The Islanders fell behind Florida 2-0 in the second period and were never able to recover Friday night in a 3-1 loss in Game 2 of their first round series with the Panthers. The best-of-seven series is now tied, 1-1, with Game 3 set for Sunday (8 p.m., NBCSN, MSG+)at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It will be the first ever NHL playoff game played in the relatively new Brooklyn building.
As for the Isles' shortcomings in Game 2, Florida's Reilly Smith scored 4:32 into the first and Nick Bjugstad beat Thomas Greiss at the 6:17 mark in the second to give the Panthers a 2-0 advantage.
John Tavares' strike at the 16:27 mark of the third cut Florida's lead in half but New York could not find that second score the rest of the way. Florida's final goal of the net came on an empty-net with 10 seconds left.
Greiss made 28 saves in defeat. Roberto Luongo made 41 saves for the victorious Panthers.