John Tavares

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders returns to the bench following a shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Captains Ovechkin, Tavares Get Set For Capitals-Islanders Matchup

The 24-year-old Tavares enters his second career playoff series after finishing fourth to Ovechkin with 38 goals and second in the league — two spots ahead of Ovechkin — with 86 points.

04/14/2015

John Tavares and the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on March 24, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Finally Clinch Playoff Berth With Help From Panthers

The Isles, facing a chance to get back to the postseason for the second time in three years, had been flirting with an epic collapse. But the slate is now wiped clean.

04/10/2015

The Flyers’ Ryan White and the Islanders’ Eric Boulton, left, fight during the first period on April 7, 2015, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Will Definitely Get In, But Still Aren’t Ready For The Playoffs

Despite all the Islanders have accomplished this season, they are not ready. They are not in sync, nor are they consistent or building any sort of momentum heading into the postseason.

04/09/2015

Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the Islanders' John Tavares, right, as he turns with the puck during the second period on Jan. 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Islanders Poised To Clinch Playoff Berth In Philly

With only three games left in the regular season the Islanders are still trying to put a little “X” next to their names in the standings.

04/07/2015

Nick Shore #37 and the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after Shore scored his first NHL goal at 10:37 of the second period against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 26, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Relax, Everybody — The Isles Are Not Down For The Count

It’s very important to remain cognizant of the fact that the Isles are still a young team. I recognize that people get tired of hearing that, but it’s true nonetheless.

03/27/2015

Montreal goalie Carey Price, left, battles against the Islanders’ Matt Martin during the second period at Nassau Coliseum on March 14, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In Search Of Offense, Islanders In Danger Of Longest Losing Streak Of The Season

In the span of a week, one of the NHL’s top scoring offenses has gone in the tank. The hope of a division title has been replaced by a mad scramble to avoid having to go on the road to start the playoffs.

03/16/2015

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 10: Marc Staal, Mats Zuccarello #36, and Kevin Klein #8 celebrate a second period goal by Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers against the New York Islanders during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 10, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The New York Rangers defeated the New York Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Rangers Pull Off ‘Playoff-Type’ Win Over Isles In Perhaps Final Barn Burner

In a season already filled with plenty of good fortune, Rick Nash and the Rangers found a little bit of luck in their last regular-season visit to Nassau Coliseum.

03/11/2015

John Tavares is checked by Dan Girardi and Jesper Fast of the New York Rangers at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Expect Fireworks When Rangers, Isles Meet At The Coliseum

Tuesday night will mark the final Rangers-Islanders regular-season epic at Nassau Coliseum. And with everything that’s at stake, it’s sure to be a good one.

03/10/2015

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 15:03 of the second period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 14, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Isles Storm Back Against Leafs, Seal 4-3 Win With Tavares Goal In OT

John Tavares scored 4:38 into overtime, capping the New York Islanders’ two-goal comeback in a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.

03/09/2015

Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Islanders Have Made Lucrative Offer To Impending Free Agent Boychuk

One day after locking up their best young defenseman for years, the Islanders were reportedly working toward signing their best veteran defenseman long term.

02/25/2015

Nick Leddy (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Breaking Down The 10 Biggest Local Hockey Contracts Of Last 5 Years

Let’s take a look at the 10 biggest deals handed out by the local hockey teams over the last five years.

02/25/2015

Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the Islanders' John Tavares, right, as he turns with the puck during the second period on Jan. 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Capellini: As Islanders Prep For Stretch Run, Tavares Has Taken His Game To A New Level

Long a great player on a team not ready to take the next step, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft has carried himself like a superstar this season and his team has responded in kind.

02/23/2015

Nick Leddy, center, and other members of the New York Islanders celebrates the defenseman’s goal against the Nashville Predators at  Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 19, 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Friedman: At This Point, It Feels Like Only The Islanders Can Stop The Islanders

The Kyle Okposo injury? No problem. Tough loss to the Rangers at home? It’s forgotten about the very next game. There is no quit in this hockey club.

02/20/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates scoring a goal with Josh Bailey #12 against the Boston Bruins during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 29, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Bailey, Tavares Score 2 Each In Isles’ Win Over Blue Jackets

Josh Bailey scored two goals in the first period, John Tavares had two goals and two assists, and the New York Islanders fought off two rallies by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 6-3 victory on Saturday night.

02/14/2015

Phil Jackson (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.

02/04/2015

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