Skip to content

Tavares on first series: ‘I’ll be thinking about it all summer’

May 11, 2013, 11:44 PM EDT

jtavaresgetty Getty Images

John Tavares and the New York Islanders earned more than a few admirers during their first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but they ultimately lost in six games. Tavares told ESPN’s Katie Strang that his first taste of postseason action will just push him harder in preparation for 2013-14.

“I’ll be thinking about it all summer,” Tavares said.

Tavares, 22, scored nearly a point-per-game in the playoffs (five in six contests) after producing similar work in the regular season (47 points in 48 games).

Beyond the numbers, the budding star often traded highlight reel chances and clever offensive flourishes with Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

Tavares’ team didn’t come out on top, yet the Islanders’ strong play hinted that the future could be brighter.

Latest Posts
  1. Teacher-pest: Blue Jackets add Jarkko Ruutu to staff

    Jul 5, 2015, 2:20 PM EDT

    ruutugetty Getty Images

    Perhaps Blue Jackets prospects can learn from his scrappy ways.

  2. Clune is set to attend Leafs camp after signing with AHL’s Marlies

    Jul 5, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT

    Rich Clune AP

    He shared his story (and struggles) this past week.

  3. Report: Wild’s Haula files for arbitration

    Jul 5, 2015, 10:49 AM EDT

    haulagetty Getty Images

    That doesn’t guarantee that a hearing would take place, though.

  4. Changes continue for Canucks after reportedly letting go of their head trainer

    Jul 4, 2015, 11:20 PM EDT

    AP

    Vancouver started its development camp this weekend.

  5. Report: Contract negotiations between Blackhawks, Kruger ‘progressing OK’

    Jul 4, 2015, 10:10 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    His offensive totals were down, but was regularly used on penalty kill.

  6. Putting pen to paper: Wild re-sign Dubnyk

    Jul 4, 2015, 7:10 PM EDT

    AP

    They had agreed to terms last weekend.

  7. Oilers prospect Draisaitl ‘totally fine’ playing the wing

    Jul 4, 2015, 5:40 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Played 37 games with Edmonton last season before getting sent back to the WHL.

  8. Caps agree to terms with veteran goalie Dan Ellis

    Jul 4, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT

    Dan Ellis Getty Images

    Washington’s AHL tandem has more NHL playing experience than Holtby and Grubauer.

  9. Canucks ink journeyman Blair Jones

    Jul 4, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT

    Blair Jones Getty Images

    He usually gets at least one stint in the NHL per season.

  10. Hoffman files for arbitration after breakout season

    Jul 4, 2015, 10:18 AM EDT

    Mike Hoffman Getty Images

    The two sides reportedly aren’t close to an agreement.

  11. Kings sign McBain to one-year extension

    Jul 4, 2015, 9:09 AM EDT

    Jamie McBain Getty Images

    What role he has could depend on the Kings and league’s decision regarding Slava Voynov.

  12. Blues re-sign Jaskin to one-year contract

    Jul 3, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT

    Getty Images

    Scored 13 goals in 54 games last season.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. Z. Kassian (2517)
  2. M. Richards (2428)
  3. S. Voynov (2361)
  4. B. Saad (2342)
  5. P. Kessel (2304)
  1. B. Richards (2104)
  2. R. O'Reilly (2020)
  3. M. Green (2007)
  4. M. St. Louis (1911)
  5. A. Sekera (1765)