Islanders Advance For First Time Since ’93
The New York Islanders did something they haven't done in quite a long time last night. For the first time in 22 years, the Islanders won a playoff series and have advanced in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
John Tavares carried the team as he netted both goals in their 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers, including the game-winner in 2OT as the Islanders win the series 4-2.
"It's time we had to get over this hump and push forward," Tavares said. "I don't think we tried to put too much pressure on ourselves knowing we weren't here for all of that, but certainly a lot us have been here for a while and it was time for us."
Tavares scored the game winner on Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo who saved Tavares' first shot, but failed to grab the rebound, leading to the game-winner and series clinching goal.
"When I got the rebound, I realized how far he came out," Tavares said. "I had a good step and just tried to, not take my time, but really make sure I had control of the puck. And obviously once you get around the net, make sure it goes in."
The Isles now get set to face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the conference semifinals.