Tavares was backskating near his own blue line when Burish collided with him. He went down immediately, was helped off the ice and did not return. The Islanders announced after the second period that Tavares had sustained a mild concussion and would be evaluated on Monday. The Islanders host the New York Rangers on Monday afternoon.
The 20-year-old center led the Islanders in scoring last season with 54 points and was second with 24 goals. He was the first player taken in the 2009 Entry Draft.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals