What a time for Thomas Hickey to score his first career playoff goal. With under eight minutes remaining in overtime, Hickey buried a puck by Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo to give the Islanders a 4-3 win.
It wasn’t always pretty, but the Islanders will take it. Like Game 1, Game 3 saw both teams trade a lot of goals.
Reilly Smith, who’s been phenomenal in this series, opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the 2016 playoffs (he finished the game with a goal and two assists).
Just over a minute into the second period, Aleksander Barkov extended Florida’s lead to 2-0. The Panthers followed that up with another goal, but Aaron Ekblad‘s goal was waved off after a coach’s challenge (you be the judge).
Instead of it being 3-0 Panthers, the score remained 2-0…but not for long.
Moments later, Islanders rookie Ryan Pulock got the Islanders on the board with a power play goal.
Neither team was able to win the game before the start of overtime. That’s when Hickey stole the show.