But it could certainly have crossed Tavares' mind after the Islanders' 6-1 win Thursday night: Where was this Islander team when I was here? I took a lot of pride in playing here, in being an Islander and being a captain and trying to do everything I can to help this team get to where we wanted to get to. Tavares then went to the Maple Leafs in free agency, near his hometown of Mississagua, and he now plays on the No. 3 team in the Atlantic while the Islanders are winning the Metropolitan. Not exactly. In Tavares' "homecoming" to NY on Thursday, he was jeered mercilessly by the Islander faithful, being called a traitor and a Judas, and some fans repurposed his jersey to reflect their true feelings.
Others opted to burn jerseys that they had already purchased because that'll him!
The division-leading Islanders won, 6-1, their fans chanting "we don't need you", "it's your bedtime" and "where's your jammies?" as the seconds ticked down.
And when it came time for Thursday's game, Islanders fans let Tavares hear it. Six times they were able to put the puck in the net. "They have their feelings and that's out of my control".
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Toronto coach Mike Babcock called the energy from the home crowd "spectacular", and added: "You must be a real special player and a real special person for them to honor you like that because they only boo you if you were important". In what then had to be the most well-attended warm-ups of all time, the fans began letting Tavares have it when he hit the ice and every time he got near one of the boards, lined by fans holding derogatory signs. I embraced being an Islander.
"It meant the world to me", Tavares said of his time with the Islanders. When I was here, I loved it and gave it everything I had.
Marincin has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in seven games with the Toronto Marlies, but his deficiencies continue to be exposed when played regularly in the National Hockey League. "I just tried to be open and honest with my decision".
Nelson got a pass from Jordan Eberle and beat Sparks from the right side for his 20th at 8:41 for New York's sixth straight goal after trailing 1-0 in the first. It was followed by a shorthanded goal from Casey Cizikas at 13:40 that nearly brought the house down and topped by one from Valtteri Filppula at 19:00 to give the Isles a 4-1 lead going into the third.