UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 04: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders walks out onto the ice for warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New Jersey Devils at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 4, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
He's a strong kid. He's a competitive kid, and certainly not afraid to go into the corners. He's got the skating ability to escape and help us execute in certain situations, but he's got that competitive nature that's a huge part of it too, especially against a team like this.
— Wild coach Mike Yeo on defenseman Matt Dumba, who used a hard slap shot to score his first career playoff goal in Game 1 win vs. Blues