EBERLE vs TAMPA 9/15
For the first time in 27 years, the Islanders were playing in the Eastern Conference Finals and they were down three games to one heading into game five.
The Islanders showed their no quit attitude throughout the postseason and it was for certain that the Isles were not going down without a fight in this game.
This game was extremely fun to watch and had all the makings of a great playoff game. This one will definitely be shown on Islanders re-runs for decades to come.
Ryan Pulock got the Islanders on the board off of a power-play goal in the first period to give the Islanders an early 1-0 lead. The Lightning answered in the second courtesy of a Victor Hedman slapshot to tie the game at one.
The teams traded chances and the game headed for overtime. In the first overtime, Mathew Barzal had the chance to end the game with a breakaway but was stopped. The teams went back and forth until more than halfway through the second overtime the magic happened.
Tampa had an offensive zone faceoff and won it back to the point. Anders Lee skated to Kevin Shattenkirk to block the potential point shot. Shattenkirk wound up and whiffed. The puck fell right to Lee.
Lee chipped the puck past Shattenkirk and the Islanders had a two on one. The defensemen, Sergachev, skated at Lee to get the puck, which led to a wide-open Jordan Eberle in front. Lee dished the puck to Eberle and Eberle one-timed the puck home to give the Islanders an epic 2-1 win to force a game six.
This goal caused hysteria for all Islander fans around the world and the Islanders definitely did enjoy this goal themselves. Semyon Varlamov had an epic slide to celebrate with Eberle and the rest of the team.
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This past season was filled with so many great moments and moments for the Islanders. All fans are looking forward to seeing the Islanders take the ice for next season and begin their quest for the cup.
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