John Tavares put together a pretty impressive performance in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night. Tavares scored a goal and picked up two assists, as the Isles won the first game of the series 5-4.
The 25-year-old was the star of the show and his teammates noticed.
“Best player in the league,” teammate Travis Hamonic said of Tavares, per Newsday. “I’ve said that a lot. I see him every day and I’m glad he’s on our side. He’s a heck of a player. The last handful of games he’s been carrying us and tonight was no different.”
Tavares’ set up on Frans Nielsen‘s first period goal was spectacular:
“He’s just one of those clutch players,” said Thomas Greiss. “He has so much determination, will. He just makes things happen. He drives so hard. He won’t be stopped.”
Game 2 goes Friday night in Florida.