The New York Islanders took Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round matchup against the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 double-overtime victory Friday night to take a 3-2 lead in the series.
New York center Alan Quine's first goal of the series was the sudden-death winner at 16:00 of the second overtime period on the power play. But, Isles goaltender Thomas Greiss shared the spotlight, stopping 47 Panthers shots on goal, several point blank.
"He's playing great hockey," said Panthers defenseman Brian Campbell. "We've got to find a way of not hitting him as much, obviously."
Like so many shots, Greiss deflected the post-game praise.
"It's just one of those games where the puck just finds you," he said. "It's just one of those days."
The game was almost decided on an Aleksander Barkov penalty shot at 7:19 of the first overtime period after New York defenseman Calvin De Haan closed his hand on the puck in the goal crease and threw it out of harm's way.
Barkov went to his backhand on the penalty shot, but could not lift it over the left leg pad of Greiss who was sprawling face down in the crease.
"The goalie made a great save," Barkov said. "But, I should have scored."
It was only the third overtime penalty shot in NHL playoff history, including a 1996 penalty shot by Joe Juneau with the Washington Capitals on Ken Wregget of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Penguins' Aleksey Morozov's penalty shot on Andy Moog with the Montreal Canadiens in 1998. All three shots were stopped.
It's the second overtime and longest game of the series at 96 minutes. Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey scored the game-winner in the first overtime period of Game 3 in Brooklyn. He assisted on both goals in Game 5.
Quine's goal came on the Islanders fifth power play of the game and the second in overtime with center Derek MacKenzie in the box for slashing New York captain John Tavares.
"When it went in I had a little jolt of energy," Quine understated.
Tavares also drew a tripping penalty against Jaromir Jagr at 5:06 of the second overtime, but Florida killed it off.
Florida backstopper Roberto Luongo made 40 saves in the goaltending duel.
New York opened the scoring for the first time in the series with center Frans Nielsen notching his third goal of the playoffs at 13:31 of the first period.
Luongo gave up a pair of rebounds in the slot off Nielsen's initial shot and Hickey's follow up before Nielsen made good on his second attempt.
It was the seventh goal for New York's top line in this first round.
The Panthers top line tied the score 1-1 at 1:59 of the third period when Barkov batted into the gaping net a corner pass from defenseman Alex Petrovic, who was fed by Jagr.
It was Jagr's 201st playoff point, but it almost wasn't.
Islanders coach Jack Capuano challenged the goal saying Florida center Vincent Trocheck was offside about 30 seconds before the score, but a review that lasted over three minutes confirmed the original call.
The momentum and shots on goal were about even in the first period, but the Panthers turned up the offense and defense in the second and third before a boisterous crowd of 20,247.
Trocheck was a contributing factor. The Panthers center was welcomed back to the lineup after missing 10 games since March 29 when he broke a bone in his foot by blocking a shot in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Florida Center Nick Bjugstad went face first into the boards in the Islanders zone less than two minutes into the fifth period after being checked by New York center Shane Prince.
He was flat on his back for about three minutes until he was helped off the ice with a bloody cut near his left eye.
Home ice has not been a factor in the series with both teams splitting the first two games at the BB&T Center and the next two at the Barclays Center.
The stage is set for a potentially decisive Game 6 Sunday in Brooklyn.
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