Stat Line Of The Night — 1/31/12 — John Tavares
After enjoying the festivities of his first ever NHL All-Star Game appearance, it was back to work for John Tavares, as his New York Islanders traveled to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. Unlike every other player participating in this game, Tavares wasn’t afforded to opportunity to rest during the All-Star break this season, but that didn’t seem to slow him down during his first game back.
The 2009 first overall pick made it quite obvious that he was the only All-Star caliber player on the ice last night as he put forth a dominating performance that was highlighted by a three point third period that helped the Islanders escape with the 5-2 road victory. Tavares recorded two goals and one assist during the final 20 minutes of the game, and he also added a first period assist during his four-point performance. That moved him all the way up into a tie for fourth in NHL scoring (53 points), and it also earned him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, January 31, 2012.