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Islanders’ Hickey scores in OT to beat Panthers in Game 3

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“(The linesman) said it was not, so we just played it. It was really close”. “He showed it tonight”.

The Blues now lead their Western Conference first-round series against the Blackhawks 2-1. We got puck in deep and got on their defense. “We’ve got to clean some stuff up”.

Pulock I’ll excuse because: 1) his “pass up” situations were justifiable in that his risk was having his shot blocked and going the other way, and 3) he’s a rookie on a short leash, so I don’t blame him for wanting to avoid mistakes. “I just consider it his season”. “That’s the frustrating part”.

Gallant and his team have been resilient all season and like 10-year-old little leaguers after a tough loss who are only concerned with juice boxes and snacks, the young Panthers with nine players making their postseason debuts, got over the overtime defeat quickly. “There’s been some ups and downs, just as there’s ups and downs in a playoff series”, Tavares said before the series, via Arthur Staple of Newsday. “But we found a way”.

Roberto Luongo is running out of gas.

Strome made it 5-3, before Smith got Florida back within one less than a minute later – slamming his gloved hands into the glass in celebration.

But the game came to a grinding holt after 12:31 of overtime.

Reilly Smith opened the scoring for the Panthers at the 4:32 mark of the first period.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is set for Friday night at the BB&T Center.

Game 4 will commence on Wednesday in Brooklyn.

Ben Bishop had 30 saves for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who took the first two games at home despite playing without injured leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos and defenseman Anton Stralman. There is a reason the Islanders tanked their final two regular season games to play an inferior opponent in the Panthers than play the Penguins in the first round. He had 21 saves.

The same pattern followed in the second period as Smith scored early to give Florida the lead again.

“He kills penalties and plays power plays“.

That left the Isles with 1:47 of one-man advantage time, but the Panthers responded immediately after killing off the second power play.

After a tight first period that saw the Panthers take a 1-0 lead, the teams combined for five goals – and the one that was waved off – in the second period. Florida center Nick Bjugstad started the sequence by winning a faceoff, and assists went to Alex Petrovic and Jokinen. Their physicality needs to be taken to a higher level and they have to have more drivers and fewer passengers on each shift. “We have to clean up the unforced errors”. The Cats came inches away from tying the game with seconds on the clock, but Thomas Greiss stood on his head.

The Panthers have held leads in all three games and the opportunity is still there for Florida to return home for Game 5 with the series even. “It’s easier to play when you are excited”. Maybe it’s just me, but I think it is incredible that Rick Nash gets flak for getting too many assists and not enough goals in the postseason, yet Jagr gets a pass. Perception is everything, and people love their pre-determined narratives.

Smith absorbs a hit from Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic.

One of the bigger news in the first round of the playoffs, the Islanders entered the series fourth in the Metropolitan Division and were facing the top-seeded team from the Atlantic Division.

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