2. Tavares shoots, Tavares scores

New York Islanders captain John Tavares had an integral role in the team’s regular season success, but by far his most important contribution came during a first-round playoff series with the Washington Capitals that the Isles would end up losing four games to three.

In Game 3, it would take the captain only 15 seconds to put the Caps away and give the Isles a 2-1 series lead.

Down three games to two in Game 6, the skilled playmaker set up Nikolai Kulemin for arguably the franchise’s most important goal of the 21st century.

Justin Weiss is a staff editor at Elite Sports New York, where he covers the New York Islanders and Brooklyn Cyclones. In 2016, he received a Quill Award for Freelance Journalism. He has written for the Long Island Herald, FanSided and YardBarker.