Islanders top five goals of the last decade
1. John Tavares OT Winner vs Florida
For the majority of my life, the New York Islanders didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs. From 1994-2015 the Isles went one and done in the playoffs seven times, including a heartbreaker in 2015.
2015 was especially tough because it was the original closing of the Coliseum. In 2016, it looked like the Isles were about to go down that road once again. Late in the third period, the Islanders found themselves down 1-0.
If they lost, again they would have to head back to Florida for a Game 7. At 19:06, John Tavares found a loose puck and was able to beat Roberto Luongo to force overtime.
One OT period wasn’t enough, it would need two. At 10:41 of the period, who else but John Tavares would send the Isles to the second round for the first time in 23 years.
While things ended badly with Tavares, this moment is one of the better ones in New York Islanders history. It was 23 years of frustration let out in one single moment, and it’s still one of the more memorable goals in Islanders history.