The Islanders are just a win away from ending their longstanding playoff series hex as they took a 3-2 series lead over the Panthers with a dramatic 2-1 victory in double overtime on Friday night.
Twenty-three-year-old Alan Quine was the hero for the Islanders in Game 5 in Sunrise, Florida as he powered a slap shot at the 16 minute mark of the second OT past Florida goaltender Roberto Luongo.
“Right in my wheelhouse,” Quinetold the AP of the game-winner. “And I just ripped it.”
Frans Nielsen scored the first goal for the Islanders on the night, way back in the first period. Thomas Hickey was credited with the assist.
Florida’s Aleksander Barkov scored the only Panthers goal of the evening, beating Thomas Greissat the 1:59 mark of the third period.
Greiss has been outstanding for the Islanders so far in the postseason. He made 47 saves in Game 5.
The Isles will look to put a bow on the series in Brooklyn Sunday (7 p.m., MSG+, NBCSN).