Okposo, Strome goals seal tight game for Islanders

Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:17pm EDT
 
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(The Sports Xchange) - Kyle Okposo scored the tie-breaking goal with 17:27 left in the third period as the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-4 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday.

The Islanders rallied from three deficits, getting tying scores from Brock Nelson, Frans Nielsen and John Tavares. The fifth goal was scored by Ryan Strome, who pounced on a rebound with 13:59 left.

On the tie-breaking goal, Tavares stole the puck from Florida defenseman Brian Campbell and fed to Okposo.

Tavares, who led the Islanders with 33 goals in the regular season, was brilliant against Florida, posting one goal and two assists.

Reilly Smith scored twice for Florida. His second goal, which came with 13:04 left in the third period, closed New York's lead to 5-4.

Florida's other goals came from Teddy Purcell and Jussi Jokinen. Florida right winger Jaromir Jagr, who has just one goal in his past 34 playoff games, did not get a point.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is set for Friday.

Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss, who made his first career playoff start, got the win with 42 saves.

Veteran Roberto Luongo took the loss and now has a career playoff record of 32-32. He had 21 saves.   Continued...

 
Apr 14, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) gives up a goal to New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (not pictured) in the third period on the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 5-4. Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports