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50th Anniversary Countdown: Top 10 Islanders OT Playoff Goals (No. 6-10)

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Six
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No. 6 - Ken Morrow: Islanders vs. New York Rangers in Game 5 of the 1984 Patrick Division Semi-Finals

There's always a little more nerves watching the Islanders play the New York Rangers. Now imagine it's a decisive game with your cross-town rivals trying to end your four-year reign as Stanley Cup champions. That was the case during Game 5 of the 1984 Patrick Division Semi-Finals.

The Islanders had eliminated the Rangers four times from the playoffs since 1975, but each series ended at Madison Square Garden. This time, the Islanders beat the Blueshirts on home ice and kept the "Drive for Five" alive on Ken Morrow's goal at 8:56 of overtime for a 3-2 win.

Here is how Morrow described the series clincher in "Maven's Memories":

"Al sent me out as part of a line change and then Brent Sutter took a bad-angle shot that resulted in a rebound. The Rangers tried to clear it along their right boards but John Tonelli kept it in. Then Rangers defenseman Reijo Ruotsalainen tried to clear the puck."

"When it bounced off the boards on my right side, I got it, saw an opening and didn't hesitate. I put the shot right on goal and fortunately Patrick Flatley had camped right in front of Glen Hanlon who was screened. Hanlon didn't see the puck and neither did I. As a matter of fact, I didn't know the puck had gone in until I heard it clang off the bottom of the net. Looking backward, I have to say what a relief that was because the Rangers were terrific." 

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