Game 2: @FLAPanthers 3-@NYIslanders 1, Luongo 41 saves, 11-16-68 seeking first score
SUNRISE–There were all kinds of historically challenging scenarios facing the Florida Panthers if they had dropped the second straight game at home to start an NHL playoff series.
Those go out the window as the Panthers took a 3-1 decision over the New York Islanders that saw them enter the third period with a 2-0 lead and hold on the win Friday night at BB&T Center. The series shifts to Brooklyn for game 3 Sunday and game 4 Wednesday, before returning to BB&T for Game 5.
Roberto Luongo stopped 41 of 42 shots to rebound from a subpar performance in Game 1 where the Panthers netminder surrendered 5 goals on 25 shots. Unlike the last meeting between the two teams where the Islanders erased a two-goal Panthers lead in the final 10 minutes to lose, Florida held on for victory this time.
Reilly Smith scored his third goal in two playoff games, while Nick Bjugstad scored what became the winning goal. Dimitry Kulikov scored an empty net goal with 10 seconds remaining. John Tavares scored his second goal of the series to go with two assists for the Islanders.
Highlights of the game can be seen here. The game was telecast on NHL Network, an obscure cable channel rather than any of the normal stations the game could be watched out of market.
The Panthers top line of Aleksander Barkov, Jonathon Huberdeau and Jaromir Jagr were held without a goal for the second game in a row even though they collectively took 14 shots on goal, a little less than half of the 31 shots the Panthers took tonight. It was the second game in a row where the trio had more than 13 shots on goal yet managed not to score off Islanders’ goalie Thomas Greiss.
Without highlights we have pictures of Jagr from Friday night’s game from NHL.com. Click to enlarge.
As we wait for our first update for the playoff version of the Jagr-O-Meter, take comfort in his historical dominance of the New York Islanders.
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@68isgr8 is the twitter forThe Traveling Jagrs. Clad in different Jagr jerseys and hair styles from 68’s career, they gained league-wide recognition when they caught Jagr’s attention during a pre-game skate of a Dallas Stars game in Canada during the 2012-2013 season. Since then, they convene at games in Western Canada and make a road trip or two every year, playing street hockey with locals, posing for hundreds of pictures, and having a good time with fans while honoring an all-time NHL legend.