Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

John Tavares puts Islanders into Round 2 vs. Lightning

NEW YORK — John Tavares scored a wraparound goal in the second overtime and the Islanders won their first playoff series in 23 years, beating the Panthers 2-1 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday.

The Islanders face the Lightning in the conference semifinals, with Games 1 and 2 at Amalie Arena. The schedule will be released later.

Tavares got the rebound of his shot on Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, skated right to left around the back of the goal and put the puck into an open net at 10:41 of the second extra period.

Tavares also was responsible for sending the game into overtime, scoring on a tip-in with 54 seconds left in regulation.

Jonathan Huberdeau gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead with 1:02 left in the first period.

Islanders 0 0 1 0 1 2
Panthers 1 0 0 0 0 1

First Period1, Florida, Huberdeau 1 (Trocheck, Jokinen), 18:58. PenaltiesJagr, Fla (hooking), 13:29.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesKulemin, NYI (hooking), 10:22; Okposo, NYI (tripping), 17:26; Hudler, Fla (interference), 17:35.

Third Period2, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 4 (Kulemin, Leddy), 19:06. PenaltiesHickey, NYI (interference), 9:11; Huberdeau, Fla (cross-checking), 12:37. First OvertimeNone. PenaltiesNone. Second Overtime3, N.Y. Islanders, Tavares 5 (Okposo, Quine), 10:41. PenaltiesNone. Shots on GoalFlorida 5-12-13-8-4—42. N.Y. Islanders 7-10-15-15-4—51. Power-play opportunitiesFlorida 0 of 3; N.Y. Islanders 0 of 3. GoaliesFlorida, Luongo 2-4-0 (51 shots-49 saves). N.Y. Islanders, Greiss 4-2-0 (42-41).

Capitals 1, Flyers 0: Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had 26 saves and the visiting Capitals beat the Flyers in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Capitals face the Penguins, setting up a marquee matchup of Alex Ovechkin versus Sidney Crosby. Washington, which had a 3-0 series lead, scored two goals over the final three games, but against the Flyers, it was just enough.

Capitals 0 1 0 1
Flyers 0 0 0 0
Capitals 0 1 0 1
Flyers 0 0 0 0

FirstNone. PenaltiesGiroux, Phi (hooking), 13:18; Simmonds, Phi (slashing), 18:13; MacDonald, Phi (high-sticking), 19:03.

Second1, Was, Backstrom 2 (Johansson, Ovechkin), 8:59. PenaltiesBackstrom, Was, double minor (high-sticking), 4:25; Niskanen, Was (hook), 4:30; White, Phi (holding stick), 6:55.

ThirdNone. PenaltiesGagner, Phi (hook), 1:23. SOGWas 12-11-6—29. Phi 5-10-11—26. PPsWas 0 of 5; Phi 0 of 3. GoaliesWas, Holtby 4-2-0 (26 shots-26 saves). Phi, Neuvirth 2-1-0 (29-28). A19,925 (19,537). T2:30.

Stars 5, Wild 4: Jason Spezza scored his fourth goal of the series and added three assists, and goalie Kari Lehtonen and the Stars needed every last one of them to hold off the host Wild to wrap up the first-round Western Conference series in six games. Jared Spurgeon scored two of Minnesota's four third-period goals, and the Wild came within a fraction of an inch of tying it in the last minute when Nino Niederreiter whacked at a loose puck in the crease.

Stars 3 1 1 5
Wild 0 0 4 4

First1, Dal, Klingberg 1 (Spezza, Ja.Benn), 5:56 (pp). 2, Dal, Spezza 4 (Janmark, Eaves), 9:07. 3, Dal, Sharp 3 (Eakin, Ja.Benn), 18:11. PenaltiesDal bench, served by Janmark (too many men), 1:57; Coyle, Min (elbow), 4:16; Scandella, Min (high-sticking), 4:51.

Second4, Dal, Ja.Benn 4 (Sharp, Spezza), 19:36. PenaltiesFiddler, Dal (tripping), 4:48.

Third5, Min, Spurgeon 1 (Granlund, Koivu), 3:48 (pp). 6, Min, Brodin 1 (Haula, Niederreiter), 4:04. 7, Min, Spurgeon 2 (Koivu, Suter), 8:39 (pp). 8, Dal, Goligoski 2 (Janmark, Spezza), 10:28. 9, Min, Pominville 4 (Brodin, Niederreiter), 15:13. PenaltiesRoussel, Dal (hold), 3:10; Johns, Dal (high-stick), 8:22. SOGDal 13-5-6—24. Min 6-7-16—29. PPsDal 1 of 2; Min 2 of 4. GoaliesDal, Lehtonen 3-1-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Min, Dubnyk 2-4-0 (24-19).

John Tavares puts Islanders into Round 2 vs. Lightning 04/24/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2016 12:13am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ryan Callahan encouraged by his return


    Captain Steven Stamkos wasn't the only key Lightning player to make a triumphant return Friday night against Nashville.

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb hates to hear how he "battled through" or "grinded out" a start rather than just dominated, but that's kind of what he did Friday, allowing nine hits and a walk and being charged with two wild pitches but only three runs in earning his 12th win.

  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  5. Ww's Odessabeach makes run at Husker Magic stakes final


    ST. PETERSBURG — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida earlier this month, Ww's Odessabeach remained in her comfort zone.