If this was John Tavares final game with the New York Islanders Kurt Coleman Jersey , he certainly made it memorable.
Tavares scored 3:16 into overtime as the Islanders rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the season finale on Saturday night.
Tavares, set to be a free agent in the offseason, broke down the left wing and snapped a wrist shot past Red Wings goalie Jared Coreau on the stick side.
The New York captain, who has repeatedly said he hopes to remain with the only franchise hes played for, downplayed any suggestion that it might be his last goal as an Islander Ryan Ramczyk Jersey , while still savoring the moment.
I think its just a good feeling to win and when you get the winner, it makes it feel a little extra special, Tavares said. Just a good way to finish the year.
Ryan Pulocks power-play goal with 29.7 seconds left in regulation sent the game to the extra period as Detroit squandered a 3-1 lead. It was his 10th of the season, which leads all NHL rookie defensemen.
Anders Lee got his 40th goal and Andrew Ladd also scored for the Islanders (35-37-10), who are missing the playoffs for the second straight year and eighth in the last 11. Thomas Greiss stopped 36 shots to help New York win its third straight Hau'oli Kikaha Jersey , its best streak since a three-game run Jan. 7-15.
Mathew Barzal had two assists for the Islanders to give him 63, tying Bryan Trottiers franchise record for a rookie set in 1975-76. It also tied Barzal with Penguins star Sidney Crosby (2005-06) for the second-most in the NHL by a rookie since the 1983-84 season. Joe Juneau leads that list with 70 for Boston in 1992-93.
Those are pretty impressive players to be tied with, Islanders coach Doug Weight said.
Henrik Zetterberg, Justin Abdelkader and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings (30-39-13), who are also missing the postseason for a second straight season after making it in 25 straight. Larkins goal was his seventh in the last 10 games. Coreau finished with 35 saves.
The loss was Detroits 27th one-goal setback of the season.
Weve kind of seen it before Adam Joseph Duhe Jersey , Zetterberg said. Theres probably a lot of things that can change. I think the inconsistency we have is hurting us.
Lee started the comeback with a backhander over Coreaus shoulder at 6:25 of the third to pull the Islanders to 3-2. He became the franchises first player with 40 goals since Jason Blake in 2006-07.
Thats a big number in todays game, Weight said. Forty goals is something not a lot of people in our league can say they did.
Detroit opened the scoring 7:13 into the game when Zetterberg threw the puck toward the Islanders net from the side boards and it deflected off Tavares past Greiss.
The Islanders tied it 3:51 into the second period as Ladd took a feed from Cal Clutterbuck in the slot and zipped a quick shot by Coreau on the glove side.
Zetterbergs pass in front to Abdelkader banked into the net off Abdelkaders right skate to give the Wings a 2-1 advantage with 8:02 left in the second.
Larkin made it 3-1 at the 4:10 mark of the third period, chipping a loose puck over Greiss as the goaltender was reaching out with his stick to poke it away to safety.
NOTES: Zetterberg played in all 82 of Detroits games for the third straight season. Red Wings C Luke Glendening returned after missing one game with an upper body injury. Detroit placed Coreau on waivers Saturday. If he clears, he will be assigned to AHL Grand Rapids for the Calder Cup playoffs. Abdelkaders goal was his 100th in the NHL. The Red Wings and Islanders combined for 29 goals in three games this season. . Barzal leads all NHL rookies with 27 power-play points.
Islanders: End of regular season. Did not qualify for the playoffs.
Red Wings: End of regular season. Did not qualify for the playoffs.
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