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Islanders: Top 5 Moments At Barclays Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Fans arrive for the game between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 26, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Fans arrive for the game between the New York Islanders and the Carolina Hurricanes in Game One of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 26, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 24: John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores the game winning goal at 10:41 of the second overtime against Roberto Luongo #1 of the Flrorida Panthers in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 24, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders won the game 2-1 in double overtime to win the series four games to two. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

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