Sunday, April 24, 2016

Islanders Win Series Over Panthers

     The Florida Panthers were defeated in Game 6 by the New York Islanders 2-1 in double overtime on Sunday night at Barclays Center. The Islanders won their first playoff series since 1993. Florida, who lost a second straight playoff game in double overtime to the Isles, have not won a playoff series since 1996.
     The Panthers were able to score with 1:02 remaining in the first period to take the lead 1-0. Jussi Jokinen stole the puck from Shane Prince at the Islanders blue line. Vincent Trocheck picked it up inside the offensive zone and made a short pass to Jonathan Huberdeau at the top right circle. He released a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Thomas Greiss for his first career playoff goal.
     New York finally tied the contest with 53.2 seconds left in the third period after they pulled the goalie. Nick Leddy centered the puck from the right corner to the crease area. Nicolay Kulimen backhanded a shot which was saved by Roberto Luongo, but John Taveres swept in the rebound from the blue paint.
     The game went into double overtime for the second time in three nights and the final result was the same as New York concluded it at 10:41. Kyle Okposo placed a lead pass from the right wing to Tavares at the top right circle and his snap shot from the right-circle dot was stopped. He got the rebound, went around the Panthers cage and scored on a wraparound backhand shot to clinch the series for the Islanders.

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