John Tavares continues to emerge as the New York Islanders top player but is hidden in the New York landscape.
John Tavares has finally arrived as a mini superstar. In a city that has eight major sports teams, one player can easily get lost in the crowd. While Tavares has quietly been saving the Islanders for years, now more people than ever see it happen.
The Islanders have been the team New York knows little about and sometimes forgets about, leaving Tavares quietly behind in the list of sports superstars in this city. However what he has recently done in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has gotten him more attention.
Tavares has scored six goals and has five assists in seven playoff games. The Islanders behind Tavares and goalie Thomas Griess have taken the Islanders into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.
The heroics of the Tavares were seen in every game of the first round. Currently, he leads in the NHL playoffs in goals scored. The biggest goals of his career would come during game 6. Tavares would start his big night scoring a goal with less than a minute left in the game, tying the game and sending fans into a pandemonium of what they just saw. After a quiet first overtime period. Tavares would step up once again in the second overtime. With 10:47 left on the clock Tavares scored on a wrap around, sending the Islanders to the second round for the first time in twenty-three years. A moment sure to get him some recognition in the New York sports scene.
In the second round, Tavares looks to shine once again. Tampa Bay will be a tough series, and he will look for all the opportunities he can get. The Islanders being a relativity-young team, have a lot of learning to do. As Tavares reaches into his veteran years, he will have to step up and show the younger players teamwork and having the right attitude. Now that more people have their eyes on him, it will be up to Tavares to keep playing at a bigger level and a leader. So far we seen this team responds well to his leadership and hopefully will continue to as long as he is the captain. Among the many leaders in the league, fans can clearly see why he is one of the best.