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Beau-tiful Finish: Islanders Eliminate Panthers Off Beauvillier’s Two-Goal Effort



Anthony Beauvillier celebrates his second goal in the Islanders Game 4 win

It was so nice, Anthony Beauvillier did it twice.

Beauvillier scored two goals and helped lead the Islanders to a 5-1 Game 4 victory over the Florida Panthers, and clinched the best-of-five series. It was a fitting end to a dominant series from the Islanders’ winger.

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Friday marked Beauvillier’s first multi-point postseason performance as the Islanders advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 23-year-old recorded both of his goals before the first 20 minutes were up.

Linemate Brock Nelson added the insurance goal in the second period and Mat Barzal cemented the game with a goal late in the third. Jean-Gabriel Pageau added an empty-netter in the closing minutes of the third period.

Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves in net for the Islanders.

“As a group I think coming off four and a half months and stepping right into a playoff series, I really liked our intensity, and how hard we played,” Barzal said about the series win. ”

Friday marked the second time in franchise history that the Islanders defeated the Panthers in a postseason series. They eliminated Florida in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs for their first series win since 1993.

The Islanders oppoenent in the first round of the playoffs is still unknown. The top four teams in each conference are playing a Round-Robin to determine the seeding.

The Game 4 victory was a return to form for the Islanders, who let sloppy mistakes cost them on Wednesday in Game 3.

The Islanders won the special teams battle, going 1-for-3 on the man-advantage and killing three of the four Florida power plays.

The Islanders also limited the number of shots on net. They ended the game outshooting the Panthers 38 to 25 and saw their blueliners have a strong outing, which included a game-saving play by Ryan Pulock in the second period.

New York had a 3-1 lead when the Panthers caught Varlamov out of position. Pulock made a diving play to send Aleksander Barkov’s backhand attempt over the net.

“He had a wide open net there and I kind of just tried to make a desperation play,” Pulock said about the sequence. “Get my stick on his stick and puck. I got pretty fortunate, but it ended up being a pretty big play in the game. I think after that we really started to take it over.”

Beauvillier netted his first goal of the afternoon 11:32 into the first period. The Islanders winger threw the puck on goal with a backhander from the side of the net, clipping the leg of Sergei Bobrovsky and redirecting in.

Less than five minutes later, Beauvillier was the recipient of a quick feed from Barzal. The Islanders were able to clear the puck from their zone and Barzal was able to find Beauvillier breaking to the net for the goal.

The pair of goals extended Beauvillier’s playoff point streak to four games. Beauvillier finished the series with three goals and two assists.

“I was literally just trying to get it on net,” Beauvllier said of the first goal. “I got a good bounce. We got fortunate on that goal. It was huge for us to play with the lead and we played the right way today. It’s getting us into the playoffs, so it’s a good feeling.”

Florida’s only goal of the game came late in the opening period while the Panthers were on the power play. Mike Hoffman buried a one-timer from just inside the faceoff circle 12 seconds into the man-advantage.

Nelson put the Islanders back in front by two with a power-play goal of his own 8:01 into the second period. Josh Bailey sent a cross-ice pass to Nelson, who went bar down to put the Islanders up 3-1.

Barzal made it 4-1 with 9:26 left in the third off a breakaway shot that beat Bobrovsky on his glove side. The goal was his first of the postseason.

Pageau added the empty-net goal at the 17:17 mark of the third.

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Three Takeaways: Dobson, Bellows Look Good, Barzal Finds Two-Way Game in Win | NYHN+



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The New York Islanders started off the 2020-21 NHL season off on the right foot Thursday night with a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers.

The Islanders capitalized on the power play on several occasions, they received timely goaltending when they needed it and their top-six forwards found the back of the net. Not to mention, the play of several young Islanders hoping to maintain their spots on the roster.

Let’s take a look at three takeaways from the Islanders’ season-opening win over their Manhattan rivals:

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GARDEN PARTY: Lee, Barzal Lead Islanders Shutout Thrashing of Rangers



New York Islanders Anders lee Mathew Barzal

The New York Islanders will take a start like that any day.

The Islanders scored three times in the first period, anchored by goals from Anders Lee and Mathew Barzal, and kicked off the 2020-21 season with a 4-0 win over the New York Rangers. Brock Nelson also scored for the Islanders on Thursday.

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“I think we just wanted to start on the right foot and get to our game early,” Lee said. “Find that momentum by playing the way we play and I think we did a pretty good of that. It was the result of a good camp and everyone being ready for tonight, and Varly playing a great game as well. Just a good team effort.”

The season-opening win was anchored by a strong effort in the first and third period by the Isles, and a good performance in the net when they needed it from Semyon Varlamov. It was the 10th consecutive opening night start and second with the Islanders for Varlamov, who finished the night with 24 saves.

The opening night shutout was the Isles’ first since Chico Resch accomplished the feat in 1976 against Philadelphia.

“It’s always easy to play like that when we score first,” Varlamov said. “Overall I’m pretty happy with how we did today. I thought the team played very well.”

The Islanders finished the night with 33 shots on net, while holding the young Rangers to 24 shots.

The Isles special teams unit got plenty of work to start the season, with the Rangers giving the Islanders eight power-play chances on Thursday. They capitalized on two of their chances.

It didn’t take long for the Islanders to find the back of the net on Thursday night. It was a mere 2:33 into the game when Nelson lit the lamp for the first of four goals on the evening from the Long Island visitors.

The goal was the fourth fastest the Islanders have scored in a season-opening game in franchise history.

Anthon Beauvillier went for a shot inside the faceoff circle, but had it redirect off the skate of Adam Fox and went right to Nelson in the slot. Nelson quickly put it past Igor Shesterkin for the Isles’ first power-play goal of the year.

Just over a minute later, the Isles struck paydirt again. After Lee took a stick up high he stayed on the ice and after a Rangers turnover was able to create a two-on-one. The Islanders captain fired a shot of the New York goalie’s arm and in for his first of two goals on Thursday.

“I was a little upset. Took one to the teeth and I was making my way back,” Lee said about the goal. “I kind of got lucky that the puck got to Ledds and I could kind of take a chance on hoping that that one got out. He made a great play getting the puck down and it came right to me.”

Barzal capped off a strong first for the Isles with an impressive goal to make it 3-0 after weaving by three Rangers.

Despite a Rangers push in the second, the Islanders were the ones to add a goal in the third. Jordan Eberle threw the puck towards the net and Lee redirected the puck in the slot for his second of the night.

The goal was officially credited to Eberle, but video evidence clearly shows the puck was tipped by Lee.

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County Exec Laura Curran Cheering on New York Islanders from Quarantine



Nassau County Exec Laura Curran

As the New York Islanders open their season this evening many Islanders fans will be watching the game from home, which includes Nassau County’s most influential fan of the team county executive Laura Curran.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran will be watching the Islanders battle the New York Rangers from quarantine after she was recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. Curran tweeted out a video this afternoon about her excitement for being able to watch the season opener in its entirety.

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“I guess the small silver lining of quarantine is that I get I watch TV tonight,” Curran said in the video. “And that means I get to watch the entire Islanders game.  Game one,  taking on the Rangers, 7 p.m. puck drops. I am ready.”

Curran’s office announced that the county executive had been exposed to COVID-19 on Wednesday night and she is at the beginning of a 10-day quarantine. Officials from the county executive’s office declined to disclose to Newsday where Curran had been exposed to the virus for privacy reasons.

Curran has been an unabashed fan of the Islanders and today was the second time in five days the Nassau County politician tweeted about the Islanders. The county executive tweeted “YES! YES! YES!” along with a GIF of Mathew Barzal following news that the Islanders star had re-signed for three years with the team on Saturday.

Curran has been a vocal supporter of the UBS Arena project at Belmont Park and of getting the Islanders back on Long Island before the opening of UBS Arena in the fall. Curran twice lobbied NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to allow the Islanders to play at Nassau Coliseum before their new home opens.

In 2019, Curran wrote to Bettman to help persuade him to allow the Islanders to play home playoff games on Long Island. The NHL eventually came to an agreement that allowed the Islanders to play their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum and then after that all home postseason games would move to Barclays Center.

Last year, she called on Bettman again to allow the Islanders to play their final full season before UBS Arena at the Coliseum. The NHL eventually allowed the Islanders to do so after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stepped in.

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