Rally The Rats: Panthers Avoid Elimination Against Islanders

Going into game three, the Florida Panthers were on the brink of elimination against the New York Islanders. But thanks to some great defense and incredible goaltending by Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida avoided elimination.

The Panthers beat the Islanders in a tight game 3-2. However, they dominated New York on both sides of the ice for most of the game

After an uneventful 1st period both teams heated up in the 2nd. The Panthers struck first on the power play thanks to an Erik Haula goal. Later in the period, Jean-Gabriel Pageau tied the game for the Islanders

Florida’s defense looked great in the 2nd period. For the majority of the 20-minutes, the Islanders couldn’t get out of the neutral zone. And when they did get in the Panthers’ zone they were completely shut down.

The Panthers broke the tie in the 3rd when Mike Hoffman ripped a slap shot on the power play. Moments later, Brian Boyle scored from the slot to give the Cats a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd.

With a 1:27 left in the 3rd, the Islanders cut the Panthers’ lead to one on a Brock Nelson goal. However, the Panther hung on to avoid elimination.

Florida played a much better game than the Islanders. They took away the neutral zone; they had a lot of minutes in New York’s zone. The Panthers were sound defensively, and Bobrovsky stood on his head.

Bobrovsky had the best game of his Panthers career. He really kept Florida in it, and the team built their momentum off his play in net. The Panthers goalie saved faced 22 shots and stopped 20 of them.

New York did apply some pressure, especially on their power plays. But the Panthers had an answer for it and didn’t fall.

The series continues on Friday, and the Cats look to build off their momentum.

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