New York Islanders Clinch Playoff Berth On Hickey’s OT Goal In D.C. (Highlights)

Despite trailing in the third period, the New York Islanders are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs thanks to Thomas Hickey‘s OT goal.

  • New York Islanders 4 (44-26-9)
  • Washington Capitals 3 (55-17-7)
  • NHL, Final, Box Score
  • Verizon Center, Washington D.C.

The New York Islanders used a Thomas Hickey goal 2:13 into overtime to give themselves a 4-3 win in Washington D.C. against the Capitals.

This clinched a playoff berth for John Tavares‘s club.

Speaking of Tavares, it was his beautiful setup that allowed Hickey to net the winner past Braden Holtby (video above).

The never-say-die Isles refused to quit after Alexander Ovechkin gave the Caps an early 3-1 third period lead. Kyle Okposo and Nick Leddy tallied the goals that allowed New York to even things up.

Prior to Hickey’s game-winner, backup goaltender Christopher Gibson made not one, but two point-blank stops.

Next up for the fourth-place Isles will be the Rangers in Manhattan.

3 Stars of the Game:

  1. Hickey (Islanders – D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1
  2. Oshie (Capitals – RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2
  3. Ovechkin (Capitals – LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

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