Islanders Skate to 4-3 OT Victory over Panthers - NBC New York

Islanders Skate to 4-3 OT Victory over Panthers



    Islanders Skate to 4-3 OT Victory over Panthers
    Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey controls the puck in front of Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

    Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

    Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

    Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

    Reilly Smith had a goal and two assists, and Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjustad also scored for the Panthers. Smith has four goals and four assists in the series. Roberto Luongo stopped 35 shots.

    Florida had several chances in the first seven minutes of overtime, but couldn't get anything past Greiss.

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