Panthers beat Islanders to level series
(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...