It had been 23 years since the Islanders won a Stanley Cup Playoff series, but Tavares ended the hex when he scored 10:41 into the second overtime for a 2-1 victory against the Panthers at Barclays Center.
The Islanders captain put a shot on goal that Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo saved. But Tavares followed the play, got the rebound, went behind the net with the puck and stuffed in a wraparound goal to give New York its first series win since 1993.
"You can't even really process it," Tavares said. "I'm glad it went in because my leg starting cramping in that pile. I'm glad I didn't have to skate back down. It was obviously just amazing to look around and just see all the orange and blue. Just incredible."
Video: WSH@PIT, Gm6: Bonino buries rebound to clinch series
2. Nick Bonino, Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 6 of Eastern Conference Second Round vs. Washington Capitals, May 10
The Penguins blew a three-goal lead but advanced to the conference final when Bonino scored 6:32 into overtime for a 4-3 win at Consol Energy Center, eliminating the Presidents' Trophy winners.
The center of the "HBK Line," with Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel, Bonino collected Hagelin's rebound and put it past goalie Braden Holtby.
"It's the best feeling in the game right there, to win a series and have your teammates around you," Bonino said. "I can't put it into words right now. I still have chills, a little bit."
3. Mike Fisher, Nashville Predators: Game 4 of Western Conference Second Round vs. San Jose Sharks, May 5
Fisher ended the longest game in Predators history and the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs (111:12), when he put a rebound past goalie Martin Jones at 11:12 of the third overtime for a 4-3 win at Bridgestone Arena.
The goal helped the Predators tie the best-of-7 series 2-2.
"Just trying to find energy and just play together," Fisher said. "Play simple, try and help each other out. They're doing kind of the same, and obviously play slowed down. You knew it was going to be one of those plays where you just get pucks to the net, rebounds, whatever."
Video: SJS@PIT, Gm2: Sheary wins game off Letang's feed
4. Conor Sheary, Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final vs. San Jose Sharks, June 1
On a set play designed by Sidney Crosby that worked to perfection, the Penguins won an offensive-zone faceoff back to defenseman Kris Letang, who then found Sheary at the left circle. Sheary took a wrist shot that beat Jones at 2:35 of overtime for a 2-1 win at Consol Energy Center.
The goal gave the Penguins a 2-0 series lead in the Cup Final.
"It's surreal," Sheary said. "Important moment. Most important, we got a win and we're up 2-0 right now. It's a good momentum shift for us."
5. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks: Game 5 of Western Conference First Round at St. Louis Blues, April 21
Kane kept the Blackhawks' season alive when he scored 3:07 into the second overtime for a 4-3 win at Scottrade Center.
Chicago survived after blowing a 3-1 lead in the third period. Kane deked around St. Louis forward Troy Brouwer in the slot and shot past goalie Brian Elliott inside the left post. The goal cut the Blues' series lead to 3-2.
"He's a clutch player," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Kane, who scored his 49th playoff goal. "Obviously he's a great player. Not a lot of guys can do what he did or does. Couple of those spin moves tonight were dangerous, and he stuck with it on the other side of the net, so obviously you have to give him credit. He's special and he's special with everything on the line as well."
Video: PIT@WSH, Gm1: Oshie wraps OT winner for hat trick
6. T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals: Game 1 of Eastern Conference Second Round vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, April 28
Oshie, one of the Capitals' big additions prior to the season, completed a hat trick 9:33 into overtime in a 4-3 win against the Penguins in the opening game of the second-round series at Verizon Center.
Oshie won it when he came out from behind the net and slid a wraparound past the pad of goalie Matt Murray.
"It was kind of a foot race," Oshie said. "I figured I wasn't going to be able to get all the way to the net and deke or at least sell a fake. I thought I saw something up top glove there. I didn't think it got really too high. I think it maybe caught him off-guard."
7. Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks, vs. Edmonton Oilers, Feb. 26
Rakell gave the Ducks their seventh straight victory in dramatic fashion against the Oilers at Honda Center. He carried the puck into the offensive zone, split Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl and defenseman Brandon Davidson, and put a backhand shot past goalie Cam Talbot at 1:24 for a 2-1 win.
"Probably one of my better ones," Rakell said. "In overtime, winning the game. It was a good feeling."
Video: WSH@NYR: Ovechkin beats Lundqvist for the OT winner
8. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, at New York Rangers, Jan. 9
After Nicklas Backstrom tied it for the Capitals with 5.7 seconds remaining, their captain won it in overtime.
Ovechkin, who entered the game three goals shy of 500 in his NHL career, scored No. 498 in the first period. No. 499 came 1:25 into overtime when he skated the length of the ice with the puck, got past Rangers forward Rick Nash at the left circle, and shot past goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
"I just started full speed and I saw Nash kind of wave to somebody to take their side," Ovechkin said. "I used my speed to beat him 1-on-1, just made a move in the middle and put it in."
9. Joonas Donskoi, San Jose Sharks: Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, June 4
Donskoi, a rookie, gave the Sharks the first Stanley Cup Final win in their history when he scored 12:18 into overtime for a 3-2 victory against the Penguins in Game 3 at SAP Center.
Donskoi got help from his linemates; forward Melker Karlsson managed to force a bad clearing attempt despite not having his stick and one of his gloves. Donskoi got the puck from Chris Tierney, circled the net and roofed a shot over Murray's shoulder.
"You couldn't have scripted it any better," Sharks center Logan Couture said. "Overtime win, loud. Fans were into it from the start."
Video: Crosby scores first career OT goal to even ECF
10. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 2 of Eastern Conference Final vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, May 16
It took Crosby more than a decade into his NHL career to score an overtime goal in the playoffs.
But Crosby's first was enormous, helping the Penguins salvage a split on home ice in the first two games of the conference final against the Lightning. The goal came 40 seconds into the extra period, when Crosby managed to put a shot from the slot past goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy from one knee for a 3-2 win at Consol Energy Center.
"[I] was just happy," said Crosby, who had played 112 postseason games before getting his first OT winner. "Whether I've scored in the last seven games or haven't scored in the last whatever, it feels good to get rewarded. I think we deserved that one tonight."