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Eberle’s Two Goal Effort Leads Islanders to 4-2 Victory in Game 2



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Jordan Eberle scored twice as the Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 4-2 and took a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday afternoon.

It’s was Eberle’s second-period goal that gave the Islanders their first lead of the game and eventually became the game-winner. Eberle received a pass in the slot from Ryan Pulock and outwaited Florida starter Sergei Bobrovsky, before burying a shot with 3:33 left in the period.

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It was the 30-year-old winger’s first goal of the series.

“Pully made a really good pass through the seam,” Eberle said about the play. “You got a goalie like Bob he gets over pretty quick. You either have to get it off quick or you have to be patient. I was lucky enough to just buy my time and get in on the D-man, and just throw it in. Bob is such a good goalie at getting across and being quick enough to beat you there.

“You never have a clean shot against him, so when you do you have to make good of it.”

Eberle added to the Isles lead in the third when Anthony Beauvillier deflected a shot off Eberle’s shin and past Bobrovsky. The goal was the Islanders second on the man-advantage on Tuesday.

Pulock and Matt Martin also found the back of the net in the win, and Semyon Varlamov made 26 saves for the Islanders. The Islanders power play went 2-for-7 on Wednesday, while killing off two of the Panthers three chances on the man-advantage.

The Islanders now push the Panthers to the brink of elimination with the victory. It’s the second consecutive year that the Islanders jumped to a 2-0 series lead over an opponent in the playoffs.

Teams that have taken a 2-0 series lead have gone on to advance to the next round in 55 of 56 times. Only the 1985 Islanders have managed to buck that trend.

The Islanders can close out the series on Wednesday with a win and Islanders coach Barry Trotz believes the Islanders will once again need to play their style to do that.

“Play our game. Get to our game first,” Trotz said. “Forget about this game. What we did today doesn’t matter. Enjoy it for an hour and then get focused in on what we need to do tomorrow.”

Tuesday’s win didn’t come as smoothly as it had on Saturday. The Islanders fell behind twice in the game and the Panthers were able to jump to a quick start in the first period.

The Panthers controlled the pace of the game for the first 10 minutes before the Islanders settled things down.

“It wasn’t our best start, but they’re a good hockey team over there,” Martin said. “This was an important game for them. We knew that. We didn’t get off to the start we wanted to but kind of regathered ourselves and started making headway in the later part of first period and then the second we were able to pop a few.

It was a good hockey game. Well played, well fought and we’re obviously happy to have a 2-0 lead.”

Florida struck first off a goal from Mike Hoffman 11:16 into the first. The Panthers regular-season leading scorer took a pass in the high slot and fired the puck through the legs of Varlamov.

The Islanders tied the game in the second period when Tom Kuhnhackl set up Martin right in front of the net. Andy Greene held the puck in the offensive zone and Kuhnhackl was able to send a between the legs drop pass to Martin, who put the puck past Bobrovsky at 6:12 of the period.

It was Martin’s first postseason goal since Game 2 of the 2013 Quarterfinals.

The Panthers didn’t let the Islanders get too comfortable, regaining the lead just over a minute later on the power play. Barkov was able to beat Varlamov with a quick wrist shot 13 seconds into the man-advantage.

Pulock tied the game again with a power-play goal of his own at the 13:48 mark of the second. The Islanders defenseman was able to set up just above the left faceoff circle and his slapshot found the back of the net.

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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.Β 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



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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



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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.Β  Game one,Β  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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