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Islanders Playoff News: Guess we have a series

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Hopes of breezing through the qualifying round stalled with a Panthers push.

New York Islanders v Florida Panthers
Oh, you can push back, I see.
Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images

Fall behind again, pull ahead again, smother the Panthers again? To see that for the third game in a row, that would’ve been too easy. But going into the third period it almost felt like the familiar script was hitting the screen again.

Then things changed quickly.

Ah well. The Isles have one or two more chances to close out the Panthers, starting Friday at noon.

Islanders News

About yesterday’s lunch:

  • Jenny with our recap, another impressive game from Pageau, and the question many of us had about not starting Thomas Greiss. [LHH]
  • Another strong game from Anthony Beauvillier, too. [Newsday]
  • But the special teams and bad penalties, they hurt yesterday. [Newsday]
  • Trotz: “They found a way to jump on us there, but we kept fighting, we kept trying to find a way, but it just didn’t go our way tonight. We’ll try to change that narrative next game.”[Isles]
  • The Skinny: Stopped a streak of five consecutive playoff games where the Islanders scored a power play goal. [Isles]
  • The third-period letdown hurt. [Post]
  • Semyon Varlamov admitted his mistake leading to the go-ahead goal. [Post]
  • A complete, and season-saving/extending performance from the Panthers. [Miami Herald]

Elsewhere

Yesterday’s other NHL scores include the Coyotes pulling ahead of the Predators, and the Canadiens storming back to pull ahead of the Penguins (tee hee), among other results.

This applies to any game, any time, but particularly last night in Oilers-Hawks:

  • Canucks forward Micheal Ferland is now out for the series, and has gone home reportedly dealing with concussion symptoms. Also: As expected, Capitals forward Lars Eller has left the bubble for the birth of his second child. [NHL]
  • The Jets are dealing with injuries to significant players, with Laine and Scheifele questionable. [Sportsnet]
  • Jake Muzzin’s departure is another opportunity for young Travis Dermott. [TSN]
  • In a flash, the President’s Trophy-winning Bruins are no longer the number one seed. “That part sucks.” No, it’s actually pretty cool. [Sportsnet]
  • A long, melancholy goodbye for Henrik Lundqvist, Brooksie suspects. [Post]
  • Also: Ryan Strome, an RFA with arbitration rights, “did not help his drive for a long-term deal with an abysmal performance.” [Post]