Islanders edge Panthers in a thriller, Red Wings get crucial win


The New York Islanders rallied from a 3-1 second-period deficit to complete a 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers in the NHL Stanley Cup play-offs on Sunday. 

Thomas Hickey scored the winning goal at 12 minutes and 31 seconds of OT to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. 

The Panthers went ahead just 2:25 into the first period when Reilly Smith found his fourth goal of the post-season, before Aleksander Barkov made it 2-0 early in the second. 

Ryan Pulock pulled one back for the Islanders at the Barclays Center but Nick Bjugstad restored the Panthers' two-goal advantage not long after. 

However, goals from Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen tied the game at 3-3, before Hickey found the match-winning goal deep into OT. 

The Detroit Red Wings secured a much-needed 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning to keep their hopes of progressing in the play-offs alive. 

The Red Wings trailed the series 2-0 but pulled one back through a disciplined display at the Joe Louis Arena. 

Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg were the scorers for the Red Wings, both finding the net in a clinical second period. 

The St. Louis Blues regained their series lead over defending champions the Chicago Blackhawks courtesy of a 3-2 thriller. 

The Blackhawks led twice at the United Center, first through Brent Seabrook and later Artem Anisimov, but Colton Parayko and Patrik Berglund tied the game for the Blues. 

Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was penalised for hi-sticking midway through the third period, allowing Jaden Schwartz to find a winner for the Blues on the power play. 

The Blues now lead their Western Conference first-round series against the Blackhawks 2-1.

Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators extended their series lead over the Anaheim Ducks to 2-0 courtesy of a 3-2 win at the Honda Center. 

Mattias Ekholm, Craig Smith and Shea Weber all scored in-between goals from Andrew Cogliano and Nate Thompson to seal the victory.