Islanders 3, Panthers 2, SO

Cory Wright | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

The New York Islanders rallied twice in regulation before eventually beating the Florida Panthers 3-2 in a shootout Sunday evening at BankAtlantic Center.

Frans Nielsen beat Jose Theodore with his patented backhand and improved to 7 for 11 in shootouts this season. Evgeni Nabokov turned aside all three Florida shooters as the Islanders earned their first win against the Panthers this season.

“We came out a little flat in the first period,” Nielsen said. “They knew we played last night so they came out hard. In the second and third we got the legs going and I liked the way we played.”

The Islanders were outshot 16-9 by the Panthers in the opening 20 minutes and found themselves down by one after a Stephen Weiss converted a chance at 5:55.

Matt Moulson responded for the Islanders with a power play goal at 18:57 of the second period, solving an otherwise rock solid Theodore. With the goal, Moulson extended his goal-scoring streak to three games. The Isles outshot the Panthers 14-9 in a much stronger second period.

“It was a big goal for us,” Nielsen said. “We had a lot of zone time and we kept shooting and shooting and couldn’t get it in, so it was a relief when he scored.”

Tomas Fleischmann put the Panthers back on top midway through the third, taking advantage of a strange bounce off a Mark Streit clearing attempt. Fleischmann threw a long wrist shot on net that snuck through a surprised Nabokov.

Two and a half minutes later the Islanders answered back with a friendly deflection off of the stick Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who tipped home a Kyle Okposo shot on goal.

“In the second period we played well,” Nabokov said. “We had the momentum. The third period was kind of even, but we had our chances. I thought it was a pretty good game by us.”

Both goalies turned in solid outings for their respective teams Sunday. Nabokov made 33 saves in regulation and three more in the shootout while Theodore stopped 35 plus one in the shootout.

With an assist on Okposo’s goal, Josh Bailey extended his point streak to four games (1g/3a). John Tavares picked up his 44th assist of the season and has 12 points (5g/7a) in his last eight games.

The Islanders wrap up their five-game, two-week road trip with a stop in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Action gets under way at 7 p.m.
Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:55FLA Stephen Weiss (19) ASST: Tomas Fleischmann (32), Tomas Kopecky (20) 1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
18:57NYI PPG - Matt Moulson (34) ASST: John Tavares (44), PA Parenteau (49) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
09:51FLA Tomas Fleischmann (24) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (21) 2 - 1 FLA
12:22NYI Kyle Okposo (17) ASST: Frans Nielsen (24), Josh Bailey (12) 2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1FLAJohn Madden - Save
2NYIFrans Nielsen - Goal
3FLAWojtek Wolski - Save
4NYIJohn Tavares - Save
5FLAMarcel Goc - Missed
Shootout Summary
RNDFlorida PanthersNew York Islanders
1John MaddenFrans Nielsen
2Wojtek WolskiJohn Tavares
3Marcel Goc
Three Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 35TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 29-31
PIM: 0PP: 4-4
SV%: .943SH: 0-0
Tomas Fleischmann
Tomas Fleischmann
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 18:26
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 37TOI: 65:00
GA: 2EV: 31-32
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .946SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
07:23NYI Kyle Okposo  Hi-sticking against  Brian Campbell
18:40NYI David Ullstrom  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jose Theodore
2nd Period
15:26FLA Stephen Weiss  Slashing against  Steve Staios
17:01FLA Jason Garrison  Cross checking against  Frans Nielsen
3rd Period
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/20/2
Faceoff Wins2827
Blocked Shots149
Penalty Minutes44
2M. StreitD0002026:50
3T. HamonicD00-13024:52
12J. BaileyR0112018:54
15P. ParenteauR01-23020:07
16M. ReasonerC0000015:25
17M. MartinL0001010:27
21K. OkposoR1015217:17
24S. StaiosD0000013:25
26M. MoulsonL10-23017:25
27M. JurcinaD00-13015:29
29J. PandolfoL0000011:55
40M. GrabnerR0003015:18
41D. UllstromL0003213:12
42D. ReeseD0013023:21
47A. MacDonaldD00-13024:28
51F. NielsenC0112018:46
53C. CizikasC000109:23
91J. TavaresC01-20019:26
20E. Nabokov3335.94365:00
7D. KulikovD0003021:43
8W. WolskiL0002011:45
9S. WeissC1022221:57
10J. MaddenC000107:58
14T. FleischmannL1113018:26
16M. SturmL0001011:49
18S. MatthiasC00-14015:17
20S. BergenheimL0005020:07
25J. SmithsonC0002010:04
26M. SamuelssonR0000014:52
32K. VersteegR0001019:11
43M. WeaverD0000022:05
44E. GudbransonD0013016:54
51B. CampbellD0001026:33
52J. GarrisonD0004224:26
55E. JovanovskiD0011016:24
57M. GocC0002017:52
82T. KopeckyR0210018:41
60J. Theodore3537.94665:00