The New York Islanders may not have gotten a win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, but star center John Tavares continued to be one of the most dangerous players in the league as he notched his 13th goal of the 2013 season. The goal moved Tavares into a tie with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the NHL goal-scoring lead.
Tavares has been the most consistent player for the Islanders this season, and has five points in the team’s last five games. His 25 points leads the team, with linemate Matt Moulson right behind him with 23 points. Only four other players on the team have 10 points or more, and none have put together hot streaks like the 2009 first overall draft pick has.
Tavares’ current streak is his fourth multi-game point streak this season. Earlier in the month he was the lone bright spot in a stretch of bad losses for the Islanders, as he scored in five consecutive games and ended up with seven goals in that stretch. He scored a career-high 31 goals for New York last season and seems to get better with each season he plays.
The Islanders haven’t been able to put together wins with much consistency this season, which currently has them fifth in the Atlantic Division standings. With Tavares and Moulson on the team, they have no problems scoring goals and if they can shore up their defense and get a consistent performance from goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, they may still have a chance to reach the postseason.