NHL Recap: New York Islanders handled Florida Panthers, 4-3

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NHL Recap: New York Islanders handled Florida Panthers, 4-3

P.A. Parenteau recorded two goals, including the game-winner in the shootout, as New York Islanders held on for a 4-3 victory against Florida Panthers, at Bank Atlantic Centre on Saturday night.

Micheal Haley and Michael Grabner each also netted a goal, while Rick DiPietro made 29 saves for New York, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Frans Nielsen also tallied a goal in the shootout.

Evgeny Dadonov found the back of the net twice for Florida, which has dropped in eight games of its previous 11. Stephen Weiss also added a goal and Scott Clemmensen turned away just 18 shots in the losing effort.

New York got the scoring started for 1-0 lead just after the five-minute mark of the second period. It happened so when Dmitry Kulikov turned the puck over in the New York zone and Grabner moved with the puck the other way and sent a pass above the right circle to Nielsen, who passed it back to Grabner, who then ripped a wrist shot from the left circle past Clemmensen for his 30th goal of the season.

Florida dominated the play when Dadonov knotted the game at 1-1 in 12th minute of the second period and then put the Panther on top, 2-1, with nearly 2 ½ minutes left in the middle session.

Parenteau tied the game at 2-2 a little more than seven minutes into the final frame, as he received a cross-ice pass from Jack Hillen in the slot and beat Clemmensen on the stick side.

Haley gave Islanders 3-2 lead just before the midway mark of the third period, as he grabbed the puck in his zone, skated to the net and fired a wrist shot through Clemmensen’s pads during a rush on left side.

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

Weiss pulled an equalizer at 3-3 for Florida with 6 ½ minutes to play in the third period, as he blasted a slap shot from top of the right circle got past DiPietro’s glove to send the game into extra session.

With 28 seconds left in overtime, Panthers’ David Booth got an opportunity to score when he got a penalty shot, as he was dragged down on a partial breakaway. But he failed to score, as his shot went wide of the net.

"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."

In the shootout, DiPietro stopped shots from Sergei Samsonov and Mike Santorelli, while Nielsen and Parenteau scored the deciding goal to seal the win at 4-3.


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