Tavares soaked in the "MVP" chants from the crowd, as he became the first Islander since David Volek to score an overtime goal in the postseason. Volek did so in Game 7 of a second round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 14th, 1993 for a 4-3 win. New York had lost their previous 6 overtime playoff games.
The captain's goal was the second-fastest playoff overtime goal in franchise history, behind J.P. Parise's game-winner 11 seconds into OT on April 11th, 1975. That was the team's first postseason game decided in overtime.
The Islanders will host Game 4 of the series tonight.
Meanwhile in Ottawa, it was an unlikely hero that sent the Montreal Canadiens to a commanding 3-0 series lead. Dale Weise scored twice, his first 2 of the playoffs, including the game-winner 8:47 into overtime for a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Sunday night.
Weise hadn't scored a goal since February, but he sent the game into overtime by scoring with 5:47 left in regulation. Torrey Mitchell assisted both of Weise's goals, while Carey Price had 33 saves in the win.
Clarke MacArthur scored the only goal for Ottawa at 11:28 of the first period. Craig Anderson played well in the first game since he replaced Andrew Hammond. Anderson recorded 47 saves in a losing effort.
Montreal will attempt to complete the series sweep in Ottawa on Wednesday night.