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Playoff Skinny: Game 5 - Islanders 2, Panthers 1 2OT

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Eastern Conference First Round Game 5

Isles 2, Florida 1 (2-OT)

Overtime is Quine Time! Alan Quine scored a power play goal 16:00 into the second overtime period as the Isles won their longest game in 29 years by defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1 in the fifth game of their Eastern Conference First Round Playoff Series before a sellout crowd of 20,247 at BB&T Center.

Aleksander Barkov had a chance to win the game on a penalty shot at 7:19 of the first overtime but was stopped by Thomas Greiss for one of his 47 saves.

It’s the first time since the 1993 Patrick Division Semi-Finals vs Washington that the Isles have led a playoff series 3 games to 2.

The Scoring:


13:31 NYI Frans Nielsen (3) ASST: Thomas Hickey (1) 1 - 0 NYI




01:59 FLA Aleksander Barkov (2) ASST: Alex Petrovic (3), Jaromir Jagr (2) 1 - 1 Tie




16:00 NYI PPG - Alan Quine (1) ASST: Marek Zidlicky (1), Thomas Hickey (2) 2 - 1 NYI

The Series

Game 1: Isles 5, Florida 4

Game 2: Florida 3, Isles 1

Game 3: Isles 4, Florida 3 (OT)

Game 4: Florida 2, Isles 1

Game 5: Isles 2, Florida 1 (2-OT)

Game 6: @ Isles 7pm Sunday

Game 7: @ Florida (if necessary) Tuesday

The Skinny

The Isles are 10-16 all-time in game 5’s played on the road and 16-20 in game 5’s overall… John Tavares’ playoff point streak ended at 4…The Isles have not won consecutive playoff games since games 3 and 4 vs. Toronto in 2002 but will have their 13th chance at it on Sunday.…The Isles’ playoff power play was 2-34 in 2013 and 2015, but they are 5-18 this season; they have scored power play goals in three consecutive games in one series for the first time since connecting in each of the final five games against Toronto in 2002…It’s also the most PP goals that the Isles have scored in a playoff series since scoring 11 vs. the Leafs in 2002…The Isles scored the first goal in a playoff game for the first time since Game 6 vs. Washington… Jaromir Jagr recorded his 201st career playoff point on the Aleksander Barkov goal. Jagr has 18 assists, but no goals, in his last 36 playoff games…The Isles improve to 4-2-0 in playoff games played on the first night of Passover, including double overtime wins in both 1990 and 2016…Thomas Hickey assisted on both goals for his first multi-point playoff game…The Islanders have won two overtime games in a series for the first time since 1993 vs. Washington, when they won three times in overtime…The Isles challenged the Florida goal for a potential offside but video review was inconclusive. Each team has now scored 13 goals in the series…Alan Quine is the 4th Islander to score his first career playoff goal in this series, joining Shane Prince, Ryan Pulock and Thomas HickeyFrans Nielsen ties John Tavares for the team lead in playoff goals (3).

The Injury

Nick Bjugstad left the game with an injury early in the 2nd overtime. He did not return and no word was given about his availability for game 6.

Overtime is Quine Time

Alan Quine is the first Islander rookie since Kenny Morrow (April 11, 1980 and April 20, 1981) to score an overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He also supplants Morrow as the Islander with the least regular season experience prior to scoring an overtime goal. Quine played two games earlier this month; Morrow played 18 games for the Isles late in the 1979-80 regular season and thus was considered a rookie in both the 1980 and 1981 playoffs.

Quine, Morrow and Thomas Hickey (game 3) are the only players in Islander history to score their first career playoff goal in overtime. Quine, Morrow and Mike Bossy (4/18/1978 vs. Toronto) are the only Isles rookies to score in overtime.

Overtime is Our Time

The Isles are 32-14 (.696) all-time in overtime, including 16-7 on the road. The .696 overtime percentage is the best in NHL history.

This was the 2nd longest game in Islander history and their ninth multiple-OT game. The Isles are now 6-3 in multiple OT games and have won the three longest games in their history.

Florida is 2-7 all-time in overtime. This was the longest Panther home game and their longest since losing to Colorado (Uwe Krupp 44:31) in the clinching game of the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.

All-time Multiple Overtime Games

04/18/87     @     Wsh     W (Pat LaFontaine)      68:47

04/23/16     @     Fla      W (Alan Quine)      36:00

04/20/93     @     Wsh     W (Brian Mullen)     34:50

05/18/93     @     Mtl     L (Stephan LeBeau)     26:21

04/24/93     Vs     Wsh     W (Ray Ferraro)      25:40

04/14/03     Vs     Ott     L (Todd White)     22:25

04/11/85     @     Wsh     L (Mike Gartner)     21:23

05/01/80     @     Buf     W (Bobby Nystrom)     21:20

04/09/90     Vs     NYR     W (Brent Sutter)     20:59

Overtime is Greiss’ Time Too

Thomas Greiss wins his 2nd overtime game and needed to become the first goalie in 18 years to stop an overtime penalty shot.

Overtime Penalty Shots

4/24/96 Joe Juneau (WSH) stopped by Ken Wregget (PIT)

4/23/98 Aleksey Morozov (PIT) stopped by Andy Moog (MTL)

4/22/16 Aleksander Barkov (FLA) stopped by Thomas Greiss (ISLES)

In all three cases the goalie that stopped the penalty shot eventually won the game. Jaromir Jagr not only played in all three games; he had at least one point in all three.

Respect to the Eldest

Marek Zidlicky made his series debut an assisted on the winning goal. Zidlicky (39 years, 79 days) is the oldest player to ever appear in a playoff game for the Isles. This was Zidlicky’s 11th career overtime game and his first OT point. He now has 16 career playoff points (1-15-16).

It’s Finally Over

Alan Quine’s overtime goal ended an Islander 11-game losing streak in Game 5’s (including the last 10 on the road)

2-Apr-88     Vs     New Jersey     DSF     1988     2     4     L

13-Apr-90     @     New York     DSF     1990     5     6     L

26-Apr-93     @     Washington     DSF     1993     4     6     L

10-May-93     @     Pittsburgh     DF     1993     3     6     L

24-May-93     @     Montreal     CF     1993     2     5     L

26-Apr-02     @     Toronto     CQF     2002     3     6     L

17-Apr-03     @     Ottawa     CQF     2003     1     4     L

16-Apr-04     @     Tampa Bay     CQF     2004     2     3     L

20-Apr-07     @     Buffalo     CQF     2007     3     4     L

09-May-13     @     Pittsburgh     CQF     2013     0     4     L

23-Apr-15     @     Washington     1st     2015     1     5     L

Prior to tonight, the Isles last win was in a game 5 was in the 1987 Division Final against Philadelphia. Islander legends Bryan Trottier and Ken Morrow assisted on Randy Wood’s first career goal; it turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 Islander win.


In the series, the Isles have led for 45:55, the Panthers have led for 130:45 and the game has been tied for 171:51(includes 48:31 of OT)

(By percentage: Isles have led for 13% of the series, Panthers for 38% and it's been tied the remaining 49%)

Over 88% of the entire series has been played with no more than a one-goal difference. The Isles had a 2-goal lead for 55 seconds in game 1 and the Panthers led by two goals for 30:20 in game 2 and for 8:35 in game 3. Neither team has had a 3-goal lead at any point in the series.

Point Per Game Man

John Tavares now has 18 points in 18 career playoff games; he is the only Islander other than Mike Bossy (1.24 points per game) to play more than two playoff games for the Isles and average at least one point per game. (Bryan Trottier had 170 points in 175 games, falling just shy of 1.00.)

With 8 goals in those 18 games, only Bossy (.66), Ray Ferraro (.64) and Steve Thomas (.45) have averaged more goals per playoff game as an Islander than Tavares (.44) [Minimum 5 goals]

Playoffs All-time

The Isles improve to 142-116 in 258 all-time playoff games. They are 81-42 at home (including 1-1 at Barclays) and 61-74 on the road. The Isles were 77-32 in home playoff games from 1975 to 2002, but won only three of their last 12 home games at Nassau Coliseum.

Home Sweet Home

The Isles went 25-11-5 on home-ice (55 points). It’s the first time since 1983-84 and 1984-85 that the Isles have earned at least 52 points at home in consecutive seasons.

Road Warriors

The Isles finished their road schedule with a record of 20-16-5. It’s the 10th time in franchise history that the Isles have won 20 road games in a season.

The Shots

Isles 11-7-6-12-6=42

Florida 10-14-6-11-7=48

Shots by Game

· Game 1: Isles 26, Florida 46

· Game 2: Isles 42, Florida 31

· Game 3: Isles 39, Florida 39

· Game 4: Isles 27, Florida 29

· Game 5: Isles 42, Florida 48

· Total: Isles 176, Florida 193

By Division (Regular Season)

The Isles are 18-8-4 in Division games and are 27-19-6 in games against other divisions. They are 8-12-4 vs. the Atlantic Division, 9-4-1 vs. the Central Division, and 10-3-1 vs. the Pacific Division.

How The West Was Won

The Isles went 19-7-2 against the Western Conference, including 12-0-2 at home. The Isles finished with the best record of any Eastern team vs. the West.

In the Nets

Thomas Greiss made 47 saves to improve to 3-2 in the series. It was the second playoff overtime game of his career (2-0). The 48 shots and 47 saves were the most for any Islander since Kelly Hrudey stopped 73 of 75 in the Easter Epic (4/18/-19, 1987 vs Washington).

Roberto Luongo made 40 saves but falls to 34-34 in his playoff career, including 9-10 in overtime.

Power Plays

In the game, the Islanders were 1-5 on the power play while Florida was 0-1.

For the series, the Isles are 5-18 on the power play, while Florida is 2-12.

Power Plays by Game

· Game 1: Isles 1-2, Florida 1-3

· Game 2: Isles 0-3, Florida 0-1

· Game 3: Isles 2-4, Florida 0-3

· Game 4: Isles 1-4, Florida 1-4

· Game 5: Isles 1-5, Florida 0-1

· Total: Isles 5-18, Florida 2-12

The Isles are 3-1 in the playoffs when they score at least one power play goal and 0-1 when they do not. The Isles are 1-1 when they allow at least one power play goal in the playoff and are 2-1 when they do not.

In the regular season, the Isles were 27-5-4 when they score at least one power play goal and 18-22-6 when they do not. The Isles are 13-13-3 when they allow at least one power play goal and 32-14-7 when they do not.

Three is (Usually) a Magic Number

The Isles are 2-0 in the playoffs when scoring at least 3 goals and are 1-2 when they do not.

In the regular season, the Isles were 37-4-2 when they score at least three goals (including shootout winners) and are 8-23-8 when they did not.

One Goal Games

The Isles are 3-1 in playoff games decided by a single goal. The Isles are 0-1 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

The Isles went 21-6-10 in regular season games decided by a single goal including 10-6-0 in regulation. They were 6-5 in games decided in overtime and are 5-5 in shootouts. The Isles are 6-5 in games in which an empty-net goal turns a 1 goal game into a 2-goal game.

First Goal

The Isles are 1-0 in playoff games when they score first and are 2-2 when they allow the opening goal.

The Isles were 29-7-5 in the regular season when they scored first and were 16-20-5 when they allowed the opening goal.

Coach Cappy

Jack Capuano is now 8-10 in playoff games behind the Islander bench. Among the nine New York area teams, only the Yankees’ Joe Girardi has led his team longer than Capuano.

Capuano is only the 2nd coach to lead three Islander teams to the playoffs, joining Al Arbour.

Most playoff wins by Islander coaches:· Al Arbour 123

· Terry Simpson 9

· Jack Capuano 8

· Peter Laviolette 4

· Ted Nolan 1

· Steve Stirling 1

Most playoff games coached (Islanders):

· Al Arbour 209

· Terry Simpson 20

· Jack Capuano 18

· Peter Laviolette 12

· Steve Stirling 5

· Ted Nolan 5

Most playoff series wins:

· Al Arbour 29

· Terry Simpson 1

Most overtime wins/overtime record:

· Al Arbour 26 (26-9)

· Terry Simpson 3 (3-0)

· Jack Capuano 3 (3-3)

· Peter Laviolette 0 (0-1)

· Steve Stirling 0 (0-1)

Ice-time Leaders

Isles: Nick Leddy (38:54); Florida: Erik Gudbranson (33:55)

Isles record by ice-time leaders: Nick Leddy (2-1), Travis Hamonic (1-1)

John Tavares led the forwards with 31:49 of ice time. Isles record by Forward ice-time leaders: Frans Nielsen (1-0), John Tavares (2-1), Tie (0-1)


Isles 43 Florida 52 (45%)

John Tavares won 16 of 32 and Alan Quine won 4 of 4 for the Isles; Derek MacKenzie won 12 of 18 for Florida.

The Isles won 26 of 52 draws in regulation but only 17 of 43 in overtime.

The Isles won 36 of 82 draws at even strength, 7 of 12 on the power play and 0 of 1 on the penalty kill.

Face-offs Game by Game:

· Game 1: Isles 34, Florida 32

· Game 2: Isles 27, Florida 36

· Game 3: Isles 40, Florida 31

· Game 4: Isles 35, Florida 25

· Game 5: Isles 43, Florida 52

· Series: Isles 179, Florida 175

Heavy Hitters

Isles 65, Florida 34. Steve Bernier led the Isles with 9 hits; Matt Martin added 8.

Hits Game by Game:

· Game 1: Isles 40, Florida 39

· Game 2: Isles 32, Florida 22

· Game 3: Isles 48, Florida 40

· Game 4: Isles 28, Florida 32

· Game 5: Isles 65, Florida 34

· Series: Isles 213, Florida 167

Most Hits in a Season (since 2005-06):

1 Matt Martin 2014-2015 NYI 382

2 Matt Martin 2011-2012 NYI 374

3 Matt Martin 2015-2016 NYI 365

4 Matt Martin 2013-2014 NYI 359

5 Cal Clutterbuck 2008-2009 MIN 356

6 Cal Clutterbuck 2014-2015 NYI 343

7 Cal Clutterbuck 2010-2011 MIN 336

8 Cal Clutterbuck 2009-2010 MIN 318


There were no fights in the game and there have been no fights in the series.

Regular season total – 23 (Martin-11, Lee-3, Bernier, Boychuk, Cizikas, Hamonic, Leddy, Mayfield, Okposo, Pulock, Strait).

Blocked Shots

The Isles were credited with 27 blocked shots, including eight by Calvin deHaan,

Most Blocked Shots by an Islander (since 2005-2006)

1 Brendan Witt 2006-2007 207

2 Sean Hill 2006-2007 202

3 Calvin de Haan 2015-2016 198

3 Andrew Mac Donald 2013-2014 198

5 Andrew Mac Donald 2011-2012 185

For the Corsi Crowd

All situations: Isles 68, Florida 96 (Including 24-10 in Florida’s favor in the second period and 25-16 in the first overtime)

5-on-5: Isles 55, Florida 94

The Corsi stat measures shots attempted, both for and against (including blocks).

Steve Bernier led the Isles with a +3 5-on-5 Corsi rating and a 56% Corsi For percentage. Aaron Ekblad led Florida with a +23 5-on-5 Corsi rating.

Corsi (All Situations) Game by Game:

· Game 1: Isles 42, Florida 77

· Game 2: Isles 61, Florida 45

· Game 3: Isles 66, Florida 73

· Game 4: Isles 49, Florida 63

· Game 5: Isles 68, Florida 96

· Series: Isles 286, Florida 354

Corsi (5-on-5) Game by Game:

· Game 1: Isles 37, Florida 68

· Game 2: Isles 51, Florida 39

· Game 3: Isles 54, Florida 65

· Game 4: Isles 34, Florida 47

· Game 5: Isles 55, Florida 94

· Series: Isles 231, Florida 313

Missing Men

Steve Bernier and Marek Zidlicky replaced Ryan Pulock (injured) and Ryan Strome in the lineup.

Others Not Dressed:

Anders Lee

Brian Strait

Mikhail Grabovski

Christopher Gibson

Jaroslav Halak

On The Farm

The Sound Tigers begin their AHL first round series at home on Saturday, against the AHL’s best team in the regular season, the Toronto Marlies.

The AHL First Round is a Best-of 5:

North Division Semifinals – Series “C” (best-of-5)

N1-Toronto Marlies vs. A5-Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Game 1 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Toronto at Bridgeport, 7:00

Game 2 – Sun., Apr. 24 – Toronto at Bridgeport, 5:00

Game 3 – Thu., Apr. 28 – Bridgeport at Toronto, 7:30

*Game 4 – Fri., Apr. 29 – Bridgeport at Toronto, 7:30

*Game 5 – Sun., May 1 – Bridgeport at Toronto, 3:00

The winner of this series will face the winner of Utica- Albany Series in the North Division Finals.

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