John Tavares Scores Twice, Lifts Islanders To Win After Controversial Non-Call


The New York Islanders are advancing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but not without a little controversy.

The Islanders were trailing the Florida Panthers with under a minute remaining in Sunday’s Game 6 in the teams’ first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, when John Tavares forced overtime with this goal:

But it probably should have never happened, as the referees appeared to miss a tripping call just seconds before the game-tying tally.

Regardless, the goal counted, and the two teams played into a second overtime until Tavares sent the Panthers packing with a game-winning strike.

The Islanders won the series four games to two, and they will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the next round.

Thumbnail photo via Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports Images

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