If there's one thing you can say about the Islanders, it's that you should never count them out.
After erasing three separate deficits and winning Game 1 in Florida, the Islanders overcame a 3–1 Panthers' lead in Game 3 and headed to overtime, where Thomas Hickey sent Barclays Center into a frenzy by scoring the game-winner at 12:31 into the extra session. The Islanders now lead the series 2–1.
Hickey’s goal was the first playoff overtime goal by an Islanders defenseman in 32 years, when 1980 U.S. Olympic hero Ken Morrow scored the series-deciding goal in Game 5 of a memorable 1984 series against the Rangers. Hickey’s goal was also only the Islanders’ second playoff overtime-winner in 23 years, dating back to the 1993 Patrick Division finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
That series against the Penguins, of course, is the last time the Islanders won a playoff series of any kind. After their win on Sunday, though, the Islanders could punch their ticket to the second round merely by winning their remaining home games at Barclays Center.
Game 4 will commence on Wednesday in Brooklyn.