Maple Leafs vs. Islanders: Live score, updates from John Tavares’ return to Long Island

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It has been 242 days since John Tavares signed a seven-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It has been 242 days since he left New York and Islanders followers behind. The expectation is they will not be welcoming him once more with open arms.

“Obviously, I don’t really expect it to be very welcoming return so just going to go out there and try to play the best that I can and just worry about what I can control,” Tavares talked about in a pregame scrum. “There’s a great deal of emotion that bear you nevertheless on the an identical time I can solely administration what I can administration and I merely try to be open and honest with my dedication.

“At the tip of the day, it’s what it’s. Go on the market and play hockey and check out to assist the Maple Leafs.”

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The ultimate time these two teams met, the Islanders shut out the Maple Leafs, 4-0, and whereas there shall be distractions Thursday — and the followers might have their say — Tavares revered his time on the Island.

“It meant the world to me. I all the time mentioned throughout my time right here and I nonetheless say it, it’s an amazing place to play hockey,” he mentioned. “I took loads of pleasure in enjoying right here, being an Islander and being a captain and check out to do every thing I can to assist this staff get to the place we wished to get to. Unfortunately, we didn’t accomplish that. But they’re 9 years I’ll always remember, such an enormous a part of my life and massive a part of who I’m immediately.”

Sporting News is providing keep updates from John Tavares’ first recreation once more on Long Island. Follow alongside underneath. 

Maple Leafs vs. Islanders: Live ranking, updates, highlights

(All events Eastern)

7:18 p.m. — You on a regular basis know when Tavares is on the ice.

7:16 p.m. — Back to even power.

7:14 p.m. — Jordan Eberle bumps Auston Matthews who knocks over Robin Lehner. Islanders head to the flexibility play. If they ranking, this place will erupt.

7:10 p.m. — Tavares once more on the ice to boos as soon as extra and when he loses the puck, cheers. Islander followers exhibiting their dislike for the earlier captain.

7:10 p.m. — Tavares with a extremely transient shift and followers start chanting “We do not want you”

7:09 p.m. — Tavares takes the ice for his first shift and the boos echo throughout the developing. The boos flip into “a—” in a short while.

7:08 p.m. — First puck drop and followers start chanting “J.T. sucks”

7:06 p.m. — Fans loudly sing Canadian and American nationwide anthem. Acoustics are on a regular basis very good on the Coliseum.

7:02 p.m. — Maple Leafs take the ice to boos, again and again, they get louder when Tavares will get on. Fans chanting “a—” and “Let’s Go Islanders”.


6:35 p.m.— Every time Tavares skates in to take a shot he is met with a chorus of boos.

6:30 p.m. — Maple Leafs come out for warmups to boos that develop louder after Tavares will get on.

4:45 p.m. —  Normal for Toronto, not common for New York

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