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2012 NHL All-Star Game: John Tavares Selected From New York Islanders

New York Islanders center John Tavares was voted to the NHL All-Star team, it was announced on Thursday.

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The New York Islanders have 36 points, good for just 14th place in the Eastern Conference. They have been outscored by 30 goals this season, fourth-worst in the NHL.

But there is a light shining through the dark night. His name is John Tavares and he's one of the NHL's brightest young stars.

Now he's also an NHL All-Star, the Islanders announced on Thursday. Tavares will compete in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 29.

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Tavares leads the Islanders with 39 points, notching 14 goals and 15 assists in 29 games. Through four games in January, the 21-year old already has eight points, running his point streak to six games. Tavares has 12 points in those six games.

His appearance in the NHL All-Star Game will be his first. But hopefully for Tavares and the Islanders, there will be plenty to come.

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