Islanders win third straight at home

Cory Wright | Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 10:56 PM

The New York Islanders skated to their third straight home win Tuesday night, downing the Florida Panthers 4-2 at Nassau Coliseum.

Matt Martin scored the eventual winner, as he, Travis Hamonic, Josh Bailey and Mike Halmo scored four unanswered goals giving the Islanders their first win against the Panthers this season. Colin McDonald chipped in with two assists as the Islanders won for the fourth time in five games (4-0-1).

“Lately, it’s been coming together pretty nicely,” Martin said. “In a lot of ways… this is pretty well our team for next season. It’s good that we are gelling, that everyone’s producing and playing good hockey right now.”

The Islanders dictated where and how the game was played, as they outshot the Panthers 40-22, out-hit them 31-17 and tracked hard defensively all game. The Islanders only miscue came early in the game, as Quinton Howden intercepted a pass for a shorthanded breakaway and put the Panthers up 1-0 at 1:50.

The goal didn’t faze the Islanders, who regrouped and answered on the same power play. Hamonic beat Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen with a long-range wrister 45 seconds later cooling the Panthers momentum and tilting the ice the other way.

“To get the tying goal was big,” head coach Jack Capuano said. “It’s real simple, shoot the puck... The surge started to go our way a bit there.”

Eleven minutes into the second period, Bailey put the Islanders ahead, joining the play after serving a tripping minor and roofing a loose rebound over Clemmensen. Bailey also assisted on Hamonic’s power-play goal, giving the Bowmanville, ON native four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four games.

Martin’s eventual winner came six minutes later, as he buried a smart, simple feed from McDonald, who purposely played a shot off Clemmensen’s right pad, forcing the goalie to kick the rebound into the slot.

“I saw Marty coming in and I just tried to lay one off [Clemmensen’s] pad,” McDonald said. “It couldn’t have worked out any better.”

Halmo rounded out the Isles scoring with his first-career NHL goal, which came in spectacular fashion, as the rookie batted his own rebound out of the air and past Clemmensen.

Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves for the Islanders, conceding a late power-play goal to Brandon Pirri with four seconds to play. Clemmensen stopped 36 shots.

The Islanders play the back half of a back-to-back set Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators. The puck drops in the Canadian capital at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The Nystrom award is given to the Islander who best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication and is voted on by the fans… Martin claims the award for a third straight season… Travis Hamonic led the Isles with 24:44… Cal Clutterbuck led the Islanders with seven hits… Matt Carkner fought Erik Gudbranson and Krys Barch.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
01:50FLA SHG - Quinton Howden (4) ASST: NONE 1 - 0 FLA
02:35NYI PPG - Travis Hamonic (3) ASST: Josh Bailey (24) 1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
11:18NYI Josh Bailey (7) ASST: Colin McDonald (9), Ryan Strome (9) 2 - 1 NYI
17:36NYI Matt Martin (8) ASST: Colin McDonald (10) 3 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
04:21NYI Mike Halmo (1) ASST: Casey Cizikas (9) 4 - 1 NYI
19:54FLA PPG - Brandon Pirri (11) ASST: Brian Campbell (28), Dmitry Kulikov (11) 4 - 2 NYI
Three Stars of the Game
Josh Bailey
Josh Bailey
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 19:04
Colin McDonald
Colin McDonald
G: 0Shots: 5
A: 2Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 12:16
Mike Halmo
Mike Halmo
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 13:22
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:42FLA Jonathan Racine  Interference against  Cal Clutterbuck
05:55FLA Jimmy Hayes  Boarding against  Matt Martin
12:42FLA Scottie Upshall  Roughing against  Thomas Hickey
17:41FLA Erik Gudbranson  Misconduct (10 min) against  Matt Carkner
17:41FLA Erik Gudbranson  Instigator against  Matt Carkner
17:41FLA Erik Gudbranson  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
17:41NYI Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Erik Gudbranson
17:41NYI Matt Carkner  Hi-sticking against  Scottie Upshall
2nd Period
09:01NYI Josh Bailey  Tripping against  Brian Campbell
11:53NYI Thomas Hickey  Roughing against  Scottie Upshall
14:12NYI Matt Carkner  Fighting (maj) against  Krys Barch
14:12FLA Krys Barch  Fighting (maj) against  Matt Carkner
3rd Period
16:43FLA Dmitry Kulikov  Interference against  John Persson
19:04NYI Anders Lee  Hi-sticking against  Colby Robak
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/31/4
Faceoff Wins2929
Blocked Shots2019
Penalty Minutes3018
4D. OlsenD0011016:45
7D. KulikovD01-20225:30
12J. HayesR00-22215:09
14T. FleischmannL00-10015:51
17J. WinchesterC0011014:23
19S. UpshallR0002213:50
20S. BergenheimL00-23019:35
21K. BarchR00-1055:27
23S. GomezC00-21018:47
24B. BoyesR000003:17
27N. BjugstadC00-11017:05
42Q. HowdenC1012016:50
44E. GudbransonD00001716:14
47C. RobakD0001019:47
51B. CampbellD01-10024:43
58J. RacineD00-10215:35
67V. TrocheckC00-14018:05
73B. PirriC1004015:24
30S. Clemmensen3640.90059:50
3T. HamonicD1011024:44
7M. CarknerD00011210:19
12J. BaileyR1114219:04
13C. McDonaldR0225012:16
14T. HickeyD0021218:15
15C. ClutterbuckR0006015:37
17M. MartinL1013014:46
18R. StromeR0111013:29
24K. CzuczmanD0012022:05
27A. LeeL00-11216:32
28J. SundstromC0011012:59
29B. NelsonL00-11016:18
43M. HalmoL1013013:22
44C. de HaanD0012022:52
46M. DonovanD0002019:36
51F. NielsenC00-10017:49
53C. CizikasC0112014:07
56J. PerssonL0004011:00
20E. Nabokov2022.90960:00