Eberle scores 2 in Islanders 4-2 win over Panthers
TORONTO, ONT Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series on Tuesday. The Islanders particularly took advantage of the Panthers' undisciplined play by scoring twice on seven power-play chances. Weve got to play with some composure in those pivotal moments, said Panthers first-year coach and three-time Stanley Cup champion Joel Quenneville. Florida is making its first playoff appearance since 2016, when the Panthers were eliminated by the Islanders in six games. Set up in the left circle, Eberle patiently waited for defenseman Brady Keeper to go down and attempt to block the shot.
Panthers on roster bubble fighting to make impression on Quenneville
Florida Panthers' Anthony Greco, left, and Dominic Toninato celebrate after Greco scored against the Dallas Stars during an NHL hockey preseason game in Tulsa, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. While Brown and McCoshen have had brief stints with Florida, Stillman has found himself on the fast track since turning pro. Stillman has played big minutes for Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville during training camp and in Florida's preseason games, including some time paired with Ekblad. Quenneville is going to give Stillman plenty of ice time this week, making these last preseason games some of the biggest of his life. Whoever is left out of the final roster squeeze will likely be among the first summoned back to Florida when those inevitable hockey season injures begin to pop up.