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John Tavares is January’s first star

Feb 1, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

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It turned out to be quite a month for John Tavares. Not only was he named to his first All-Star Game, he took home top honors from the NHL as the league’s first star for January.

In 13 games, Tavares scored nine goals and added 13 assists in helping the Islanders climb out of the Eastern Conference basement. Perhaps the biggest compliment for Tavares comes from who he beat out to take the first star.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin was the league’s second star and after the highlight reel stuff he’s provided this season, his January was just as impressive putting up 12 goals including three game-winners. His 16 points in the month helped lead the Penguins to a nine-game win streak that continues to roll on into February.

Nashville’s Pekka Rinne was no slouch either as the NHL’s third star. Rinne has helped the Predators storm towards the Western Conference lead by going on a 10-game win streak and winning 11 out of 12 starts in January. Rinne held opponents to two goals or less in nine straight games during the month and hasn’t slowed down.

While Malkin’s month may have been flashier and Rinne’s was Atlas-like in holding up the Predators,  Tavares’ work on Long Island isn’t going unnoticed by the league.

  1. letangshair - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Joe Yerdon has the pens on a 9 game win streak. That sounds like he’s predicting another win over the leafs tonight.



    As an avid reader and color commentator of i think it would be a good idea if we start referring to geno by his birth name of pringle can malkin. I know other fans of the greatest franchise to ever grace this earth would also agree. Yes/Yes?

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Who cares? In case you hadn’t noticed, this article was about John Tavares.

      • soupcansid - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        no its not. ITS ALWAYS ABOUT ME!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:52 PM

        OH GOOD LORD. Someone needs to find a real hobby.

  2. seannymo - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    JT is a stud. glad the isles locked him up for a little while…but who knows, snow will probably trade him for close to nothing near the end of his contract. happens to every isles star.

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      Name for me please even ONE player of ANY value who Garth has EVER traded for anything much less close to nothing. That was Mike Milbury’s shtick. And six years is a lot more than a little while. Tavares will be an Islander for life. And Snow haters should at least get their facts straight.

  3. Stiller43 - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Letangshair, (and whatever you are about to post as orpikseyes)


    • letangshair - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      i know it may be a tough concept to grab onto, but there are other people out there funnier and better than you. in this case it happens to be orpikseyes, championpoonslayer, jamesbottomedoutonyourmomneal, and i. all of us are genius in our own way and we all pray to the same being, sidney christ-by.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        I hope some day you get the help you need. Not so much for your sake, but I miss the days when I could come on this site and not be bombarded with the psychotically obsessive rantings of a grade 5 schizophrenic.

  4. bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Be interesting to see what the clowns at ESPN who didnt include JT in their list of top 25 players under 25 say about this.

  5. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    I fully agree 110%. pringles can malkin is a phenomenon on and off the ice. I heard he slayed a dragon with the butt end of his hockey stick in under 20 seconds then wiped his pringles can dick across its bloody face. hes so manly and great. – city of champions

  6. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Who is this John Tavares? Is that the funny little kid they had doing interviews during all star break?? I

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      Why don’t you ask Jordan Staal hwo funny he thinks JT is?

      • richardparksdong - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        Does DiPietro still think hes a badass after Brent Johnson wrecked his face? Or is he still crying. How does a shithead get hurt when he is already hurt.

      • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:30 PM

        RDP responded when Johnson called him out. Johnson called him out because RDP knocked Cooke off his pins. RDP knocked Cooke off his pins because Cooke deliberately ran RDP not once, not twice, but three times in a previous game. So the whole mess of 2/2 and 2/11 goes back to Cooke being a creep.

  7. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Why does it matter what Jordan Foster Can Stall thinks about JT? I’m sure he like everyone else enjoys the babymaking music of James Taylor

    • bcisleman - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Staal spent some time on IR as the result of a perfectly clean hit by JT. It’s possible that he was so discombobulated by the hit that he thought it was James Taylor.

  8. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    omg. sidney crosby himself has officially posted on procrosbytalk. I am speechless!! I just want to let you know soupcan sid that everyone in pittsburgh worships you because you are certainly the god of ice. and for the people outside of pittsburgh, they are so jealous it makes my dick stiff!!! we love u!!!!

  9. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    your gonna lose tonight to the city of pringle can size dicks

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