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Round 1, Gm 6: Panthers at Islanders

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Five reasons Panthers were eliminated

Inability to preserve leads cost Florida in first round

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said throughout the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders that he was happy with the way his team was playing and he repeated that message after it was eliminated with a 2-1 double-overtime loss in Game 6.

"I thought we played a great series," Gallant said. "I'm not disappointed with my team."

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Five reasons Islanders advanced to second round

Greiss, Tavares, special teams among reasons New York moving on

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

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders have advanced in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1993 after defeating the Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference First Round in six games.

Sparked by the play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, the Islanders won three of four games in overtime, including Tavares' series-clinching goal in the second overtime of Game 6 on Sunday.

Here are five reasons the Islanders advanced to the second round:

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Greiss makes most of opportunity with Islanders

First-time playoff starter outplays Luongo, helps New York to series win against Panthers

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Goaltender Thomas Greiss turned a position in question at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs into one of considerable strength for the New York Islanders.

Greiss, 30, was everything the Islanders had hoped he would be when they signed him to a two-year contract on July 1, 2015.

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Jagr proud to be part of young Panthers

44-year-old doesn't sound like he's ready to retire

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr certainly didn't sound like a player ready to call it a career, even after his season had ended in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Instead, the 44-year-old appeared even more determined and focused on remaining a part of this young, energetic Panthers team that established franchise records for wins and points this season. He was no doubt proud to be a part of it all.

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Tavares takes game to new level in series-clincher

Islanders captain gets tying, double-OT goals, sends New York into second round against Tampa Bay

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

NEW YORK -- The roar from the crowd of more than 10,000 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on that Friday night in June 2009 was deafening before New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow could even get the word "Tavares" out of his mouth.

Snow wasn't in the building that night; he was at Bell Centre in Montreal, ready to select the player he believed would reverse the fortunes of a franchise that, for too many reasons to list in this space, had become a laughingstock to fans and media across North America.

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Instant analysis: Islanders vs. Panthers, Game 6

Tavares ties game, gets winner in second OT to end New York's playoff drought

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

NEW YORK -- John Tavares scored his second goal of the game at 10:41 of double overtime, and the New York Islanders won their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers with a 2-1 victory in Game 6 at Barclays Center on Sunday.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored and Roberto Luongo made 49 saves for Florida, which was less than a minute away from extending the series to a seventh game.

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Tavares scores in double overtime, Islanders advance

Forward has two goals, New York defeats Florida; into second round for first time since 1993

by Mike G. Morreale @MikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares came up big when it mattered most for a franchise starving for a winner.

Tavares scored his second goal of the game 10:41 into the second overtime to give the Islanders a series-clinching 2-1 victory against the Florida Panthers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round and their first playoff series victory since 1993.

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Ferraro recalls Islanders' last playoff series win

Retired forward looks back at New York's upset of Pittsburgh in 1993

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

NEW YORK -- Twenty-three years have passed since the New York Islanders shocked the hockey world by preventing the Pittsburgh Penguins of a Stanley Cup three-peat. Incredibly, the Islanders haven't won a series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since.

Ray Ferraro, their hero of that postseason, will be in the building Sunday when the Islanders try to end the hex in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG+, SUN).

New York leads the best-of-7 series 3-2.

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Five keys for Islanders vs. Panthers, Game 6

New York can win first postseason series since 1993

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

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Florida Panthers play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference First Round series at Barclays Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, MSG+, SUN). The Islanders lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

1. Finish the job: The Islanders haven't won a series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1993, but they've been presented an opportunity to end the hex with a win Sunday. A loss means a flight back to Florida for a Game 7 on Tuesday. They'll try to avoid that at all costs.

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Richards: Greiss, Islanders poised to oust Panthers

Backup-turned-starter is main reason New York can win series with Game 6 victory, former coach says

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 New York Islanders are one win away from their first series win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 1993, and former NHL coach Todd Richards feels goaltender Thomas Greiss is the main reason.

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