Gerard Gallant: Panthers have to stop blowing leads


Islanders captain John Tavares scored and had two assists, creating Okposo’s victor by forcing a turnover and setting him up with a nifty pass. The former No. 1 overall pick did so after he was hobbled by a teammate’s shot, which left him grimacing on the bench.

It was Hickey’s first Stanley Cup Playoff goal in 11 games.

Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots for the Islanders. We’re willing to bet that Luongo won’t have two bad starts in a row. “I just tried to get it off my stick as quickly as I could”, said Hickey.

Puck drop for the game is slated for 8 p.m. ET and is being nationally broadcast on NBCSN. Let’s welcome the best time of the year by taking a preliminary look at the playoff series that lay ahead.

“He was always a good player. I know he’s skated pretty well for a couple of times but by himself.”…

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves.

Although Nick Bjugstad, the center of Florida’s torrid second line, briefly recaptured the momentum with a rebound goal off a Smith drive, it didn’t slow down the Islanders, who haven’t won back-to-back playoff games in their past five playoff series, dating back to a seven-game, first-round loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2002.

Officials ruled, correctly, that Jonathan Huberdeau was offside as he carried the puck into the Islanders’ zone on the play that led to the Ekblad goal.

“That was probably the turning point in the game”. Panthers D Erik Gudbranson (lower body) returned after missing three games…. After looking unsafe in the first period of Game One, the club’s third line hasn’t done much since.

What makes playoff hockey unique is how adjustments play such a large role from game to game. “They stuck with us and we fed off that”.

Smith and Bjugstad each had one goal and one assist. “Their goalie made some big saves when he had to”. Then, about 40 seconds after Dmitry Kulikov was whistled for clipping, Nielsen tied it with a backhander past Luongo with 3:05 left in the period.

“Overall the power play’s been OK, and I think the PK’s been OK”, Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said during a conference call Monday on the team’s day off. “Sometimes when you don’t use enough guys to kill penalties and your power play guys do both for us, sometimes when there’s too many penalties they get exhausted out”. “We had about five or six minutes of the second period where we didn’t play well and it cost us two goals”. “He’s been great for us all year”.

Three extra trains will be available to accommodate fans heading to the game, as well as four extra trains to get fans back home afterwards.

Tavares and Okposo worked their magic again early in the third, Tavares stealing the puck away from Campbell to set up Okposo and put NY on top to stay. Hickey’s goal gave the Islanders a series lead after three games for just the second time in eight postseason series since 1994. His wrist shot banked wide off the end boards and right out front to Aleksander Barkov, who stuffed home an easy goal 13 seconds after Martin’s minor had expired. Now Jagr, 44, is with the Panthers, and he led the team with 66 points in the regular season.

What makes playoff hockey unique is how adjustments play such a large role from game to game.

The Flyers must find a way to crack Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, who has only allowed one goal on 61 shots through two games. Coach Jack Capuano had a harsher assessment of the game, going so far as to say that the team left Thomas Greiss “out to dry” on Florida’s first two tallies.


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