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Who Else But John Tavares

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We toss around words like "redemption" and "breakthrough" and "leadership" so often, it's possible their real meanings get dulled, washed out a bit.

And then there are moments like Sunday night when John Tavares embodies all of them in, hauling his New York Islanders to a place it has not been since the captain was a 2-year-old toddler.

When Tavares circled the Florida Panthers net and tucked home the game winner 10 minutes, 41 seconds into the second overtime period to send the Islanders to the second round for the first time since 1993, it was as though the slate had been wiped clear for an entire franchise and its long-suffering fan base.

"First and foremost, I think our fan base, they've been dying for it, obviously," Tavares said in the Islanders' strangely muted locker room considering the great weight that had been figuratively lifted from their collective shoulders.

In some ways, his performance and the win for the team wiped the slate clean for Tavares, who had an up-and-down season but who might be the best player on the planet right now.


added 8:02am, Christine Simpson of Sportsnet talked with Tavares post-game, watch below...

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Hank1974's avatar

Big fan of Johnny T and really happy for him in a big series win.

However, and this is coming from someone who is neither an Islanders or Panthers fan, how on earth did the refs not make a call on both Boychuck and Martin.
Both guys clearly, CLEARLY, interfered/tripped with Jagr and Trocheck respectively.
Jagr would have been on a clear breakaway. At the very least, that penalty could have resulted in a PPG.
And Trocheck had an empty net to shoot on.
Instead, he’s tripped, the puck goes the other way and Tavares scores to send it to OT.

The typical NHL fan will take a healthy gulp of Koolaid and spout out a cliche about how it’s a good non-call and the refs have to let the players decide it. Heaven forbid they do what they’re paid for and enforce the rules.
And heaven forbid anyone with half-a-brain realize that by NOT calling the rules the Officials HAVE decided the game.

I’m still perplexed as to why the NHL even bothers to pay for officials in the postseason.
They’re clearly there for show. Why not save a few bucks and tell them to stay home?
It would certainly help fans from pulling their hair out trying to decipher what game they are, or aren’t,  watching.

Or better yet, why not make icing and offside a subjective call. Why let the Officials have all the fun??
You certainly don’t want to blow the whistle on a very close offside call in OT of Game 7 do you?
So why have one referee call it as it’s written while the other gets to do nothing but enjoy the best seat in the house for free?

Posted by Hank1974 on 04/25/16 at 09:56 AM ET

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