Islanders seal overtime win over Panthers

The New York Islanders marked the first Stanley Cup play-off game at Barclays Center with an overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

The Islanders, who relocated to Brooklyn from Long Island for this NHL season, fought back from 3-1 down before Thomas Hickey earned a 4-3 victory 12 minutes 31 seconds into the extra period.

Reilly Smith and Aleksander Barkov put Florida 2-0 ahead and were denied another when Aaron Ekblad’s goal was ruled out for offside following a coach’s challenge.

Ryan Pulock’s first-timer during a five-on-three powerplay got New York on the board but Nick Bjugstad restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage 7.23 into the second period.

But Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen both scored, the latter on a powerplay, before Hickey secured a 2-1 lead for the Islanders in the best-of-seven series.

Reigning champions Chicago are 2-1 down in their series as the Blackhawks lost 3-2 to St Louis Blues.
Brent Seabrook and Colton Parayko traded powerplay goals in the first before Artem Anisimov restored Chicago’s lead.

But Patrik Berglund levelled the game early in the third before Jaden Schwartz’s powerplay effort with 6.38 left secured an away win.

Nashville Predators went 2-0 ahead against the Anaheim Ducks with a 3-2 win.

The Ducks, who lost the opening game on home ice, opened the scoring through Andrew Cogliano but goals from Mattias Ekholm, Craig Smith and Shea Weber (powerplay) gave the Predators a 3-1 lead heading into the last.

In the night’s other contest, the Detroit Red Wings pulled a game back on the Tampa Bay Lightning in their third meeting as Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg’s second-period goals and Petr Mrazek’s third shutout in eight playoff outings secured a 2-0 win.

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