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Instant analysis: Islanders vs. Panthers, Game 3

Florida has quick start, but it's New York that finishes

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round Series at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey scored the game-winner at 12:31 in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game in Brooklyn.

What we learned: The Islanders have a 2-1 series lead in the opening round for a second straight postseason; New York also won Game 3 in overtime last year against the Washington Capitals, a series New York ultimately lost in seven games.

What this means for Panthers: Florida fell short despite another quick start, scoring within the first five minutes for a third straight game when Reilly Smith scored his fourth of the series at 2:25 of the opening period. The Panthers' power play continues to struggle; they were 0-for-4 in Game 3 and are 1-for-8 in the series.

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What this means for Islanders: The Islanders were 1-for-5 on the power play through the first two games, but they converted twice with the man-advantage in Game 3. Pulock scored his first NHL postseason goal 5:21 into the second period to get New York within one and Nielsen made it 3-3 at 16:55.

Key moment: Florida thought it had taken a three-goal lead when Aaron Ekblad got one past Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss from the right circle at 3:49 of the second period. But Islanders coach Jack Capuano challenged the play, and replays determined Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau entered the zone offsides to keep it a 2-0 game.

Unsung player of the game: Islanders center Alan Quine continued to show he belongs. The 23-year-old once again had chemistry with Prince and Ryan Strome and was a plus-1 in 13:12.

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What's next: There will be two off days before this series resumes with Game 4 at Barclays Center on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, SUN). The Panthers are hopeful center Vincent Trocheck will be able make his postseason debut; he hasn't played since March 29 because of a foot injury.

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