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Capuano has found right linemates for Tavares

Islanders captain, Nielsen, Okposo combine for seven points in Game 1 win against Panthers

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano tried everything. It had to be keeping him up at night, the task of finding the right linemates for his franchise player.

John Tavares didn't have the regular season he would have liked. Some thought he was capable of getting 100 points after coming within seconds of winning the Art Ross Trophy last season, only to have Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn swipe it out of his hands.

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Instant analysis: Islanders vs. Panthers, Game 1

Top line, Greiss the difference for New York; quick turnaround Friday

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 5-4 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round at BB&T Center on Thursday.

New York's top line of John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen each scored a goal. Tavares, who had nine points over his final four games of the regular season, had a goal and two assists.

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game recap

Tavares, Islanders defeat Panthers in Game 1

New York goalie Greiss makes 42 saves in playoff debut

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The New York Islanders kept fighting back in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers, and their captain led the way.

John Tavares tied the game in the final minute of the second period and set up Kyle Okposo's goal early in the third to help the Islanders defeat the Panthers 5-4 at BB&T Center.

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Panthers score early in first two periods

Get goals less than two minutes in against Islanders in Game 1 @NHLdotcom

Purcell's early goal

NYI@FLA, Gm1: Purcell finishes Hudler's feed

R1, Gm1: Teddy Purcell drives to the net and taps Jiri Hudler's feed past Thomas Greiss to open the scoring early in the 1st period

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The Florida Panthers scored in the first two minutes of the first two periods against the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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Situation Room

Video Review: NYI @ FLA - 4:09 of the Second Period

Review confirmed Barkov's shot did not cross New York's goal line @NHLdotcom

Situation Room: NYI vs. FLA, Gm1

Situation Room: Barkov's shot stands as no goal

R1, Gm1: After video review, it is determined that Aleksander Barkov's shot did not cross the goal line in the 2nd period

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At 4:09 of the second period in the Islanders/Panthers game, video review confirmed that Aleksander Barkov's shot at 3:34 did not cross the New York goal line. No goal Florida.

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Hamonic back for Islanders in Game 1

New York defenseman returns against Panthers after missing six games with knee injury

by Alain Poupart / Correspondent


Eastern Conference First Round

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SUNRISE, Fla. - New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic will be in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

Hamonic will play for the first time since injuring his knee against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 31. He was sidelined last year when the Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a late-season knee injury.

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Luongo's positioning gives him edge on Greiss

Florida veteran has slight advantage in series against New York

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so is breaking down the battle between the pipes in each series this season, charting goals to find strengths, weaknesses and targetable tendencies.

There's no question who has the experience advantage when it comes to the Eastern Conference First Round playoff series between Florida Panthers veteran Roberto Luongo and New York Islanders starter Thomas Greiss.

Luongo faced close to 2,000 shots in 64 games in six trips to the Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Vancouver Canucks before being traded back to the Panthers on March 4, 2014, while Greiss has faced 28 shots playing 41 minutes of one postseason game with the San Jose Sharks in 2010.

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Greiss ready for first career playoff start

Islanders goalie gets call for Game 1 against Panthers

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss unquestionably has been their most pleasant surprise of the season.

Greiss, who signed with the Islanders as a free agent last July 1, had career highs in games played (41), games started (38), wins (23) and save percentage (.925). His performance is a big reason the Islanders qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in four years.

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