SUNRISE — It was one of those nights for the Florida Panthers in which they took off like a freight train then ended up in a dogfight.
Anton Lundell scored 39 seconds into Sunday’s Miami Dolphins pregame before Eetu Luostarinen made it 2-0 midway through the first period against the Islanders.
It appeared as if the rout was on.
Only the Islanders, who played the night before in Tampa, did not give up.
Regardless, the better teams won on Sunday — the Panthers, Dolphins and Astros.
Florida never gave up the lead as it was up 2-0, 2-1 and then 3-1 on Ryan Lomberg’s goal in the third.
The Islanders made it a game, but the Panthers win 3-2 and go 2-0-1 on their first homestand of this new season.
Do the Panthers have some things to work on? Yup. Are they happy to be 4-1-1 to start this new season? Absolutely.
Florida now moves on to play the Blackhawks at United Center on Tuesday with a rematch agains the Flyers on Thursday.
Should be an interesting week.
FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW
The Panthers win two of three at home to kick off their season in Sunrise as Spencer Knight had a solid game and Florida’s third and fourth lines do some damage in beating the Islanders.
— Here is how NYI Hockey Now saw Sunday night’s game from the press box in Sunrise.
— We took a look at Sunday’s game against the Islanders.
— Last week was pretty eventful for the Panthers. Miss anything? Catch up with the FHN weekly Wrap.
— The Charlotte Checkers got another win on Saturday night as they have tied the best start in franchise history at 4-0 after beating Hershey. Chris Tierney knocked in a Logan Hutsko rebound and Mack Guzda was strong in his second start of the season.
The Checkers go on the road for the first time when they visit Providence on Friday night.
NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Nick Foligno, the former captain of the Blue Jackets, is now with the Boston Bruins and says he loves being there.
— Taking a look at the best and the worst reverse retro jerseys.
— Things have not gotten off to a great start for the Washington Capitals so beating the Kings was a big deal.
— The Calgary Flames get a nice OT win against the Canes.
— Sonny Milano is off to a nice start in Hershey.
— Save for their loss in Sunrise, the Philadelphia Flyers are off to a nice start.
— The Dallas Stars win again.
— Could Ethan Bear end up with the Montreal Canadiens?
PANTHERS ON DECK
FLORIDA PANTHERS AT CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
- When: Tuesday, 8 p.m.
- Where: United Center, Chicago
- TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
- Radio: WQAM 560-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- Last season: Florida won 2-0
- All-time regular season series: Blackhawks lead 27-17-4, 3 ties