Alan Quine plays unlikely double OT hero, Islanders push Panthers to brink of elimination


Alan Quine’s NHL career to date now consists of seven games combined between regular season and playoffs — all this month, too — and one Stanley Cup playoff overtime winner.

Quine, 23, may not be a household name. But he’s put the New York Islanders one victory away from advancing to the second round, after he scored in double overtime to give his team a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Game 5 on Friday.

Not a bad time to get your first NHL playoff goal.

Besides the actual winner, arguably the biggest moment of this game occurred in the first overtime period. After New York defenseman Calvin de Haan was called for closing his hand on the puck in the crease, his goalie Thomas Greiss calmly denied Aleksander Barkov on a rare penalty shot in playoff OT.

If Barkov scores there, this series shifts back to Brooklyn with the Islanders on the ropes. Instead, Greiss made that save — and many more — and Quine scored the winner and the Islanders will go home looking to eliminate the Panthers.

Scary incident in the second overtime, as Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad left the game and didn’t take another shift after awkwardly crashing into the boards.