After really hitting a wall in the last 20 or so games, John Tavares erupted for a memorable 5 point night against Vancouver on Tuesday, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists. The Islanders won the game 5-2. By the way, the last time the Islanders won in Vancouver (1999), John Tavares was 8 years old.
According to Islanders statistician and good GHL friend Eric Hornick, Tavares equaled a Islanders' team record. Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Pat Lafontaine and Mikko Makela (remember him?!) all had 5 points in a game in their rookie seasons.
Interestingly, only 5 NHL rookies have ever had better nights:
8-Peter Stastny, Feb 22, 1981
8-Anton Stastny, Feb 22, 1981
7-Wayne Gretzky, Feb 15, 1980
7-Sergei Makarov, Feb 25, 1990
6-Wayne Gretzky, Mar 29, 1980
6-Gary Suter, Apr 4, 1986
You'll notice the Stastny brothers both scored eight points in the exact same game, a crazy 11-7 win over the Washington Capitals. Here's the full game summary, courtesy of the Hockey Summary Project.