Tavares honored by Islanders, jeered by fans in return to Long Island

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The game started with chants of "J.T. sucks!" followed by more anatomical comments and eventually, "You're a liar!"

Following their matchup with the Maple Leafs, the Islanders will be back in action Friday night as they host the Washington Capitals.

"I've played in some loud buildings before", goalie Robin Lehner said after his 34-save night.

"We played pretty close to a full 60", Lee said.

Mark Zwolinski is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

New York Islanders fans plan to welcome Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) back to the Coliseum as they tailgate before a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

In what then had to be the most well-attended warm-ups of all time, the fans began letting Tavares have it when he hit the ice and every time he got near one of the boards, lined by fans holding derogatory signs.

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Temperatures across the Northeast will hover close to the freezing mark so that the snow will be more of the heavy, wet type. Friday night clears out a bit, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures turning cool and getting down to around 60°.

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. Before becoming an unrestricted free agent after last season, Tavares said he meant to stay with the Islanders. Tavares and his Maple Leafs teammates went into the lion's den, and man, they really got the "royal treatment".

"They always made it tough on the opponent when I played here", Tavares said. "We're fortunate we have 19 games left". "We obviously needed a game like this and we all showed up tonight and put forth our best effort".

The Isles won 6-1 and at least gave the fans some measure of revenge.

Both he and Anders Lee have been just fine since the Tavares departure proving that they are just solid NHL hockey players. NY and Toronto sat tied after the first period, but the Islanders exploded for three goals in the second to take a 4-1 lead. There were highlights of him scoring game-winning goals, including the one that won the franchise its only playoff series since 1993, the overtime tally in Game 6 against the Panthers in 2016.

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

Sticks and the puck photogarphed during a faceoff between the New York Islanders and the New York Rangers on April 4, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Richardson, who scored three goals last season, netted his first hat trick since October 2010. He has also more than doubled his previous career high of nine goals. "A lot of thoughts go through your mind when you feel the blade touch your neck".

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