NHL Game Summary - Florida at NY Islanders |
(Saturday, October 18th)
Final Score: NY Islanders 2, Florida 1
Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) - Oleg Kvasha scored a power-play goal early in
the third period, lifting the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida
Panthers at Nassau Coliseum.
Mariusz Czerkawski added a goal and an assist for the Islanders, who emerged
victorious in their home-opener.
Rick DiPietro continued his stellar play in net for New York, allowing just
one goal on 21 shots. DiPietro started his third straight game and remained
unbeaten in those starts (2-0-1).
Roberto Luongo was equally brilliant in net for Florida, which remained
winless in its last four games (0-2-2). Luongo stopped 44 shots in defeat.
Viktor Kozlov scored the lone goal for the Panthers.
After a clipping penalty by Pavel Trnka left Florida shorthanded early in
the final period, the Islanders took advantage. Kvasha had no problem placing
the puck into the vacated net when Adrian Aucoin put the puck on his stick
right in front of the Florida net. Kvasha's first goal of the season 4:10 into
the third period gave New York a 2-1 lead.
Playing 4-on-4 late in the third period, DiPietro needed to make a spectacular
stop on Mike Van Ryn's shot attempt from the slot. The Islanders then worked
the puck out of their own zone, allowing the clock to run out.
After a scoreless first period, Florida got on the board early in the second.
Kozlov scored 53 seconds into the middle period when he tallied on a
wraparound at the right post to make it 1-0.
The Islanders failed to score with a two-man advantage later in the period.
However, they did finally score on the power play with 4:52 remaining in the
middle period. Czerkawski tied the game at 1-1 when he put a rebound over a
the sprawling Panthers' goaltender. Luongo stopped the initial shot from the
point by Alexei Yashin, but was unable to deny Czerkawski on the doorstep.
Dave Scatchard left the game early in the third period with a wrist injury
when he was hipchecked by Trnka near mid-ice. Trnka was called for a penalty
on the play and the ensuing power play led to the game-winning goal...The
Islanders have lost just once in their last nine meetings with Florida
(5-1-3)...During their four-game winless streak, the Panthers have scored just
10/18 21:57:09 ET