01 April 2012
Uniondale, NY -- With the Islanders out of the playoffs and after two ugly loses this weekend, there was no one more disappointed about how things have turned out than all-star John Tavares.
The 21 year old has yet to know what the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are like during his three-year career with the Islanders. His team has finished in the bottom five the past two years and is about to again this year.
â€śAnytime you donâ€™t reach your goal and gain that opportunity to compete for the cup it leaves a sour taste in your mouth,â€ť Tavares said somberly after the loss to Ottawa. â€śIt makes it real difficult watching it and we didnâ€™t reach it this year, but thereâ€™s three games now left. We have to stay together, play hard and play with a lot of pride and do the right things. And try to get better and improve for next year.â€ť
This season may be especially hard for Tavares since he has been having a career year. To date, he has a career high 31 goals along with a team leading 78 points. Not to mention, it was a mere four weeks ago that the Islanders were still very much in the playoff hunt, but saw there postseason dreams fall apart after a four game losing streak.
â€śYou go through a lot of ups and downs through the year,â€ť Tavares added. â€śYou want to finish strong no matter what the circumstances are and who youâ€™re playing against. Whether youâ€™re trying to get better as a player and grow and learn the gameâ€¦ We just want to stick together and play better hockey than we have the last few games.â€ť
Tavares and the Isles finish out their season with games at New Jersey; home against Winnipeg; and out in Columbus.
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