I don't disagree there seems to be a touch of homerism in the three star selection, but I don't think in this case it was very extreme.
I think we've seem far worse in other cities. And it probably comes down to whomever does the selection. Does anyone know who does the selection at home games?
Anyways, Tavares played well for part of the game, but he wasn't the Islanders' best player, Nabokov was. He kept his team in it for the first 40 minutes when Tavares was still sleeping, and still played well for the last 23 minutes.
If it had been my decision, he would have been 3rd star.
While I agree there may be an element of homerism, Tavarez' 3 points were pretty fortunate. And he seemed to be on the ice alot for our goals. The Isles really didn't generate much offense outside of 12minutes of the third period.
Kane and Burmistrov were likely the two best players on the ice tonight. Antro played well, but not deserving of a star.
Tavares was directly responsible for Burmis goal which tied it up. He played it like Burmi would drop pass to buff. If Burmi had, Tavares had a breakaway. Instead Burmi was able to walk into the slot and tie it up.
I don't have a problem with tonight's selection, but snubbing Crosby when he scored two goals (the only ones by his team) did bother me a bit.
Why though? Neither of his goals was spectacular by any means.
Goal 1: It bounced off the top of Pavs' pad and in.
Goal 2: Was a light backhander through Pav's legs.
Again, neither of the goals was highlight worthy, the rest of the game Crosby was almost invisible, except during the "Mario's Poolboy" chants and booing.
Personally Malkin played one hell of a game, that kid has skill. Though Pavs did rob him a few times, I thought he played better than Crosby.
Tavares, aside from his goal (which was a giveaway by Engstrom), he didn't play all that good. Yeah he had 3 points, but that was a matter of him touching the puck first before it eventually made it to the goalscorer.
It was nothing like the play Antro setup with Little burying the goal.