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Round 1, Gm 3: Panthers at Islanders

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Overturned goal is turning point for Islanders

New York gets spark after second-period goal by Florida waved off following challenge

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Situation Room: FLA vs. NYI, Gm3

Situation Room: Ekblad's goal overturned after review

R1, Gm3: After a coach's challenge, the officials determine that the Panthers were offside and Aaron Ekblad's goal is waived off

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NEW YORK -- The turning point in the New York Islanders' 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Barclays Center on Sunday wasn't a goal scored, but a goal that wasn't scored.

Aaron Ekblad beat Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss at 4:08 of the second period, apparently giving the Panthers a 3-0 lead. But the Islanders challenged, contending that the play was offside. The goal was overturned after a video review, keeping the score 2-0 and changing the momentum of the game.

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Hickey plays hero for Islanders again

Defenseman scores in overtime of first postseason game at Barclays Center

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hickey's game-winning goal in OT

FLA@NYI, Gm3: Hickey lights the lamp for OT winner

R1, Gm3: Brock Nelson sends a pass from behind the net to Thomas Hickey, who scores on the wrist shot to give the Islanders a 4-3 overtime win

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NEW YORK -- Thomas Hickey isn't paid to score goals. He's not here to dazzle, to make the kind of play that gets the fans out of their seats, or to consistently set aside the first few minutes after each home game to take one last twirl as First Star.

But the New York Islanders defenseman continues to have a flair for the dramatic, to score when it truly matters most.

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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 / NHL.com 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.

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Hickey lifts Islanders by Panthers in overtime

Defenseman scores at 12:31; New York wins Game 3, takes 2-1 series lead

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Thomas Hickey is no stranger to scoring overtime goals.

Hickey, whose overtime goal on April 5 put the New York Islanders into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scored at 12:31 of OT on Sunday to give the Islanders a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Barclays Center.

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Coach's Challenge: FLA @ NYI - 4:08 of Second Period

Original call is overturned - no goal Florida Panthers

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Situation Room: FLA vs. NYI, Gm3

Situation Room: Ekblad's goal overturned after review

R1, Gm3: After a coach's challenge, the officials determine that the Panthers were offside and Aaron Ekblad's goal is waived off

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At 4:08 of the second period in the Panthers/Islanders game, New York requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Florida was off-side prior to Aaron Ekblad's goal. 

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Florida's Jonathan Huberdeau was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, "The standard for overturning the call in the event of a 'GOAL' call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an "Off-side" infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed."

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Five keys for Islanders vs. Panthers, Game 3

Florida's top line of Jagr, Huberdeau, Barkov needs to get going with series shifting to Brooklyn

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Barclays Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, FS-F). Series tied, 1-1.

Here are five keys for Game 3: 

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Richards: Expect long series from Panthers, Islanders

Former coach says New York needs to 'hold serve' in Game 3

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

For additional insight into the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders, NHL.com has enlisted the help of Todd Richards to break down the action. Richards will be checking in throughout the series.

Richards, 49, was the coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets from 2012-15 and the Minnesota Wild from 2009-11. The Blue Jackets were 127-112-21 under Richards. They made the Stanley Cup Playoffs and lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round in 2014.

The first two games of the Eastern Conference First Round series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders probably didn't end the way they should have. But when you capitalize on giveaways in the offensive zone and get timely goaltending at the other end, anything can happen.

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Tavares making impression on Islanders teammates

Leadership of New York captain fueling play against Florida heading into Game 3

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- This is the third trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for New York Islanders captain John Tavares. He didn't enjoy how the previous two ended.

Judging by how he's performed through the first two games of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Florida Panthers, Tavares is determined to write a different script this time.

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Islanders excited for first playoff game in Brooklyn

Tied series against Panthers shifts to Barclays Center for Game 3

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

Game 3: PANTHERS at ISLANDERS

Eastern Conference First Round

Best-of-7 series tied 1-1

TV: 8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, FS-F

NEW YORK -- After playing 121 Stanley Cup Playoff games at Nassau Coliseum from 1972-2015, the New York Islanders play their first postseason game at Barclays Center on Sunday.

The Islanders, who were 80-41 in playoff games at the Coliseum, moved to Brooklyn this season and went 25-11-5. They're hoping to build on that success and take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers.

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Panthers head to New York healthy, happy

Florida's Trocheck could be option for Game 4 against Islanders

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers headed to New York on Saturday for Games 3 and 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the New York Islanders feeling good about their performance in Games 1 and 2.

The Panthers evened their best-of-7 series with a 3-1 victory at BB&T Center on Friday. Game 3 is at Barclays Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports 2, MSG+, FS-F).

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