ECHL Playoff Game Night: 4-5-13
(4)Florida Everblades 5 vs. (5)Elmira Jackals 1
Quarterfinals: Florida leads the best-of-seven series 1-0
D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +1, 0 SOG, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff totals: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 51 GP, 4-12-16, +7, 33 PIM
Florida had an early 2-0 cut in half late in the first period but never looked back, striking twice on the power play and adding a fifth tally over the course of the final two frames to close out Elmira in a penalty-filled first match of the opening round of playoff action. With plenty of support in the goal-scoring department, Everblades netminder Jesse Deckert was able to turn aside all but one of 30 Jackals shot attempts for what amounted to an impressive playoff debut following a stellar late-season run between the pipes. Though both teams racked up a total of 62 penalty minutes, many were off-setting, so only power plays were awarded between the two clubs. Elmira went 0-for-4 with the man-advantage while Florida went 2-for-5. Charles Landry, who won the ECHL's Kelly Cup with the Everblades last season, was the only Tampa Bay Lightning prospect in the lineup. Florida and Elmira will renew hostilities in Estero Saturday night.