Carry your cup in your hand and look around. Leaves are brown now. And the sky is a hazy shade of winter. -Simon & Garfunkel
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Back in June, the New York Islanders decided their future should start with the high-scoring, high soaring, never boring, center John Tavares. That night, on Long Island, a Nassau Coliseum packed with Islander fanatics, erupted in applause. Hooray John Tavares! Kid tested, mother approved. Those fans approved of the exciting offensive player they were hoping, no, demanding, their struggling team take. 16,234 screaming Islanders fans couldn’t be wrong. They weren’t.
Last night, Tavares single-handedly erased a 2-0 deficit. Erased a 2-0 deficit with two biscuits in the basket in a 10-minute span in the third period. But don’t get too excited. Don’t try to lose contol and think you like it. It was all for not. The Toronto Maple Leafs skated away with a 3-2 win against the Isles at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night. But don’t blame the rookie.
Rookie rookie, who gets a cookie? Johnny, that’s who. Johnny’s the big winner. Johnny wins. Yes, Johnny scored both Islanders goals in their 3-2 loss at Toronto, but did you know he also did the same thing in the Isles’ 6-2 loss at Philadelphia on Monday? The Isles were shut out in Tampa on Saturday, but did you know Tavares scored the final goal in the club’s 4-1 win at Atlanta last Thursday? Did you know Tavares has now tied the Islanders record for consecutive team goals scored by one player? Did you know he tied a mark set by Bryan Trottier in February 1982? Well, like Bel Biv Devoe, now you do know.
You get your name up there with Bryan Trottier, you’re doing some things. You get your name up there with a guy who wears four Stanley Cup rings with the Islanders and two with the Penguins, you’re doing some things. You get your name up there with a guy who won the Calder, a guy who won the Art Ross, a guy who won the Hart, Conn-Smythe and King Clancy, you’re doing some things. Big things. Important things. Before, John Tavares was just a Youtube video, now he’s the best young player in hockey.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!