After playing the first period to a 1-1 draw, the Panthers blew the game open with a three-goal second period. There were no goals scored in the third period. Florida scored four unanswered goals in the game after the Islanders scored early in the first frame.
Islanders center Frans Nielsen got his 10th goal of the season on a wrist shot to open the scoring at 3:35 of the first period. Tyson Strachan responded with his first goal of the season for Florida at the 14:57 mark.
Tomas Fleischmann scored on a tip-in just 4:17 into the second period. Kris Versteeg extended the Panthers' lead on a slap shot goal during a Florida power-play at 11:41 of the second period. Jack Skille beat Evgeni Nabokov with a wrist shot near the end of the second period.
Nabokov was pulled after making 11 saves on 15 shots. Al Montoya saved all four shots he faced after entering the game. Despite outshooting the Panthers, 26-19, the Islanders only solved Jose Theodore once and went 0-for-2 on the power-play.
The Islanders had earned a point in nine of their previous 11 outings before Sunday's loss. New York will be on the road for its next game against the Winnipeg Jets Feb. 14.
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