Tavares: ‘Need to relax’

The Islanders are thee points out of the playoff race, so John Tavares knows they have to keep a level head.

“When things don’t go our way sometimes, when it’s two or three games in a row, it can definitely build up and go a little over the top,” Tavares said, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

Tavares and the Islanders are looking to bounce back from a 6-1 drubbing against Pittsburgh, but the team is still a little miffed from the 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers. The Islanders didn’t have a power play all night, while the Rangers scored the game winner while on one of their four advantages of the game.

“I wanted to go talk to them after the call in overtime, but I was a little too heated myself and I kind of avoided the situation knowing there was a lot of frustration and a different view on the calls,” Tavares said, according to Staple.

Assistant coach Brent Thompson was suspended for two games after arguing with the refs in the Rangers game. He will return to the bench tonight.

The Islanders face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight, before traveling to Sunrise to play the lowly Florida Panthers on Saturday.