Uniondale, NY (Sports Network) – Mike Santorelli put together his first career two-goal game to lead Florida past the New York Islanders, 4-1, at the Nassau Coliseum.
Stephen Weiss added a goal and an assist, while Tomas Vokoun recorded 39 saves to earn the victory for the Panthers, who have won four of their last six.
Matt Moulson recorded the only goal for the Isles, who suffered a 12th straight defeat, the last two under interim head coach Jack Capuano, to match the longest losing streak in club history that started with a loss to the Panthers on October 23.
The Islanders also dropped 12 in a row from December 27, 1972 – January 18, 1973 and again between November 22 – December 17, 1988.
The hosts struck first when Moulson intercepted an errant pass between the circles and beat Vokoun high over the glove side 13:07 into the contest.
The Panthers then tallied four times in a span of eight minutes in the first half of the middle session to take control of the game.
Santorelli got the game tied with a wrist shot from the left circle that beat Roloson high to the short side at 2:27 before Marty Reasoner’s wrister put the visitors in front for good just 39 seconds later.
Weiss took a pass in flight at the Islander blue line and ripped a slap shot that Roloson stopped. However, the rebound squirted free to David Booth, who dished to Santorelli and he deposited his second of the night from the crease to make it 3-1 at 6:25.
Weiss then stole the puck and beat Roloson with a wrist shot from between the circles four minutes later to finish the scoring.
Vokoun recorded the 248th win of his career, 14 of which have come over the Islanders…Michael Frolik picked up an assist on Weiss’s goal to record his 100th career point…Panthers winger Rostislav Olesz broke his middle finger when hit by a puck in Thursday’s loss to Boston and did not play in Saturday’s game…He will be re-evaluated when the team returns home…Florida completed a four game road trip at 2-2-0…Roloson dipped to 6-5-1 in 12 career games against the Panthers…He has lost nine straight decisions overall…Moulson has notched a goal in two straight and four of his last seven games.
(Sports Network) - The New York Islanders will try yet again to end their lengthy losing streak when they host the Florida Panthers in tonight's clash at Nassau Colosseum.
New York is 0-10-1 in its last 11 contests, marking the club's longest stretch without a win since the Islanders went 0-8-2 with a tie in an 11-game span during the 1998-99 season. A setback tonight would match the longest losing streak in club history first set from Dec. 27, 1972-Jan. 18, 1973 and later matched on Nov. 22-Dec. 17, 1988.
The first 10 losses during this skid came under former head coach Scott Gordon, but he was fired an replaced by Jack Capuano, who made his NHL head coaching debut in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists to lead the Lightning to the road win at the Coliseum.
"We generated some chances and we had some scoring opportunities and the outcome just wasn't what we wanted," said Capuano. "I thought our energy was good."
The Islanders' latest setback was also the club's third straight defeat on home ice. New York, which will visit Atlanta tomorrow, is 2-3-1 as the host this season.
New York's current slide actually began with a loss to the Panthers in south Florida on Oct. 23. The Panthers have won two straight, five of six and 11 of the last 14 games in this series. However, Florida has dropped six out of nine at the Coliseum.
The Panthers recorded a 4-3 regulation win when they hosted the Isles last month. Tavares scored the first hat trick of his career in the losing effort for New York.
However, Florida was burned for a hat trick in its most recent loss, as Milan Lucic scored three times to lead the Bruins to Thursday's 4-0 victory in Boston. Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask also turned aside all 41 shots sent his way to help send the Panthers to their second loss in three games.
Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 40 shots for the Panthers, who were 0- for-5 on the power play.
"Tuukka Rask was our power-play problem," said Panthers head coach Peter DeBoer. "It wasn't our power play. We generated plenty of chances on the power play, but when you have a goalie that plays like that, that's the power-play problem."
Panthers forward Rostislav Olesz, who has two goals and seven assists this year, suffered a hand injury in the loss to the Bruins and is questionable for tonight's game.
Tonight marks the end of a four-game road trip for the Panthers, who are just 3-7-0 as the visiting team this year.