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Islanders advance in Stanley Cup Playoffs with 5-1 win over Panthers

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Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:58:19-04

TORONTO — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games.

Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 shots, Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored an empty-netter and the Eastern Conference’s seventh-seeded Islanders bounced back from a 3-2 loss in Game 3 on Wednesday.

Mike Hoffman scored his Florida-leading third goal and fifth point of the series but the 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance.