Tavares scored a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning. Tavares scored a pair of goals 26 seconds apart late in the second period to give Toronto a 3-2 lead before they'd eventually fall in overtime. The 31-year-old center has three goals and two assists in his last three contests. Tavares will look to stay hot as the Leafs head back to Toronto for Game 7.
Tavares scored a power-play goal and added an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 Game 5 win over the Lightning. Tavares got the monkey off his back with his first goal of the series early in the second period, cutting Tampa Bay's 2-0 lead in half. His third assist of the postseason helped Morgan Rielly tie it up early in the third. Toronto's leaders stepped up in this one, as the Maple Leafs got goals from Tavares, Rielly, William Nylander and Auston Matthews to take a 3-2 series lead.
Tavares recorded an assist, four hits, two PIM and a minus-2 rating in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Lightning in Game 4. Tavares set up the second of William Nylander's two goals in the third period. Through four playoff contests, Tavares has been mostly neutralized on offense. He has a pair of assists, seven shots on net and a minus-3 rating while adding six hits and five blocked shots from his typical second-line role.
Tavares has one assist and five shots on goal in two games against the Lightning in Round 1. Tavares was trending on Twitter the day after Wednesday's 5-3 loss in Game 2, but fan fury in Toronto is a sport in itself. With line match-ups in the road barn focusing on Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, Tavares will likely have more space to execute and more opportunity to generate offense. Remember -- the pivot managed a great 76-point season in a second-line role, and he has 895 regular-season points in 949 career games. And his 0.79 points per game playoff average is solid despite only having 39 games experience in the second season. Based on line rushes at Friday's practice, Tavares and William Nylander may be reunited to ignite even more scoring .
Tavares (rest) will sit out Friday's clash with Boston, David Alter of The Hockey News reports. Tavares will join Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Jack Campbell as a scratch versus Boston on Friday. The four are all expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs, which could be a rematch with the Bruins. The 31-year-old Tavares is coming off a 76-point campaign after having missed the 75-point mark in each of the previous two seasons.
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