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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.

Game Notes

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 five goals.

10/18 21:57:09 ET

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