John Tavares Double Overtime Winner in Game 6
Before he was a villain, he was the Islanders biggest hero. For 23 years the New York Islanders couldn’t escape the first round of the playoffs. Whether it was a Game 7 loss in Toronto or a disappointing performance in Washington in 2015 they just couldn’t get it done.
When JT was drafted he was supposed to be the Islanders savior, someone to take them back to the glory days. While that never truly happened he was able to get them out of the first round by putting the team on his back.
The Islanders trailed Game 6 1-0 for most of the way. It looked like they would limp to a Game 7 after having a chance to advance on home ice.
JT was gifted a cookie with under a minute to go putting home the equalizer to send the game to overtime. Halfway through double OT, it finally happened.
Without a doubt, this was the top moment in the history of the Barclays Center. It’s an absolute shame this couldn’t happen at the Coliseum but this felt like their first moment of the new era, an era that would last just five years.
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In 2021, the Isles will have a brand new arena to call their own and everyone should be thrilled but let’s not forget these moments from Brooklyn, as their important memories in our history.