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At today's Winter Classic media event,'s Brian Compton spoke with John Tavares, who said the loss in this year's playoffs to Pittsburgh is still tough.

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"What makes it sting more is how well we played and the opportunity we had," Tavares told Compton. "I think we felt we really had them on the ropes."

Compton also got Tavares' thoughts on the outdoor game for the dot com:

[sny-box]"It's a regular-season game, it's an important game. Obviously it's playing against our rivals, that's exciting," Islanders star John Tavares said. "You just really get to experience all the time you've taken to get to the National Hockey League. Everything it took. A lot of that for me was playing outside."[/sny-box]

Tags: Islanders, stadium series, john tavares
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