Islanders top Panthers 5-1 to advance in playoff prelims
TORONTO Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games on Friday.
Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. Defenseman Ryan Pulock made a diving stick save to prevent Floridas Aleksander Barkov from scoring into an open side to maintain New Yorks 3-1 lead midway through the second period.
Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter, and the Eastern Conferences seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday.