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NHL: Panthers Eliminated by Islanders in Playoffs, 5-1

TORONTO -– The New York Islanders eliminated the Florida Panthers by a score of 5-1 Thursday in the best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifier series three games to one.

Mike Hoffman scored for the Panthers on the power play at 18:41 of the first period. The power play marker was his team-best third tally of the playoffs extending his goal streak to three games.

Hoffman’s three-game goal streak tied the Panthers playoff record for longest goal streak (Reilly Smith – April 14 – April 17, 2016, Dave Lowry – April 27, 1996 – May 4, 1996).

Aleksander Barkov notched an assist on Hoffman’s PPG. He is the only Panther to record at least one point in each game of the series (1-3-4).

Jonathan Huberdeau also assisted on Hoffman’s goal, notching his third point in the series (1-2-3).

Sergei Bobrovsky faced 37 shots in the game, making 33 saves.

The Panthers surrendered four goals with Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier scoring the first two goals in the first period (11:32, 15:10), including the game-winner. Brock Nelson, Mathew Barzal and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also tallied for the Islanders.

The Panthers scored on the power play for the third consecutive game. Florida finished the game 1/5 on the power play.

Huberdeau posted a team-best five shots in the game and Josh Brown led the Cats with three blocked shots.

Barkov, Brett Connolly, Aaron Ekblad and Dryden Hunt led the Panthers with three hits each.

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