Panthers beat Islanders to level series

Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:19pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Alex Petrovic scored the tiebreaking goal in the middle of the third period and the Florida Panthers went on to beat the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarter-finals on Wednesday.

The Panthers evened the best-of-seven series at two games apiece. Game 5 is scheduled for Friday in Sunrise.

Petrovic juggled the puck between the Stanley Cup playoffs logo and the faceoff circles before firing a shot that sailed to the right of screened Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss with 10:35 remaining.

Teddy Purcell also scored for the Panthers, who regained home-ice advantage in the series. Florida goalie Roberto Luongo recorded 26 saves.

John Tavares scored for the Islanders, who missed a chance to take their first 3-1 series lead since the 1993 Wales Conference quarter-finals. Greiss made 27 saves.

A scoreless first period was followed by an eventful second period in which both teams had goals disallowed within a two-minute span.

First, Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau -- who was offside to negate a goal that would have given Florida a 3-0 lead on Sunday -- bore down on Greiss during a breakaway.

Huberdeau's shot was initially stopped by Greiss, but Huberdeau's momentum carried him into the goalie and dislodged the puck, which trickled into the net with 9:15 remaining.

Following a review, referees ruled that the goal did not count. Panthers coach Gerard Gallant used his challenge, but the play stood up on review.   Continued...

New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates after scoring a power play goal against the Florida Panthers during the second period of game four of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports