The Eyes on Isles staff got together to reflect on the New York Islanders season and compiled the top 10 goals of the year. Each of these goals were important for some reason, we’ll rank them and tell you why. Here’s number two:
Called up with two games left in the regular season, New York Islanders forward Alan Quine was not expected by fans to be a postseason star, but the Islanders brass must have seen something very beneficial in adding him to the roster.
Quine was an AHL All-Star in 2015-16, which was his third season spent with the Sound Tigers. He contributed 48 points in 56 games.
In his two regular season games with the big club, Quine scored his first NHL goal. But what was most impressive, was Quine’s performance in the playoffs.
He had four assists in his ten games played, and added a monumental goal to the New York Islanders 2015-16 season.
In Game 5 against the Florida Panthers, with the series tied 2-2, the Islanders held a one goal lead going into the third period.
Jack Capuano’s club quickly found themselves in a predicament when Aleksander Barkov tied the game for Florida just under two minutes into the final frame.
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The third period concluded, and the Islanders and Panthers headed back to their locker rooms to prepare for the second of three overtime games in the series.
With a stellar performance from Thomas Greiss, including a save on rare overtime penalty shot, the teams were sent back to the room again after the first overtime concluded without a goal.
When the second overtime period began, the Islanders knew they couldn’t take any more chances after allowing a penalty shot to be granted in the first overtime.
The Islanders played disciplined and were able to frustrate the Panthers enough to draw two penalties.
After the first power play was unsuccessful, Derek Mackenzie was sent to the penalty box at 14:31 of the period.
Time was winding down, and the change was made, sending out the second power play unit. Brock Nelson carried the puck over the line and was able to dump it in to the left corner of Florida’s zone.
Hickey moved the play to the right side with a pass to Marek Zidlicky, and the two played a quick game of catch allowing the forwards to get into their desired positions.
Zidlicky faked a shot from the point and was able to move puck over to the top of the right circle where Alan Quine was mistakenly unmarked by Florida’s penalty kill.
The puck reached Quine’s stick which had wound up for a one-timer. The shot was a laser, finding the net high glove side on Roberto Luongo, sending the Islanders back home to Brooklyn up 3-2 in the series.
Quine’s snipe was a jump off your couch speechless goal and ultimately shifted a lot of momentum the New York Islanders way, as they clinched the series in the following game. Alan Quine could see some great minutes in 2016-17 after signing a one way contract this summer.