Islanders Overpower Panthers to Sweep Season Series

SUNRISE, Fla. — Devon Toews and Mathew Barzal had power-plays goals in a 3:51 span early in the second period and Thomas Greiss made 32 saves to help the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Thursday night.

The Islanders swept the three-game, regular-season series with the Panthers for the first time since 2013.

Anders Lee added an empty-net goal for New York,

Mike Hoffman scored for Florida, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves.

Toews opened the scoring 49 seconds into the second period, beating the partially screened Bobrovsky to the glove side off a feed from Jordan Eberle. Barzal added his team-leading 13th goal, off another feed from Eberle, into an open net with Bobrovsky out of position.

Mathew Barzal New York Islanders
Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Hoffman scored midway through the period for this 12th of the season.

Greiss, getting the start in net as New York continues to alternate goalies, made the save of the game with just over four minutes remaining in the third period with a perfectly timed pad stop on a great try by Brett Connolly to the glove side.


Islanders D Nick Leddy was once again sidelined as he recovers from a lower-body injury sustained Saturday against Dallas. … Panthers D Mike Matheson was a healthy scratch. … Barzal has points (four goals and three assists) in six of his last seven games, while LW Lee has points in five of his last seven games with six points (three goals and four assists).


Islanders: Host Buffalo on Saturday.

Panthers: Host Boston on Saturday night.

Rick Menning, The Associated Press