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John Tavares | Center

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 209
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John Tavares has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.
The Islanders captain finished second in the NHL scoring race with 86 points in 82 games. That point total was a career-high and he set a personal best with 38 goals in 2014-15 as well. This is his second nomination for the Hart Trophy in the past three years. Apr 29 - 6:47 PM

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John Tavares didn't get a single shot on goal in the Islanders' Game 7 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Tavares certainly wasn't alone as the Islanders managed only 11 shots on goal in a disappointing end to their campaign. "We just didn't skate," Tavares said. "It seemed like we didn't want to make a mistake. All three zones, we weren't aggressive enough . . . That said, it was still 1-1 with 10 minutes to go." Goaltender Jaroslav Halak deserves a lot of credit for that, but he ultimately couldn't bail out his team. For Tavares, this is another good learning experience as it was just his second NHL playoff series.
Apr 28 - 11:32 AM

John Tavares was clearly pumped up as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 to force a Game 7 in a testy first-round series.

Tavares scored a goal and an assist, with his helper on the game-winner by Nikolay Kulemin being most noteworthy, as he drew a ton of attention thanks to Alex Ovechkin's highly questionable hit. Tavares now has six points in as many playoff contests.
Apr 25 - 6:20 PM

John Tavares registered an assist in a 5-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday.

Tavares also had a minus-two rating though and he wasn't happy with his performance. "It's 2-1 going to the third, still a great chance to win the game," said Tavares. "It starts with myself. It just wasn't a good period." Washington now has a 3-2 series lead, so the pressure will be on Tavares and the Islanders to win on Saturday.
Apr 24 - 11:07 AM

John Tavares scored the overtime winner in the Islanders' 2-1 game three win over Washington.

Tavares scored just 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders the win, and a 2-1 lead in the series. Kyle Okposo's goal at the 12:37 mark opening the scoring, and that lead held until Nicklas Backstrom tied the game in the third period. Game four in Long Island will take place on Tuesday night. The goal was Tavares' first of the playoffs. He now has three points in three games in the 2015 post-season.
Apr 19 - 3:13 PM

John Tavares recorded an assist in the Islanders' 4-1 win against Washington in Game 1 of the first round.

Tavares finished second in the NHL with 86 points in 82 contests in 2014-15. He'll need to play a big role in order for the Islanders to go far in the playoffs, but it was encouraging to see them have a commanding game on a night where his offensive production was minimal.
Apr 16 - 9:40 AM

John Tavares registered two points in the Islanders’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

He had a goal and a helper. However, nothing went right for the Islanders tonight in their Coliseum regular season finale. After Jamie Benn's four-point night, Tavares lost out on the Art Ross trophy. He still finished with a remarkable season, 38 goals and 86 points. Further, the Isles lost out on home ice in the first round against the Capitals. Kyle Okposo and Nikolay Kulemin also had a goal and an assist. Eric Boulton picked up the other marker. Nick Leddy had two assists. This figures to be a very exciting series.
Apr 11 - 10:42 PM

John Tavares scored the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Tavares extended his point-streak to five games and has 10 points during that span. The Islanders had already clinched a playoff spot coming into this game but this win locked up the third seed in the Metropolitan Division. New York took many by surprise this year and even though they've struggled in the last few weeks, they have now hit the 100 point mark in 2014-15. Tavares has 37 goals and 84 points in 81 games this season. He should be one of the finalists for the Hart trophy (league MVP).
Apr 10 - 9:42 PM

John Tavares nearly led his Islanders to a comeback win over the Flyers with a goal and two assists, but a soft goal with 2.1 seconds left would seal it for Philadelphia 5-4 on Tuesday night.

Tavares was a man on a mission, leading all skaters with 23:10 of ice time, winning 58% of his draws, blocking two shots, throwing four hits, and sending five pucks to the net. In the end, he's only tied with Sidney Crosby for most points in the NHL with 83 to go along with his 36 goals. All of which are career highs, as well.
Apr 7 - 11:25 PM

John Tavares notched a goal and an assist in the Isles’ 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old has now surpassed the point-per-game rate with 79 points in 78 games this season after collecting five points in his last two contests. Tavares needs two more points to match his career high set in 2011-2012.
Apr 2 - 10:49 PM

John Tavares has three assists in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

The Wings jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period but the Islanders fought back and the game was tied at three after 20 minutes. Tavares helped set up goals by Ryan Strome and Kyle Okposo in the first period and Frans Nielsen in the second period. The 24-year-old has emerged as a legitimate Hart Trophy candidate this season. Tavares has 34 goals and 77 points in 77 games this season. He will come close to reaching his career-high of 81 points.
Mar 29 - 7:47 PM

Do not be surprised if John Tavares and Kyle Okposo are not on the same line Saturday.

Both have struggled since Okposo returned to the lineup seven games ago, so coach Jack Capuano could go back to playing Tavares with Josh Bailey and Anders Lee, a line that played so well together during Okposo's absence. If that is the case, then Okposo will play alongside Frans Nielsen.
Mar 28 - 10:08 AM

John Tavares scored the Islanders' lone goal in a tough 2-1 shootout loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Tavares was a force to be reckoned with, scoring only after following up his own shot for a gritty goal to give the Islanders the lead just before the second period ended. He also led all skaters with eight shots during the game with three takeaways. With the point, he tied Sidney Crosby for the league-lead in points with 74 points on the season.
Mar 24 - 11:09 PM

John Tavares had an assist in a 3-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.

Tavares ended a four-game point drought, which was tied for his longest in his last three campaigns. The fact that four contests without a point is as bad as it's gotten for Tavares in recent years when he's been healthy speaks volumes about his consistency. With 33 goals and 73 points in 73 contests, he's just one point back in the Art Ross Trophy race.
Mar 22 - 10:12 AM

John Tavares hasn't registered a point in his last four games.

That ties his longest scoring drought of the past three seasons and it's his longest skid of the 2014-15 campaign. Tavares is expected to be reunited with Anders Lee and Josh Bailey for Saturday's match against New Jersey.
Mar 21 - 8:42 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Frans Nielsen
3Ryan Strome
4Mikhail Grabovski
5Casey Cizikas
LW1Brock Nelson
2Anders Lee
3Michael Grabner
4Matt Martin
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Josh Bailey
3Nikolay Kulemin
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Calvin De Haan
5Thomas Hickey
6Brian Strait
7Ryan Pulock
8Scott Mayfield
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss