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SportCizikas helps Islanders beat Leafs 6-1 in Tavares' return

05:20  01 march  2019
05:20  01 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Lehner makes 36 saves, Islanders blank Canucks 4-0

Lehner makes 36 saves, Islanders blank Canucks 4-0 Robin Lehner made 36 saves for his fourth shutout of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 Saturday.Casey Cizikas, Ryan Pulock, Anthony Beauvillier and Cal Clutterbuck scored for the Islanders.Jacob Markstrom had 20 saves for Vancouver, which lost its third straight game as it battled for a wild-card spot in the tough Western Conference.Cizikas opened the scoring 4:48 into the first period, taking a bouncing puck and tapping it past Markstrom. He has five goals in his last six games. Devon Toews picked up an assist on the play, extending his point streak to five games. It was the rookie defenseman's first NHL game in Vancouver.

Casey Cizikas scored twice and the Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night. Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee, Valtteri Filppula and Brock Nelson also scored to help New York get the win after losing three of its last four. “They were good the entire game,” Cizikas said of the fans.

Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 1 in former captain John Tavares ' first time back as a visiting player. Islanders fans, vocal on social media about their lingering displeasure with Tavares ' departure after he repeatedly said he wanted to stay, booed

Cizikas helps Islanders beat Leafs 6-1 in Tavares' return© The Associated Press New York Islanders fans express their sentiments toward Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares, who left for Toronto in the offseason after saying he would stay with the Islanders, during the first period of an NHL hockey game between the teams Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 Thursday night in former captain John Tavares' first time back as a visiting player.

Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Islanders, who had lost three of their last four. Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck each had two assists, and Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to help New York move two points ahead of Washington atop the Metropolitan Division one night before hosting the Capitals. The Islanders' 81 points are one more than they had all of last season.

Tavares on Long Island return: 'I really embraced being an Islander'

Tavares on Long Island return: 'I really embraced being an Islander' After leaving the New York Islanders for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer, John Tavares will finally return to Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night. "I grew a lot in my time there and really thankful for the impact a lot of people had on me," Tavares said on Tuesday, according to TSN's Mark Masters. "I'm not trying to overthink it. I just try and go out there and be myself and play and help the Maple Leafs." Tavares gave the Islanders new life, and his decision to leave cuts deep among fans of a team that hasn't experienced much success in several decades.

New York Islanders fans express their sentiments toward Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares , who left for Toronto in the offseason after UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night in former captain John

+ UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Energized by a raucous home crowd that vehemently booed and serenaded former captain John Tavares in his first time back as a visiting player, the New York Islanders steamrolled the Toronto Maple Leafs .

BOX SCORE: ISLANDERS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 1

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.

They also serenaded him with choruses of "We Don't Need You!" and other derisive chants throughout the game, including around a video tribute midway through the first period. The face of the franchise for nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall by New York in 2009, Tavares insisted he agonized over his decision to leave before announcing it on July 1, the first day of free agency.

Zach Hyman scored for the Maple Leafs, who had won three straight. Garret Sparks finished with 31 saves.

Jilted Islanders Fans Have Harsh Words For John Tavares In Extremely Long Island Video

Jilted Islanders Fans Have Harsh Words For John Tavares In Extremely Long Island Video Thursday is a very special day in Nassau County. John Tavares returns to the Coliseum (where the Islanders are playing half their home dates, because that Brooklyn thing really isn’t working out) for the first time since leaving the Isles after nine seasons and signing with the Maple Leafs. But it’s not happening under the circumstances most would’ve expected last summer. The surprising Islanders are in first place in the Metro—Tavares’s exit has not left the team nearly so bereft as predicted—and so, the erstwhile captain comes back to a fan base that isn’t merely heartbroken, though they are that, but is feeling pretty damned feisty about it.

Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night in former captain John Tavares ' first time back Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck each had two assists, and Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to help New York move two points ahead of Washington

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Energized by a raucous home crowd that vehemently booed and serenaded former captain John Tavares in his first time back as a visiting player, the New York Islanders steamrolled the Toronto Maple Leafs .

Cizikas got his second of the night for his 19th of the season and seventh in the last eight games, tipping the puck past Sparks 33 seconds into the third to push the Islanders' lead to 5-1.

Nelson got a pass from Jordan Eberle and beat Sparks from the right side for his 20th at 8:41 for New York's sixth straight goal after trailing 1-0 in the first.

Lee gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead 4:49 into the second with his team-leading 22nd goal. Brock Nelson brought the puck up the right side on a 2-on-1 rush, sent a pass back to the left side as he crossed the end line, and Lee put it past Sparks for his fourth goal in six games.

Hyman appeared to tie it with his second of the night at 7:12 off a pass from Mitch Marner. However the goal was overturned after the Islanders challenged for offside on the play, drawing a rousing ovation from the raucous home crowd.

Cizikas extended the Islanders' lead to 3-1 with a short-handed goal as he stole the puck from Tyler Ennis along the side boards, skated up the right side, cut across the front of the goal and beat Sparks through the five-hole with 6:20 left in the middle period.

Johnsson scores twice, Leafs use 4-goal second to top Oilers

Johnsson scores twice, Leafs use 4-goal second to top Oilers Andreas Johnsson scored twice during Toronto's four-goal outburst in a seven-minute stretch to open the second period and the Maple Leafs cruised past the Edmonton Oilers 6-2 on Wednesday night.Mitch Marner

Tavares on Long Island return : 'I really embraced being an Islander '. After leaving the New York Islanders for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night in former captain John

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Casey Cizikas scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night in Islanders fans, vocal on social media about their lingering displeasure with Tavares ’ departure after he repeatedly said he wanted to stay, booed loudly when Tavares and

Filppula made it a three-goal lead as he put in a loose puck in front for his 13th with exactly a minute left in the second.

Hyman put the Maple Leafs ahead 1-0, poking a loose puck in front off a deflection by Marner past Lehner for his 14th with 6:27 left in the first. Hyman has four goals and five points in his last six games.

Beauvillier tied it less than 3 minutes later, firing a return pass from Josh Bailey on a 3-on-1 rush for his 15th.

NOTES: Tavares spoke fondly about playing again at the Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders played during his firsts six seasons. They played all their home games at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and are splitting games between the two arenas this season. "The playoff series we had here were tremendous," Tavares said before the game. "Playing your first game and scoring your first goal and just what that was like. Just the atmosphere that was created here and a lot of those moments." ... 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. ... The Islanders have won both meetings with the Maple Leafs this season, also winning 4-0 at Toronto on Dec. 29. The teams conclude the season series back here on April 1 in New York's home finale. ... Cizikas has four career multigoal games, including three this season. He has also more than doubled his previous career high of nine goals.

Maple Leafs' John Tavares readies for return to Long Island: 'I was proud to be an Islander'

Maple Leafs' John Tavares readies for return to Long Island: 'I was proud to be an Islander' The former Islanders captain will play his first game back on Long Island Thursday.

Casey Cizikas scored twice and the Islanders beat the Maple Leafs 6 - 1 Thursday night. Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee, Valtteri Filppula Beauvillier tied it less than 3 minutes later, firing a return pass from Josh Bailey on a 3-on-1 rush for his 15th. NOTES: Maple Leafs F Patrick Marleau played in

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Energized by a raucous home crowd that vehemently booed and serenaded former captain John Tavares in his first time back as a visiting player, the New York Islanders steamrolled the Toronto Maple Leafs .

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Maple Leafs; Host Buffalo on Saturday night.

Islanders: Host Washington on Friday night.

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