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Islanders' John Tavares week to week with lower body injury

New York Islanders captain John Tavaresis week to week after being helped off the ice during Friday's 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Late in the third period, Tavares chased a puck around the Devils' net and then pulled up, grabbing the back of his left leg. He stayed down and had to be helped off the ice.

"It didn't look great,'' Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight said after the game. "He caught his foot on the back of the net and kind of jetted out there. Obviously lower body and hate to see it, but I'm always hopeful. We'll let (the trainers) look at him and go from there.''

Despite the win, the Islanders still trail the Boston Bruins by four points for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have five games remaining -- four on the road -- in the regular season as they continue to chase a playoff spot.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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