August 1, 2020 The Islanders beat Florida for the fifth straight time, dating to the 2018-19 regular season, and continued keeping the high-scoring Panthers in check.“We did it the right way,” Beauvillier said. “A really quick pace. It was a tough game out there. The whole team was ready for it.”Florida finished this coronavirus pandemic-shortened season ranked fourth in the NHL in averaging 3.3 goals per game, but has now managed just five goals in four games against the Islanders.Aleksander Barkov, who assisted on Huberdeau’s goal, said the Panthers lacked second-chance opportunities. “We were kind of like one and done,” Barkov said. “That’s how (the Islanders) are going to play, and we just need to figure out how to create more chances.” NOTES: Panthers’ Joel Quenneville coached his 216th career playoff game, which ranks second on the all-time list. His 118 wins ranks third on the list, and remains five short of matching former Islanders coach Al Arbour, who ranks second. … This is the second playoff meeting after the Islanders eliminated the Panthers in six games of a first-round series in 2016. Florida has four players left on its roster from that series, Huberdeau, Matheson, Aleksander Barkov and Aaron Ekblad, while the Isles have 10. … The Islanders got the benefit of celebrating Pageau’s goal to the familiar home-arena sound of The Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop.” UP NEXTGame 2 Tuesday at noon EDT.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Varlamov stops 27 shots, Isles beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 1 “The best way to respond after a hit or whatever is a goal on the power play,” Trotz said.Islanders trade deadline addition Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened the scoring re-directing in Derick Brassard’s centering pass 12 minutes into the game. Jonathan Huberdeau scored 23 seconds into the third period for Florida’s lone goal. The Islanders entered the NHL’s 24-team expanded playoff as the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed, while the Panthers are 10th.Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 26 shots in his first start since Feb. 29. Bobrovsky missed the Panthers’ final four games due to injury before the NHL season was paused on March 12. The Panthers managed just four shots after Huberdeau scored. And their most sustained pressure occurred midway through the second period, when they controlled the play in the New York zone for about a minute.The Islanders finally cleared the zone after defenseman Ryan Pulock blocked a shot, forcing a turnover.The Panthers are suddenly in a familiar hole in their bid to win just the franchise’s second playoff series, and first since reaching the 1996 Stanley Cup Final, which Florida lost in four games to Colorado.The Panthers have not advanced beyond the first round in each of their past five playoff appearances since.Varlamov shook off a late-season slump in which he went 0-2-2 and allowed 18 goals in five appearances, and earned his 14th career playoff win, and first since with Colorado in 2014. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots and the New York Islanders opened their best-of-five playoff series with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in the NHL’s return following a 4 1/2-month break.Anthony Beauvillier scored the decisive goal on a power play at 3:39 of the second period. The goal was scored a little over a minute after Florida’s Mike Matheson was penalized for a hit to the head on defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who did not return.Coach Barry Trotz didn’t have an update on Boychuk following the game, but was pleased in how the Islanders not only stayed disciplined immediately following the hit, but also capitalized on the penalty. Boychuk was hurt while crossing the Florida blue line after dumping the puck into the zone, when Matheson lowered his shoulder and caught the Islanders player directly in the head.Boychuk lay face down on the ice before slowly getting up and headed directly to the locker room.An officials’ review led to Matheson being issued a minor penalty for an illegal check. The Islanders capitalized on the ensuing power play with Beauvillier one-timing in Devon Toews’ pass into the right circle.Huberdeau scored on an odd-man rush, in which he was allowed to cut in alone from the left wing and slip a shot under Varlamov. Associated Press
World football governing body, (FIFA), last night said it would not immediately react to the factional crisis that is ripping apart the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).A FIFA spokesman told THISDAY that the ruling body would not immediately respond to the developments in Nigeria as it was studying the situation.“We are monitoring the situation in Nigeria and can’t make further comments for the time being,” a FIFA spokesman said in a reply to THISDAY e-mail last night.The fault line at the NFF deepened on Tuesday when a faction elected Chris Giwa as the new NFF president at the Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Abuja.The other faction loyal to Aminu Maigari, the immediate past president of the NFF, also dissolved the Elections and Appeals Committee and fixed September 4 as the new date for the election to the NFF board.While Maigari regained his freedom after spending a night in detention following his arrest by operatives of the state security service, the NFF Head of Legal Department, Okey Obi, was quizzed by the SSS and until press time last night, his whereabouts could not be accertained. Before Maigari’s release, he and Chris Green who was chairman of the Technical Committee of the dissolved board, were transferred from the SSS custody to the anti-robbery unit of the police force (SARS) headed by former Rivers State Police Commissioner, Joseph Mbu. They were kept in the midst of armed robbery suspects. Both Mbu (now an AIG of the NPF) and Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo were members of the Rivers exco before the crisis faced by the Rotimi Amaechi administration.Giwa assumed duty at the ‘Glass House’ and had an informal meeting with the other ‘elected’ members of the board as well as the members of staff of the federation.He raced to the NFF office accompanied by a large retinue of aides and security operatives after he was introduced to the members of the Federal Executive Committee (FEC) in the morning by Danagogo.It is always believed that the process of his election would be questioned by FIFA as election into the board of the NFF was not in the agenda of the congress. In addition, the absence of a FIFA observer at the factional election would give genuine reason for the entire exercise to be vitiated.Giwa, however, insisted he was duly elected by the congress of Nigeria football. He said there would be no new election to the board by the Maigari faction on September 4. The proprietor of Giwa FC also declined there was a split in the football family, adding there was nowhere in the NFF Statutes where it is provided that a FIFA representative must be present as an observer of the board election.“It is not in the statutes that we should have a FIFA observer for the election. Whatever the congress says is what FIFA will follow. The process through which I emerged NFF President was perfectly in order. We had only one congress on Tuesday. At the last congress before now, we agreed there would be an elective congress on August 26. Therefore, anybody sitting outside the congress to bring out an agenda is wrong,” Giwa said.He said the board will move to the new head office in the next two weeks and ensure that the secretariat operate in a conducive environment.The House Sports Committee has summoned all the football stakeholders to appear before the committee today in Abuja.THISDAY learned last night that the committee headed Hon Godfrey Gaiya summoned all the State FA Chairmen and the two factions that have been embroiled for the control of the NFF structure to the meeting where they will try to resolve the disputes.
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