29 January 2012
John Tavares made quit the impression during All-Star weekend. Having the chance to showcase his skills during the skills competition on Saturday and the scoring a goal and assist during the All-Star tonight.
Tavares, partaking in his first career All-Star weekend, scored 13:49 into the first period to tie the game at three. Tavares was able to get a rebound, as the puck just sat nearly parallel to the net, and put it into a virtual empty net.
“I had a few great opportunities early and I got a flukey one,” Tavares, who is the first Islander to score a goal at an All-Star game since Adrian Aucoin, told the Islanders website. “I passed it out from behind the net to Weber and he shot it. It hit one of the defensemen on Chara’s team in front and then it lay right beside the goal. It was probably one of the easiest I’ve ever put in. I’ll take it, that’s for sure.”
In the third period Tavares assisted on Milan Michalek’s goal. He made a quick move behind the net to switch directions and get the pass over to Michalek.
“It was nice to get the hometown boys on the score sheet,” he said. “I saw the goalie cheating, standing on the short-side post, so I just went back to him (Michalek) and was happy to set him up for one.”
The Islanders forward will return to his team and try and fight to keep them in the playoff hunt, but Tavares can head back to Long Island knowing he definitely made his mark on the All-Star weekend.
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