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Eberle Wins It In Double Overtime, Islanders Still Alive

Jordan Eberle scored for the New York Islanders in double overtime to keep the Isles playoff hopes alive and force a Game 6.

Jordan Eberle Scores OT Winner For Islanders
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Jordan Eberle scored his fifth goal of the playoffs, but none bigger than the double overtime winner in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The New York Islanders avoid elimination and will head into a Game 6 situation, hoping to tie the series and really swing the momentum in their favor.

Game 5 was a low scoring affair as the Islanders edge the Lightning 2-1. Only 24 shots were fired on net by New York in more than four 20-minute long periods of hockey, but the sweet pass by Anders Lee to give Eberle a near-can’t-miss one-timer was all it took.

Ryan Pulock picked up the other goal for the Islanders while Victor Hedman scored the loan goal for a Brayden Point-less Lightning team. Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves for the win and earned first-star honors for his performance.

A Confident Eberle Scores Clutch Goals

Canadian fans know how clutch Eberle can be. This is now his second overtime goal in these playoffs and he’s got a knack for knowing when to turn it on.

In the 2009 World Junior semi-finals, Canada was down 5-4 to Russia in the final minute of the semi-final game, with their four-year gold medal streak on the line. With just six seconds left in the game, John Tavares flipped a shot towards the net and Eberle picked up a deflected puck, put it to his backhand and tied the score 5-5.

He’s been known for that goal ever since.

Jordan Eberle New York Islanders
Jordan Eberle New York Islanders

But, if he keeps doing things like scoring big goals in key NHL games, fans may start to remember him for other iconic moments as well. After not scoring at all for the Oilers in their 2017 playoff run, he’s now scored twice in Edmonton in the Conference Finals.

Keith Jones said on the NBC Network after the game, “When he has confidence, he’s a very dangerous player…I can’t imagine how much more confidence he can get than scoring an overtime winning goal.”

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