Enter John Tavares, with one of the easier big goals of his career.
The Islanders frankly looked gassed as time wound down. Trailing 1-0, they had a penalty on Thomas Hickey to kill, then an even later power play on a penalty drawn by Thomas Hickey, and were getting their stars out as much as possible to try to tie the game.
One of them, Nick Leddy, blocked two Panthers chances to seal it with Thomas Greiss pulled for a sixth attacker. Then Leddy rushed the length of the ice, went outside, fed for Matt Martin and Nikolay Kulemin in front -- Roberto Luongo made the stop -- before the puck popped loose, in a wide open section of the crease, for the Islanders captain to deposit it in the open net and send Barclays Center to bedlam once again.
Martin was exhausted and on his back when he heard the crowd erupt to signal his team had tied the game.
The teams headed to their third overtime of the series.