John Tavares

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

John Tavares, left, Mikhail Grabovski, center, and Johnny Boychuk of the New York Islanders celebrate a first-period goal by Grabovski against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Jan.  27, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Smooth-Sailing Islanders Will Face Challenges In Second Half

The Islanders are no longer about being a feel-good story or rising above expectations. What they have done so far is set the bar very high.

01/28/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Tavares On WFAN: Islanders Are In No Way Satisfied Following Great First Half

John Tavares has a message for the fans invading arenas all over the East Coast to support the Islanders: We hear you loud and clear.

01/23/2015

Nikolay Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first-period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Get Back On Track, Roll Past Flyers At The Coliseum

Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders reclaimed first place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

01/20/2015

Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Halak Proving He’s A Franchise Goaltender

Maybe Halak wasn’t good enough for the Habs, Blues or Capitals. But the Isles are beyond thrilled that those teams let him go.

01/16/2015

Nikolay Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Isles’ Final Season On Long Island Is Already Feeling Special

After missing the playoffs seven times in nine seasons, the New York Islanders might finally be finding out what it’s like to be on the right side of the breaks.

01/15/2015

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers and Kevin Klein #8 discuss play before a face-off against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: There’s Little Separating Rangers, Isles Ahead Of Tuesday’s Showdown

It’s the game that has New York buzzing. The streaking Rangers and Metropolitan-leading Islanders will lock horns on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

01/13/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Rick Nash (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For The First Time In A Long Time, Islanders-Rangers Is Loaded With Juice

When the Rangers and the Islanders take the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their second meeting of the season, the rivalry will be back front and center in the minds of New Yorkers for the first time in a long while.

01/12/2015

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 09:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his game winning goal at 3:05 of overtime against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 9, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Nets Game Winner In Overtime As Isles Edge Devils 3-2

John Tavares forced overtime with a power-play goal and the scored unassisted with 1:55 left in the extra period to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

01/09/2015

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates with the puck in the first period against the Washington Capitals during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Top Line Woes Are Fixable, But A Trade Is A Last Resort

What is of particular concern to the Islanders is that the third spot on their top line has been a revolving door for much of the season. The solution has yet to prevent itself.

01/09/2015

Dan Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his team after assisting on a goal against the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on December 29, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/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.

01/07/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Leads Isles To 2-1 Win Over Flames

John Tavares scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 2-1 over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

01/03/2015

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