Isles close in on series win, beat Panthers in double OT

Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:45am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Two weeks ago, Alan Quine was in the minor leagues. Now he is a New York Islanders hero.

Quine scored a game-winning power-play goal with 4:00 left in double overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night at the BB&T Center, taking a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

The power play was set up when Panthers center Derek MacKenzie was called for slashing, and that's when the 23-year-old Quine came through, putting an end to an exhausting game.

"Everyone wanted to score before the end of the second overtime, but we weren't worried if it went longer," said Quine, who didn't score his first NHL goal until April 9. "However long it took, we wanted to make sure we didn't let up.

"(Our energy) was low, and then it was high (when New York scored). That gave us an extra jolt."

The close game was indicative of the entire series. Aside from one empty-netter, each of the first five games in this series has been decided by one goal.

Center Frans Nielsen scored New York's other goal, and Thomas Greiss made 47 saves to earn the win.

Greiss' biggest stop came with 12:41 left in the first overtime after Islanders defenseman Calvin De Haan grabbed the puck in the crease, which was ruled an infraction. Panthers center Aleksander Barkov was awarded a penalty shot, but his backhand move was stopped by Greiss.

That was just the third penalty shot in NHL playoff history, and De Haan did not agree with the call.   Continued...

Apr 22, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) gives up the game winning goal to New York Islanders center Alan Quine (not pictured) as left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) celebrates in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports