Islanders fans, vocal on social media about their lingering displeasure with Taveras' departure after he repeatedly said he wanted to stay, booed loudly when Tavares and the Maple Leafs hit the ice for pregame warmups and when they came back out for the start of each period.
"You had two teams who had a little bit of emotion in the game. like I said to the guys after the game, it's good to have the Islanders back".
John Tavares' Thursday return to the Coliseum to face the Islanders as a member of the Maple Leafs went as expected, with boos from spurned fans raining down on the star forward. Garret Sparks finished with 31 saves.
Speaking this week in Toronto, the veteran centre said he hopes his legacy in NY will be that he gave everything, even though that wasn't enough to get the team where it needed to be in the standings. "They know what it takes", he said. Thatcher Demko, playing in the third game of his National Hockey League career, stopped 19 of 24 shots.
"This was the ideal game at the flawless time to show what we were really made of", Cizikas said as the Islanders bucked a losing trend that saw them drop three of their last four games heading into Thursday night.
Jakob Silfverberg didn't want to test free agency, even as the Anaheim Ducks struggle through one of their worst seasons. There may not be a reception such as the one Tavares got from his former team, but let's not forget that we've all been there.
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Noel Acciari had a goal and an assist, and Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand also tallied for the Bruins, who have a 15-game point streak. It was Lee's fourth goal in six games.
Hyman gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 13:33 of the first period when he backhanded a loose puck in front.
NOTES: Maple Leafs F Patrick Marleau played in his 1,639 regular-season game, tying Dave Andreychuk for seventh place on the NHL's career list. NY goalie Robin Lehner recorded 34 saves. "A lot of thoughts go through your mind when you feel the blade touch your neck".
Thanks to an in-season decision to switch the location from mild Brooklyn to madhouse Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, the tough questions, however, should pale in comparison to the hostilities shown from jilted fans. They placed his jersey on the road where cars could run over it - according to one Islanders fan, cars that missed the jersey on their first pass were instructed to drive over it again.
NY sits tied atop the Metropolitan Division with Washington, while Toronto was three back of Boston in the Atlantic heading into Wednesday's home date with Edmonton. It's how and when everything unfolded with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft that gnaws at Islanders fans, although he was well within his right as an unrestricted free agent to do so.