Saturday, July 21, 2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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