Panthers vs. Islanders 2016 results: New York wins a playoff series for the first time since 1993

John Tavares was the hero in Brooklyn.

Islanders captain John Tavares has had one hell of a first round. Five goals and four assists — and both the equalizer and game winner in Game 6 — were the difference for New York, who won the game by a score of 2-1 in double overtime.

New York will get the Lightning in Round 2 as the Islanders win their first playoff series in 23 years.

The Panthers had to hold off an early Islanders surge in the first period as New York drew off the home crowd for an advantage. Roberto Luongo stood tall for all seven Islanders shots, and his stability in net was rewarded with a goal. Jonathan Huberdeau tallied his first postseason goal with a minute left in the opening frame, scoring despite being tripped up after pulling the move on Travis Hamonic.

A scoreless second period had no real advantage either way, but the Panthers outshot the Islanders 12-10 in the middle 20 minutes.

Florida had a glorious chance early in the third when goaltender Thomas Greiss was down and out after making the initial save in close. The Islanders defense bailed out the netminder and the game remained scoreless to start the frame.

Luongo came up big again as play swung the Islanders way for most of the frame. However, within the final minute of the game, the momentum swung heavily in the Islanders favor as Tavares potted the equalizer with 54 seconds to play.

However, the goal caused controversy on Twitter as moments before Tavares’ tying goal, a Panther was seemingly tripped up in the offensive zone that would have negated any score.

Double overtime was needed to solve this one, where Tavares once again was the star for the Islanders. The wrap around caught Luongo before he could cover the left post and the goal gave the Islanders the 2-1 win.

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