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Islanders 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – P.A. Parenteau notched the deciding score in the shootout as the New York Islanders topped Florida, 4-3, at BankAtlantic Center.

Frans Nielsen picked up the winner, ending the first round of the session by scoring on the forehand, but Nielsen deked Scott Clemmensen and snuck his shot by the home netminder to complete the second round and end the game.

Parenteau, Micheal Haley and Michael Grabner tallied in regulation for the Islanders, who put a three-game losing skid to rest.

Rick DiPietro, making his first appearance since February 2, stopped 29 shots in the first 65 minutes then both Florida shootout tries. The 29-year-old earned his first win since January 15.

Evgeny Dadonov lit the lamp twice for the Panthers, losers in eight of their last 11. Clemmensen made just 18 saves in defeat.

Grabner put the Islanders on the board just after the five-minute mark of the second period on a wrister up the slot for his 30th of the season, this one a shorthanded tally. But Dadonov equalized at 11:18 and pulled the Panthers ahead at 17:28.

Parenteau pulled New York even at 7:09 of the third period after taking a cross-ice pass from Jack Hillen, and Haley followed with a shot between Clemmensen’s pads on a rush up the right side to give the visitors a one-goal edge at 9:50.

“We have a lot of firepower up front,” Parenteau said. “We kept doing what we were doing in the third and it paid dividends.”

Stephen Weiss drew the Panthers even with 6:34 on the clock, and Florida’s David Booth was dragged down on a partial breakaway with 28.9 seconds left in overtime, but missed the net wide to the left on his penalty shot.

“I think we’re growing as a team every night,” Weiss said. “We have to continue to do that over the last 10 or so games.”

The Islanders improved to 4-5 in shootouts this season and the Panthers fell to 4-5…Each team won two games in the season series, winning once at home and once on the road…Clemmensen and DiPietro squared off in their college days with the former a junior at Boston College and the latter a freshman at rival Boston University during the 1999-2000 season.


New York Islanders At Florida Panthers: Islanders Looking To Bounce Back After OT Loss

(Sports Network) - The Florida Panthers will try to post consecutive wins for the first time in two months when they host the New York Islanders tonight at BankAtlantic Center.

The Panthers are coming off a victory over visiting Toronto, improving Florida's record to 3-2-1 during a seven-game homestand that ends tonight.

Florida would love to close this residency on a positive note, but the Panthers have been unable to record consecutive wins since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 11-15.

The Panthers and Islanders are sitting 13th and 14th, respectively, in the Eastern Conference standings and both clubs appear headed for another year out of the postseason. Florida is on its way to setting an NHL record for playoff droughts with what would be its 10th straight season out of the playoffs, while New York has missed the postseason in three straight and four of the last five campaigns.

Florida has taken two of three from the Isles this season, but New York recorded a 5-1 rout of the Panthers when the clubs last met on Feb. 21 at Nassau Coliseum. The Panthers have still taken three of four and six of eight overall in the series and New York has lost eight straight and nine of its last 10 in Sunrise.

The Isles' last road victory over the Panthers was on Nov. 18, 2006.

The Panthers played the spoiler role to perfection on Thursday, when they shut out the Maple Leafs, 4-0. Sergei Samsonov ignited a three-goal second period, and Scott Clemmensen made 24 saves to record his first shutout of the season.

Stephen Weiss scored a power-play goal and set up another for the Panthers.

"I was glad for the guys," said Florida head coach Peter DeBoer. "We got a lot of kids up here that are competing real hard and trying to do the right thing."

Florida is 15-15-7 as the host team this season.

The Islanders lost their third straight game on Friday, as they were dealt an overtime loss at Carolina. Joni Pitkanen's goal at 3:58 of OT lifted the Hurricanes to the win at RBC Center.

As time wound down in the extra session, Jeff Skinner gained control of the puck near the goal line, then dished back to the point. Pitkanen stepped into his shot, which zipped over Al Montoya's glove and hit the net just below the crossbar on the far side.

Frans Nielsen and Michael Grabner scored for the Islanders, while Montoya made 32 stops in defeat.

"Montoya gave us a chance to win," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. "He made some big saves. I thought Ward was excellent tonight."

Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro could be back between the pipes tonight for the first time since early February. DiPietro was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing roughly five weeks with facial fractures suffered in a fight with Pittsburgh netminder Brent Johnson. He served as the backup to Montoya on Friday.



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