goal in the Flyers last five games and John Tavares will look to extend his 10 game point streak. Matt Moulson will also look to extend a five game point streak. He has three goals and six assists over the five game span.

The Islanders will start Evgeni Nabokov, who shutout the Capitals on Tuesday, becoming the first Islander goaltender since Tommy Salo did it in 1997. Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.

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Written by Christian A. | 17 January 2012

John Tavares extended his point streak to 10 games and PA Parenteau had his first career multi-goal game in the Islanders 3-0 shutout of the Washington Capitals. The shutout was the teams first one against the Capitals since Tommy Salo did it on March 2, 1997.

The Islanders kept the Capitals to just 17 shots on goal in the game, while they managed to get 28 shots, three of which found their way into the net.

Karl Alzner was called for holding at the 11:17 mark of the first period, which allowed the Islanders their first power play of the game. Tavares scored less than a minute into the power play. Mark Streit directed a shot towards the stick of Tavares and Tavares directed the puck passed Tomas Vokoun. Parenteau put the Islanders ahead 2-0 6:05 into the second period. A bad Capitals turnover in the defensive zone created the Islander scoring opportunity. Parenteau scored his second goal of the game 12:38 into the third period and put the Isles up by three.

Islanders’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov held his own stopping all 17.


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Written by Christian A. | 16 January 2012

The Islanders avoided the shutout, but were defeated by the Nashville Predators, 3-1, at the Nassau Coliseum. Three goals in the first period sunk the Islanders ship, though Islanders all-star John Tavares was able to extend his point streak to nine games.

The first period was one the Islanders did not look prepared to play. For the ninth time this season they let in a goal on the first shot of the game.  Sergei Kostitsyn ripped a shot past the glove of goaltender Kevin Poulin, who was playing in his first game in over a week, to give the Predators an early 1-0 lead. Matt Halischuk scored three minutes later on his teams second shot of the game. A miscommunication between the Islanders allowed Nashville’s third goal of the game at the 11:37 mark. Martin Erat drew Poulin the right side of the net, to compensate for missed defensive coverage, and Erat feed David Legwand who easily put the puck in the net.

The Islanders were outshot in the first period, 12-6, and eventually got better chances later in the period.

Midway through the second period the Islanders had a five on three power play opportunity. They were able to put the pressure on, but Pekka Rinne was able to stand tall and, with the help of his penalty killers, keep the Islanders off the board.

The Islanders would remain without a goal until the 16:02 mark of the period. John Tavares redirect a shot past Rinne to break the shutout, but it would be too little, too late.

In the end it was a sloppy first half to open the game that hurt the Islanders. The team did not look ready to come out and play until after the Predators scored the third goal. Kevin Poulin was clearly still working off some of the rust he had from not playing in over a week. The first goal was one that he’d want to have back. After the first he looked more comfortable and the team overall played well after that first period. They finished the game outshooting Nashville 37-32, but could not find a way to beat one of the top goaltenders in the league.

One of the few good things to come out of the game was that Tavares was able to continue his points streak. He will look to make it a 10 game streak tomorrow night when the Islanders take on the Washington Capitals.

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