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John Tavares returns to Nassau Coliseum to face Islanders

John Tavares returns to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum as a member of the Maple Leafs to face the Islanders on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. It's Tavares' first game back at the Coliseum since leaving the Islanders in free agency on July 1, 2018.

John Tavares #91 and Zach Hyman #11 of
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John Tavares and Zach Hyman of the Maple Leafs look on late in the third period against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders
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Anders Lee of the Islanders celebrates his second period goal against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders
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Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafs with teammate Scott Mayfield at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Valtteri Filppula #51 of the New York Islanders
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Valtteri Filppula of the Islanders scores a goal late during the second period against Garret Sparks of the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders
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Brock Nelson of the Islanders celebrates his third-period goal against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders
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Brock Nelson of the Islanders celebrates his third-period goal against Garret Sparks of the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs skates off the ice as the Islanders celebrate their victory at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders
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Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafs with teammate Scott Mayfield at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs plays the puck during the second period against Robin Lehner of the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs skates against Mathew Barzal of the Islanders during the third period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 and Zach Hyman #11 of
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

John Tavares and Zach Hyman of the Maple Leafs look on late in the third period against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafs with teammate Scott Mayfield at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Garret Sparks #40 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Garret Sparks of the Toronto Maple Leafs surrenders a first-period goal against Anthony Beauvillier of the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Anthony Beauvillier #18 of the New York Islanders
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Anthony Beauvillier of the Islanders celebrates his first-period goal with teammate Mathew Barzal as John Tavares of the Maple Leafs looks on at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs skates during the first period against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs celebrates his team's first-period goal against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders
Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafsat NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders
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Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafs with teammate Scott Mayfield at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Robin Lehner #40 of the New York Islanders
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Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his second-period shorthanded goal against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Johnny Boychuk #55 of the New York Islanders
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Robin Lehner of the Islanders makes a save during the second period against Zach Hyman of the Toronto Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Johnny Boychuk of the Islanders defends against John Tavares of the Maple Leafs during the first period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Mathew Barzal #13 of the New York Islanders
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs acknowledges a video tribute during the first period of a game against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Fans react and hold up banners during player
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Mathew Barzal of the Islanders skates against John Tavares of the Maple Leafs during the first period at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Fans react and hold up banners during player
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Fans react and hold up banners during player warmups before a game between the Islanders and the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Fans react and hold up banners during player warmups before a game between the Islanders and the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Fans react and hold up banners during player
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs warms up before a game against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares of the Maple Leafs warms up
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Fans react and hold up banners during player warmups before a game between the Islanders and the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs warms up before a game against the Islanders at NYCB Live's NAssau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

A New York Islanders fan wears a jersey
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs warms up before a game against the Islanders at NYCB Live's NAssau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

A New York Islanders fan wears a jersey
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John Tavares of the Maple Leafs warms up before a game against the Islanders at NYCB Live's NAssau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

A New York Islanders fan wears a jersey
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An Islanders fan wears a jersey of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

New York Islanders fans arrive for a game
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An Islanders fan wears a jersey of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Christian Forte of East Quogue poses for a
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An Islanders fan wears a jersey of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Steven Silverman (L) of Cedarhurst and Charlie Summers
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An Islanders fan wears a jersey of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

New York Islanders fans arrive for a game
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Christian Forte of East Quogue poses for a photograph with a jersey of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

New York Islanders fans arrive for a game
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Steven Silverman, left, of Cedarhurst and Charlie Summers of Rockville Centre pose for a photograph wearing jerseys of former Islander John Tavares, who will be playing for the Maple Leafs in his first game back on Long Island against the Islanders at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

A jersey of former New York Islander John
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Islanders fans arrive for a game against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Fans pose for a photograph in front of
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Islanders fans arrive for a game against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

Nick Martorano of Lindenhurst poses for a photograph
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A jersey of former Islander John Tavares is seen prior to a game against the Maple Leafs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

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