NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Florida
(Friday, March 17th)
Final Score: Florida 4, NY Islanders 2
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Juraj Kolnik netted the decisive goal in the third period as the Florida Panthers defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2, at BankAtlantic Center.
Jay Bouwmeester scored his first goal of the season for the Panthers, who had won three straight before losing 4-0 to the Flyers on Wednesday. Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 18th goal of the season and Jozef Stumpel added two assists.
Jamie McLennan stopped 24 of 26 shots to pick up his first win since April 3, 2004, when he was a member of the New York Rangers.
McLennan got the nod over Roberto Luongo, who had started 22 straight games and played in 36 straight.
Miroslav Satan scored both goals for the Islanders, who lost their second game in a row after winning four straight. Shawn Bates recorded two assists while Rick DiPietro stopped 40 of the 43 shots he faced.
"This is playoff type hockey," said DiPietro. "Every game feels like a must win, especially with the current situation that we're in. Disappointing. Obviously we needed these two points. But, they (games) just keep getting more and more important."
Down by a goal in the third period, Bates dished the puck to Satan at the right circle and he fired top-shelf to tie the game at 2-2 7:49 into the final period.
With just over five minutes remaining, though, New York's Joel Bouchard overskated behind the Islanders' net. Kolnik collected the loose puck and using the Isles' Jason Blake as a screen, fired it off of DiPetro's right shoulder to give Florida the lead.
"We just felt we needed to keep pucks going at him and get some rebounds and eventually some would go in," said Panthers coach Jacques Martin.
The Islanders pulled their goalie with a minute remaining, but Stumpel deposited the puck the length of the ice and Martin Gelinas tapped in an empty-net goal to ice the game.
Bouwmeester wasted no time in getting his Florida on the board, scoring just 33 seconds into the opening period.
Satan tied the game with 6:36 remaining in the period when he took a nice feed from Denis Grebeshkov and scored his 100th career power-play goal.
Nieuwendyk ended a 0-for-21 drought on the power play for Florida when he scored with 3:53 left in the second period.
The Islanders were 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Panthers were 1-for-2...Tonight's game marked the end of a five-game homestand for Florida. The Panthers, who went 4-1 in those games, will travel to Washington on Saturday...New York has one game remaining on a five-game road trip. The Islanders play at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
03/17 23:51:44 ET