There were a lot of stars on the ice last night at the Nassau Coliseum, but the one shining brightest was wearing a blue-and-orange sweater, the "A" emblazoned on his left shoulder a seeming understatement of his importance.

When the puck found the open stick blade of John Tavares, the score 3-2 in favor of the Islanders and less than two minutes remaining, it seemed only appropriate the Islanders' 21-year-old superstar would be allowed to tie a bow on his superlative performance.