Since the coaching change, the Islanders have been one of the top teams in the NHL but entering last night’s game against the Devils, the Isles were on a three game losing streak which allowed the Bruins to gain a wider lead on them in the standings while the Lightning and Hurricanes passed them. So with that, last night’s game against the Devils was more than a must-win, it was a season defining game. Thanks to many power plays, the Islanders were able to defeat the Devils by a final score of 2-1 behind a power play goal by Anders Lee (29th of the season), a perfect shot from Anthony Beauvillier (9th of the season), and 26 saves from Jaroslav Halak. However, the win came at a cost. With a little over three minutes remaining, the Islanders were on yet another power play and up 2-1 in the game. Tavares was behind the Devils net trying to get the puck when he got tangled with Devils’ defenseman Steven Santini and then his leg got caught in the net. Tavares then went down to the ice, holding his hamstring. The play was blown dead and the trainer came out to tend to Tavares who eventually left the game, carried off by Boychuk and Bailey. After the game, Doug Weight said he would be reevaluated the following day. Today is the following day and we have our verdict… Tavares will be out week-to-week.
Here is the injury:
This season Tavares his 28 goals and 38 assists through 77 games and with five games to go in their regular-season it’s safe to say that we won’t see Tavares for the remainder of those games. Hoping for a speedy recovery, John!