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New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson makes a save against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Christopher Gibson allowed three goals as the Islanders' losing streak reached three games with a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on Monday at Barclays Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • 11:38 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov

Second period:

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New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center Anders Lee celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey, defenseman Calvin de Haan and defenseman Adam Pelech (50) in the first period at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers in a shootout after scoring four goals apiece in regulation on Monday at BB&T Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 10:25 FLA Keith Yandle
  • 13:15 NYI Anders Lee; Assists: Calvin de Haan, Adam Pelech

Second period:

  • 5:35 NYI Thomas Hickey; Assist: Joshua Ho-Sang
  • 8:45 FLA Aaron Ekblad (power play); Assists: Yandle, Vincent Trocheck
  • 10:34 FLA Aleksander Barkov (power play); Assists: Yandle, Trocheck
  • 16:19 NYI Brock Nelson; Assists: Ho-Sang, Jason Chimera
  • 18:21 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy

Third period:

  • 5:06 FLA Denis Malgin; Assists: Trocheck, Jamie McGinn
Tags: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, Florida Panthers, Jaroslav Halak, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzal, Nick Leddy, Thomas Hickey
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New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal against the Ottawa Senators by center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Islanders center John Tavares celebrates a goal against the Ottawa Senators by center Anders Lee during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders, who lead the NHL in scoring, expect to go up against one of the league's all-time great goalies, Roberto Luongo, on Monday night when they face the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center.

The Islanders (15-8-2) are led by center John Tavares, who ranks third in the NHL with 16 goals. His team is first in the league with an average of 3.72 goals per game.

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New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider makes a save on Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)

Cory Schneider gave up two goals in the third period as the New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-2, on Monday at Prudential Center. >> Box score


First period:

  • N/A

Second period:

  • 17:20 FLA Aleksander Barkov (short handed); Assist: Mike Matheson

Third period:

  • 2:20 NJ Nico Hischier; Assist: Pavel Zacha
  • 4:07 FLA Vincent Trocheck
  • 8:19 NJ Jesper Bratt
  • 12:45 FLA Jared McCann; Assists: Dryden Hunt, Matheson
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New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New Jersey Devils forward Nico Hischier against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

For the second time just over two weeks, the New Jersey Devils play host to the Florida Panthers on Monday night at the Prudential Center.

The Devils (14-5-4) posted a 2-1 victory over the Panthers (8-12-2) on Nov. 11, the seventh win in their last nine games on home ice against Florida since the 2012-13 season. That victory also started New Jersey's current 5-1-3 run over the past nine games.

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The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Mats Zuccarello, left, and Marc Staal, right, defend Florida's Thomas Vanek during the first period. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers blew a two-goal lead after the first period and lost 4-3 to the Panthers in a shootout Friday at the Garden. The Rangers have lost six in a row at home. >> Read more


First period:

  • 2:34 NYR Mats Zuccarello (Power Play) Assists: Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan
  • 4:11 NYR J.T. Miller Assists: Brendan Smith, Mika Zibanejad 

Second period:

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Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Mar 1, 2017; Greenville, NC, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Rodney Purvis (15) drives with the ball against East Carolina Pirates forward Kentrell Barkley (15) during the second half at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum. The East Carolina Pirates defeated the Connecticut Huskies 66-62. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Rodney Purvis scored a career-high 30 points and UConn beat South Florida 77-66 on Thursday night in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Amida Brimah added 13 points and Christian Vital had 11 for the Huskies (15-16), who snapped a four-game losing streak.

UConn led by 13 points at halftime and 15 after a Brimah dunk to open the second half. >> Read more

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Jan 28, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) handles the ball as Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22) defends during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 28, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) handles the ball as Florida State Seminoles guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes (22) defends during the first half of a game at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 82-72 win against Florida State on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome:

WHAT HAPPENED: After Dwayne Bacon's 3-pointer with 1:47 left pulled FSU to within 72-70, John Gillon responded with 10 straight points to keep the Seminoles at bay.

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 (Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)
(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) attempts a shot on goal in the first period against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period 

  • 5:47 FLA Keith Yandle; Assists: Vincent Trocheck, Jared McCann
  • 10:47 NYI Nick Leddy; Assists: Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

Second Period 

  • 1:09 FLA Jason Demers; Assists: Jonathan Marchessault, Jussi Jokinen

Recap: NEW YORK (AP) Jason Demers scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Roberto Luongo stopped 29 shots and the Florida Panthers held on for a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.


Next Game: The Islanders finish off a home-and-home series with the Panthers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the BB&T Center. 

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New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)
New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) sets up in front of the Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo (1) during the second period in game six of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. The Islanders defeated the Panthers 2-1 to win the series four games to two. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in a rematch of last year's first-round playoff matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. 

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers beat the Devils, 3-0, at Prudential Center on Monday night, winning their season-high third straight road game by a combined score of 9-2. Monday night's shutout was Florida's first in the last 77 games (dating to January 23 last season).
  • New York lost, 2-1, in a shootout with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Saturday night, garnering a point in its third straight tilt, and for the sixth time in the last seven games overall (4-1-2 record). The Islanders have eight overtime/shootout losses in 2016-17 -- tied for second most in hockey.
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The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)
The Florida Panthers celebrate a goal by Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith during the first period at Prudential Center. (Ed Mulholland/USA Today Sports Images)

The New Jersey Devils lost to the Florida Panthers, 3-0, Monday at Prudential Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 16:55 FLA Reilly Smith (power play); Assists: Jussi Jokinen, Vincent Trocheck

Second period:

  • N/A

Third period:

  • 18:55 FLA Jussi Jokinen (ENG)
  • 19:44 FLA Vincent Trocheck (ENG); Assist: Keith Yandle
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Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) reacts following his interception in the end zone against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange defensive back Rodney Williams (6) reacts following his interception in the end zone against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- It's been a month since Syracuse coach Dino Babers delivered a stirring postgame locker room speech that went viral on social media after the most important victory of his first year with the Orange.

But since that upset win over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech, "Our house!" has become "Their house." Syracuse lost its next home game - 35-20 last week to North Carolina State to fall to 2-3 in the Carrier Dome. Now, the Orange have a chance to reclaim their house and send their seniors out with a victory when they close their home schedule on Saturday against No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3 ACC, No. 17 CFP).

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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) defends New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders 4-1. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders (5-7-2) take on the Panthers (6-7-1) in a rematch of last year's first round playoff matchup on Friday at 7 p.m. in Sunrise, Florida. 

According to STATS...

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Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) skates with the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr (62) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

SUNRISE, Fla. -- When the New York Islanders visit the Florida Panthers on Saturday night at the BB&T Center, it will be a rematch of last season's first-round playoff series.

The Islanders won that series in six games, extinguishing a Panthers season that had seen Florida claim the Atlantic Division for the first time after winning a franchise-record 47 games.

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Oct 22, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; UCF Knights tight end Jordan Franks (15) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies cornerback John Green (7) in the first half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; East Hartford, CT, USA; UCF Knights tight end Jordan Franks (15) drives the ball against Connecticut Huskies cornerback John Green (7) in the first half at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

McKenzie Milton threw for a season-high 317 yards and three touchdowns to lead UCF to a 24-16 win over UConn.The freshman completed 29 of 45 passes and the Knights (4-3, 2-1 American) moved over the .500 mark by scoring 17 unanswered points and holding the Huskies (3-5, 1-4) scoreless in the second half.Arkeel Newsome ran 21 times for 101 yards and Noel Thomas had his fifth straight 100-yard receiving game for UConn, catching nine passes for 165 yards.

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Oct 15, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) runs for a first down past the diving South Florida Bulls safety Khalid McGee (21) during the second quarter of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) runs for a first down past the diving South Florida Bulls safety Khalid McGee (21) during the second quarter of a football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

UCF visits UConn on Saturday for what may or may not be an annual rivalry game.UConn coach Bob Diaco received plenty of ridicule when he created a trophy for the series last year after the Huskies upset the Knights in 2014, handing UCF its only conference loss.

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The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
The Connecticut Huskies celebrate their win over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second half at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Bearcats 20-9. David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn looks to make it two straight wins, as the Huskies travel to take on South Florida on Saturday night at 7 p.m. The Huskies (3-3) overcame a slow start in last week's matchup against Cincinnati to come away with a 20-9 victory over the Bearcats. Arkeel Newsome led the way for UConn with 116 rushing yards, while QB Bryant Shirreffs threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

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New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)
New Jersey Devils head coach John Hynes motions to his team during the third period against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Devils 3-2. (Jerome Miron)

The Devils earned a point in Thursday's overtime loss to the Panthers, but head coach John Hynes said the team needs to work on many aspects of its game before Saturday's contest. New Jersey forced overtime in the game, but scored just once on PA Parenteau's goal and were held 0-for-2 on the power play. Florida recorded 10 more shots and won a majority of the faceoffs at 54 percent.

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Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)
Oct 13, 2016; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) battles New Jersey Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri (21) skate for the puck in the third period at BB&T Center. Mandatory (Robert Mayer)

The Devils struggled to get offense going in Thursday night's 2-1 loss to the Panthers and need to improve on the power play, according to forward Kyle Palmieri. New Jersey failed to capitalize on either of its two power-play chances, not garnering many attempts toward net. For the game, the Devils only recorded 24 shots on goal.

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 (Rich Barnes)
(Rich Barnes)

Louisville's Lamar Jackson confounded the Syracuse defense in just about every way. Quinton Flowers is ready to keep the ball rolling against the Orange.

Flowers leads South Florida (2-0) into the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, a week after Jackson led the No. 10 Cardinals to a 62-28 victory indoors. The Orange (1-1) allowed a school-record 845 yards as Jackson scored four times on runs and threw for another in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

"It was a tough loss," said Orange wideout Amba Etta-Tawo, who has 20 catches for 313 yards in two games. "It was embarrassing. It hurt our pride a little bit, but we're not going to tuck our tails between our legs and run away and try to hide because we lost one game.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida center Gorjok Gak will not be eligible to play as a freshman next season.

The Gators announced Tuesday that the NCAA cleared Gak for enrollment this fall but denied his ineligibility for the 2016-17 season. The 6-foot-11, 205-pounder from Australia will be allowed to practice and take part in basketball-related activities, but not games.

He attended high school at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton. If he meets progress marks, he will be cleared to play as a sophomore in 2017-18 and have three seasons of eligibility left.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Florida landed its second transfer of the week when Jalen Hudson, a 6-foot-5 wing guard from Virginia Tech, picked the Gators over Texas.

He will have two years of eligibility after sitting out this coming season.

"I believe in what Coach [Mike] White is building," Hudson told ESPN, which reported the news on Wednesday. "I think Florida gives me a great opportunity to perform at a high level, win at a high level and ultimately pursue my dreams in playing in the NBA."

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Dec 19, 2015; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Charleston Cougars guard Canyon Barry (24) drives to the basket as Miami Hurricanes guard Sheldon McClellan (10) defends during the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 19, 2015; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Charleston Cougars guard Canyon Barry (24) drives to the basket as Miami Hurricanes guard Sheldon McClellan (10) defends during the first half at BankUnited Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Canyon Barry, a 6-foot-6 guard who is the son of the legendardy Rick Barry, will transfer to Florida from Charleston and be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer, he confirmed to SNY.tv.

He also considered Miami and Northwestern.

The Colorado native averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 rebounds last season.

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 (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
(Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

John Tavares tied it in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the New York Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night and into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Tavares skated in and fired an initial shot that Roberto Luongo saved, but the New York captain got the rebound, wrapped around the net and stuffed the puck in to end the longest home game in Islanders history.

The Islanders will next face Tampa Bay.

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New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with New York Islanders defenseman Calvin de Haan (44) and center Alan Quine (10) during the second period of game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

Islanders history will remember Friday night's Game 5 fondly, but it wasn't without its moments that tested our faith, and it took the unlikeliest of heroes to get the job done.

The Islanders were awarded their second power play of double overtime, but they had just 40 seconds remaining on it when Marek Zidlicky and Thomas Hickey played catch with the puck at the point.

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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. (Andy Marlin)
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. (Andy Marlin)

The Islanders head back to Florida on Friday night to take on the Panthers in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series at the BB&T Center. 

According to STATS...

  • Florida evened the series with a 2-1 win in Brooklyn Wednesday night. It was the Panthers' second win in a postseason road game in the last 20 years (also: Game 3 in the first round at New Jersey in 2012).
  • The Panthers are 2-1 in best-of-seven playoff series tied 2-2 all-time, but both wins came in the 1996 playoffs. The Islanders are 4-6 in those series all-time but have lost three straight including the first round against Washington last year.
  • Alex Petrovic scored his first career postseason goal Wednesday. Florida defensemen have now accounted for 10 points in this series.
  • Jaromir Jagr assisted on Teddy Purcell's goal Wednesday and has now recorded 200 career postseason points. He is just the fifth player with 200 career playoff points in NHL history joining Wayne Gretzky (382), Mark Messier (295), Jari Kurri (233) and Glenn Anderson (214).
  • The Islanders won the first meeting between these teams in Florida and have won at least one road game in each of their last six postseason series. However, New York has not won two road games in a single series since 1993 against Pittsburgh.
  • John Tavares scored his eighth career playoff goal Wednesday and third of the series. It was his first career power-play goal in the postseason after going goalless in 47 minutes and 33 seconds of power-play ice time in his first 16 career playoff games.
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New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)
New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) celebrates his game winning goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) defenseman Marek Zidlicky (28) and left wing Nikolay Kulemin (86) in the second overtime of game five of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T Center. The Islanders won 2-1. (Robert Mayer)

Alan Quine scored on a power play at 16 minutes of the second overtime, Thomas Greiss stopped 47 shots and the Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Roberto Luongo made 40 saves for Florida, which missed a penalty shot in the first overtime and was whistled for two penalties in the second overtime.

The Isles' second OT power play came when Derek Mackenzie was called for slashing at 14:31, and that would be the break New York finally needed. Quine's blast from the right side beat Luongo, and the Islanders swarmed the ice in celebration.

It was the second overtime game of the series, the other being New York's home win in Game 3. Exclude Florida's empty-net goal that sealed Game 2, and all five games of this matchup between 100-plus-point regular-season clubs has been of the one-goal variety. >> Read more.  

Tags: Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, Thomas Greiss

New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the Florida Panthers. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Thomas Hickey scored 12:31 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Game 3 of their first-round series, giving New York a win in its first playoff game in Brooklyn.

Ryan Pulock, Shane Prince and Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders, and Thomas Greiss had 36 saves. John Tavares and Kyle Okposo each had two assists.

Hickey scored on a one-timer off a pass from Brock Nelson from behind the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is in Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Tags: Calvin De Haan, Florida Panthers, Frans Nielsen, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Greiss, Thomas Hickey
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NEW YORK -- Jonathan Isaac -- and his fellow Jordan Brand Classic teammates -- worked out in front of about 40 NBA personnel on Thursday at Terminal 23, but the Florida State signee says he's focusing on future NBA Drafts and no longer the one in 2016.

The 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward originally from The Bronx is currently slotted at No. 13 in the 2017 Draft by DraftExpress.com.

"Yeah, I have seen that," Isaac told SNY.tv this week. "It just makes me feel good. It tells me I have a lot of work to do because I don't want to be Top 10, I want to be No. 1."

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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal (Geoff Burke)

The Islanders and Panthers kick off their playoff series on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the BB&T Center.

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders garnered at least one point in seven of their last nine tilts during the regular season (6-2-1 record), and have made the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since a three-season run from 2002 to 2004. New York's last postseason series win came in 1993 vs. Pittsburgh (has lost eight straight series since).
  • Florida won five of its last six contests, setting a franchise record with 47 victories in 2015-16, on its way to its first 100+ point season all-time. The Panthers, who are making just their second playoff appearance in the last 15 seasons (also 2012), haven't won a postseason series since beating Pittsburgh in the 1996 Conference Finals.
  • The Panthers took two of three from the Isles during the regular season, including a 2-1 shootout win in the clubs' only tilt at BB&T Center on November 27. New York and Florida are meeting in the playoffs for the first time tonight.
  • John Tavares lit the lamp in each of his last four regular-season skates, and despite being a healthy scratch in the season finale, ended up leading the Islanders in scoring for the sixth time in his seven NHL campaigns. Tavares has 11 points (5g, 6a) in 13 career postseason games.
  • Jaromir Jagr led all Florida skaters with 66 points in 2015-16, marking the fifth different club he's garnered a scoring title for in his 22 NHL campaigns (also Pittsburgh, Washington, NY Rangers and New Jersey). Jagr enters tonight's tilt with 199 career postseason points -- fifth most of any NHL skater all-time.
  • The Islanders are 22-4 all-time when taking Game 1 of any postseason series. Florida has played in seven postseason series all-time, winning Game 1 four times (3-1 series record when taking Game 1).
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New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey celebrates with teammates after scoring the game winning goal against the Washington Capitals in overtime at Verizon Center. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports Images)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter

The New York Islanders are one of only four teams who, as of Saturday morning, will have two games remaining on their 2015-16 schedule, as snow forced the postponement of games in Brooklyn and Washington back in January.

The Islanders, after facing the Buffalo Sabres and super-rookie Jack Eichel on Saturday night, will close things out with a grudge match against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday, a game that could have huge playoff implications for the Flyers as they chase the final wild card spot in the Eastern conference. In the league's other final game, the Anaheim Ducks will travel to Washington to take on the Capitals.

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Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault praises his team for battling and withstanding the Panthers on Monday night.

Mats Zuccarello was one of four Rangers to score a goal as New York beat the Florida Panthers, 4-2, on Monday.

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Rangers host the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

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New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

Cal Clutterbuck scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:39 remaining to cap New York's three-goal third period, lifting the Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey scored earlier in the third as the Islanders scored all their goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch after trailing 2-0 heading to the final period. Thomas Greiss finished with 23 saves as the Islanders snapped a two-game skid and pulled one point behind the crosstown-rival Rangers for second place in the Metropolitan Division.

Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist, Nick Bjugstad also scored and Jonathan Huberdeau had two assists for the Panthers. Roberto Luongo stopped 25 shots. >> Read more

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New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders forward John Tavares goes to the net against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders face the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

According to STATS:

  • The Islanders are 5-0-1 in their last six home games. The six-game point streak at home is the longest for New York since a run of seven games from March 29 -- Oct. 17, 2015.
  • The Panthers have won four consecutive meetings with the Islanders for only the third time in team history. Florida previously won five in a row over New York from Oct 28, 1993 -- April 14, 1994 and six straight from March 17, 2007 -- Oct. 18, 2008.
  • John Tavares picked up his 200th career goal Saturday afternoon in Boston. Tavares is one of seven players with 200+ goals since 2009-10, and his 255 assists are the most among those seven players.
  • Reilly Smith scored two goals in Saturday's win over the Flyers, including his 13th in the third period. No Panther has had more third-period goals since Pavel Bure's 19 in 2000-01.
  • Travis Hamonic has logged at least 23 minutes of ice time in each of the last six games, matching his longest streak of the season. Hamonic has not been on the ice for 23+ minutes in seven straight games since his career-long run of 19 games from March 4 -- April 13, 2014.
  • Jaromir Jagr has played 108 career games against the Islanders and has failed to score in consecutive games only three times (Nov. 23 -- Dec. 23, 1991; Feb. 25 -- March 9, 1995; and Jan. 19 -- Feb. 7, 2012).
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 (Jon Lopez/Nike)
(Jon Lopez/Nike)

Florida State commit Jonathan Isaac of Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy is considering entering the NBA Draft this year, but it turns out he may not be eligible until 2017.

"Yes I am considering it," the 6-foot-10 forward told SNY.tv, confirming comments he initially made to SI.com. "I'm not 100 percent. I'm gathering information and will decide."

Since the one-and-done rule was adopted in 2005, no high school player has gone directly to the NBA.

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New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)
New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello controls the puck against the Anaheim Ducks during the overtime period at Madison Square Garden. (Brad Penner/USATSI)

The Rangers take on the Florida Panthers on the road Saturday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • The Panthers have won seven straight games, allowing one goal or fewer in five of the seven games. The seven-game win streak is tied for the longest in franchise history. The Panthers have had four different seven-game winning streaks in team history, the last was from March 2-16, 2008.
  • Florida is 9-2-3 against the Metropolitan Division. The nine wins are the most by any team versus the Metropolitan Division this season. The Panthers have allowed just 18 first-period goals this season, the fewest in the NHL by any team in any period.
  • Aleksander Barkov leads the Panthers with 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) during their seven-game win streak. Barkov has two goals in each of his last two games. He is the eighth Panther all-time with back-to-back multi-goal games, and first since Shawn Matthias in March of 2013. No Panther has ever had 2+ goals in three consecutive games.
  • The Rangers have won two of their last three games (2-1-0), after dropping three straight in regulation and allowing 5+ goals in all three losses. New York has allowed multiple power-play goals in four of its last six games.
  • New York has won seven consecutive games against Florida, outscoring the Panthers 28-16. The seven-game win streak is tied for the Rangers second-longest active win streak versus any opponent. The Rangers have won eight straight against the Hurricanes and also seven straight against the Sabres.
  • Mats Zuccarello scored his team-leading 16th goal on Wednesday at Tampa Bay. Zuccarello has 16 goals in 38 games this season, after totaling just 15 goals in 78 games in 2014-15.
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Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)
Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) makes a save in the second period of a game against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. (Robert Mayer)

The Devils host the Florida Panthers on Thursday at 7 p.m.

According to STATS...

  • After getting shutout by the Islanders, the Devils blanked Buffalo in their next game. It was the first time New Jersey allowed no goals in the game immediately after scoring no goals since November 7, 2013.
  • The Panthers scored five goals on just 16 shots in their win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Their shooting percentage of 31.3 percent was the fourth-highest single-game figure in team history.
  • Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, and Mike Cammalleri each have at least 10 goals and 10 assists this season, tied for the most such players by any Eastern Conference team with the Rangers and the Seantors.
  • 19-year-old Aaron Ekblad has 39 career points, currently tied with Bryan Berard and one point behind Cam Fowler (40) and Scott Niedermayer (40) for the most points by a defenseman as a teenager since 1987-88.
  • Corey Schneider notched his second shutout on the year Tuesday at Buffalo. It was the 18th time this season Schneider has posted a save percentage of .920 or better, the most of any goaltender.
  • Roberto Luongo's 10-16-0 (.385) career record against the Devils is his third worst against any opponent (Rangers, .370; Canucks, .375). Luongo's three-game losing streak to New Jersey is his longest since dropping six straight from November 13, 2003 -- January 3, 2006.
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The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)
The New York Islanders salute the fans after defeating the New Jersey Devils 4-0 at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin)

(AP) -- The Florida Panthers weren't up to the challenge in the opener of their road trip. A more difficult one appears to be forthcoming.

The New York Islanders are riding a 10-game point streak and seek a sixth consecutive home win when the teams face off Tuesday night.

New York (18-8-5) has gone on a 7-0-1 tear to vault into second place in the Metropolitan Division. Having ground out close wins for much of the surge, the Islanders had a less stressful result to move to 8-0-2 over their last 10 with Sunday's 4-0 victory over New Jersey.

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Florida State Seminoles head coach Sue Semrau (Rob Kinnan)
Florida State Seminoles head coach Sue Semrau (Rob Kinnan)

Florida State's women's basketball team wrapped up final exams this week. Now the Seminoles face a doctoral thesis-like challenge: beating top-ranked Connecticut.

The No. 11 Seminoles square off against the Huskies Friday in the Hall of Fame Women's Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. It is the first national opportunity this season for the Seminoles so show if they are a legitimate national contender after reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in six seasons last year.

"We look at it as an opportunity to grow our program," coach Sue Semrau said. "But our measure is not just against UConn but the other top teams."

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Nov 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Hofstra Pride guard Brian Bernardi (14) shoots a three pointer over South Florida Bulls guard Nehemias Morillo (5) during the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 25, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Hofstra Pride guard Brian Bernardi (14) shoots a three pointer over South Florida Bulls guard Nehemias Morillo (5) during the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Brian Bernardi scored a career-high 24 points and Hofstra made 10 of 22 3-pointers to shock Florida State 82-77 in the Paradise Jam tournament on Friday.

Juan'ya Green added 17 points, Denton Koon had 15 and Ameen Tanksley 14 for the Pride (3-0).

Bernardi made 8 of 10 shots, including six of eight 3-pointers. He had 19 points at halftime as Hofstra led 41-35.

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Florida State landed a huge commitment on Monday when Jonathan Isaac pulled the trigger for the Seminoles.

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Noah Dickerson, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Montverde (FL) Academy, has asked for his release from Florida,?coach Winston Neal Tweeted.

It may take several days before the situation is finalized, sources told SNY.tv.

Dickerson, a key component as Montverde won its third straight Dick's Sporting Goods National High School Tournament, initially chose Florida over?LSU, Georgia Tech and Washington.

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Former Louisiana Tech coach Michael White?will?succeed Billy Donovan at Florida, the school announced Thursday.

White agreed to a six-year deal worth $2 million per.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator," White told Gatorzone.com, the school's athletic website. "Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity. I know about the great home-court advantage in the O'Connell Center, which is a testament to the fans and the Rowdy Reptiles. There's an unbelievable commitment to excellence athletically and academically at UF, and it starts with the leadership of Dr. Fuchs and Jeremy Foley. I look forward to returning to the SEC where I have a lot of great memories, and I can't wait to create many more alongside The Gator Nation."

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By CHIP MILLER

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --?KeVaughn Allen, one of four members of Florida?s 2015 recruiting class, had initially decided that he will wait to see who Florida A.D. Jeremy Foley hires to replace Billy Donovan before making a decision on his future, a source told SNY.tv Sunday night.

The four-star shooting guard committed to Donovan and the Gators in April of 2014 but waited until the late signing period in 2015 to make it official. Initially the decision from Florida?s highest rated 2015 recruit that once hung in the balance of a hire has now been finalized.

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Billy Donovan is the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Donovan, a Long Island native, becomes the third head coach in Thunder history after spending the past 19 years at the University of Florida where he led the Gators to two National Championships and four trips to the Final Four while amassing a record of 467-186 (.715).

?We are thrilled to welcome Billy and his family to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization. When we began the process of identifying the next head coach of the Thunder, we started with a vision and the identifiable qualities that we felt were necessary for our organization as well as the ever evolving role of the head coach in today's NBA. We wanted to identify a person with the traits associated with high achieving leaders in their respective fields; a continuous learning mentality, the ability to adapt, evolve and innovate, intrinsically motivated, humility, and great tactical competence,? Thunder GM Sam Presti said in a statement.

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Florida transfer Elijah Carter has plenty of suitors.

The 6-foot-2 guard from Paterson, N.J., told SNY.tv that St. John's, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State, Georgetown and Nevada have contacted him or people close to him.

Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season for the Gators and will be immediately eligible at his next school after graduating from Florida.

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