Islanders 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

Cory Wright | Friday, 11.14.2014 / 11:11 PM

Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo scored in the shootout, as the New York Islanders won their fifth straight game, downing the Florida Panthers 4-3 Friday night at BB&T Center.

The Islanders let a 3-1 lead slip away in the third period, but killed a crucial penalty in overtime and battled back for the shootout win. Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves in regulation, including nine in overtime and stopped two of three shootout opportunities.

“Good teams find a way to win,” Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “Discipline hurt us, we took some stick infractions, but our penalty kill came up big tonight.”

John Tavares, Ryan Strome and Nikolay Kulemin scored three unanswered regulation goals for the Islanders, who improved to 11-5-0. The Islanders shutout streak was snapped Friday, as a first-period goal from Jimmy Hayes halted the second-longest streak in team history at 193:48, five and a half minutes shy of a new record.

The Panthers led 1-0 after the first period, but the Islanders got on the board in the second thanks to Tavares’ seventh goal of the season. The Islanders captain one-timed a cross-ice feed from Okposo past Roberto Luongo at 13:09 of the second period.

Strome put the Islanders ahead two minutes later, burying his second goal of the season on a breakaway. The goal was set up on a home-run feed from Thomas Hickey, who sent a pass from behind the Islanders goal line to Strome at center ice. Strome skated in alone, froze Luongo with a head fake and slid the puck underneath his pads.

Kulemin added to the Islanders lead 3:57 into the third period, driving to the net, wrestling a Johnny Boychuk rebound from Luongo and powering the puck past the Panthers netminder. Kulemin’s goal was his second in as many games – third overall – and his first even-strength goal as an Islander.

Kulemin also hit a crossbar and Nielsen had a shorthanded breakaway, but neither could convert, setting up the Panthers comeback.

Brian Campbell cut into the Islanders lead with a power-play goal at 9:58, while Aaron Ekblad tied the score late, beating a screened Halak with 2:35 to play in regulation.

“We didn’t panic tonight,” Okposo said. “That’s going to happen sometimes. Florida is a very hardworking team, they are a young team and Luongo’s one of the bets goalies in the league. Maybe in years past we let that extra point slide, but tonight we did a good job of sticking with it.”

The Islanders wrap up their back-to-back, Florida road trip Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Islanders are 5-0 this season in back-to-back games. Puck drop at Tampa Bay Times Forum is at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Jaroslav Halak recorded his first point (assist) and penalty (leaving the crease) as an Islander… Nine different Islanders hit the scoresheet… John Tavares led all Islanders with four penalty minutes… Anders Lee had a team-high four shots.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
12:37FLA Jimmy Hayes (3) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (3), Jussi Jokinen (7) 1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
13:09NYI John Tavares (7) ASST: Kyle Okposo (10), Josh Bailey (3) 1 - 1 Tie
15:08NYI Ryan Strome (2) ASST: Thomas Hickey (3), Jaroslav Halak (1) 2 - 1 NYI
3rd Period
03:57NYI Nikolay Kulemin (3) ASST: Johnny Boychuk (9), Mikhail Grabovski (5) 3 - 1 NYI
09:58FLA PPG - Brian Campbell (1) ASST: Jussi Jokinen (8), Aleksander Barkov (1) 3 - 2 NYI
17:25FLA Aaron Ekblad (2) ASST: Vincent Trocheck (4), Jimmy Hayes (3) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
1NYIFrans Nielsen - Goal
2FLAJonathan Huberdeau - Goal
3NYIKyle Okposo - Goal
4FLAJussi Jokinen - Save
5NYIJohn Tavares - Missed
6FLABrad Boyes - Save
Shootout Summary
RNDNew York IslandersFlorida Panthers
1Frans NielsenJonathan Huberdeau
2Kyle OkposoJussi Jokinen
3John TavaresBrad Boyes
Three Stars of the Game
Kyle Okposo
Kyle Okposo
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 21:05
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 34TOI: 65:00
GA: 3EV: 25-28
PIM: 0PP: 3-3
SV%: .912SH: 3-3
Jimmy Hayes
Jimmy Hayes
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 1Hits: 2
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:49
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:36FLA Tomas Kopecky  Kneeing against  Calvin de Haan
2nd Period
10:34NYI Kyle Okposo  Hi-sticking against  Scottie Upshall
15:53NYI Jaroslav Halak  Delaying Game-Ill. play goalie
3rd Period
00:58NYI John Tavares  Hooking against  Brad Boyes
07:56FLA Brad Boyes  Tripping against  Calvin de Haan
09:11NYI John Tavares  Slashing against  Dylan Olsen
13:27NYI Josh Bailey  Slashing against  Jimmy Hayes
17:43FLA Willie Mitchell  Hooking against  Kyle Okposo
OT Period
03:57NYI Ryan Strome  Cross checking against  Jonathan Huberdeau
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/6
Faceoff Wins2639
Blocked Shots1723
Penalty Minutes126
2N. LeddyD0012017:16
3T. HamonicD00-20023:35
11L. VisnovskyD0022020:57
12J. BaileyR0113213:56
14T. HickeyD0121021:14
15C. ClutterbuckR0002012:12
17M. MartinL0000010:02
18R. StromeR1002216:44
21K. OkposoR0103221:05
27A. LeeL0004010:49
29B. NelsonL0000015:21
44C. de HaanD00-23023:01
51F. NielsenC0013016:11
53C. CizikasC0000012:55
55J. BoychukD0113022:34
84M. GrabovskiC0111013:00
86N. KuleminL1003018:20
91J. TavaresC1002420:58
41J. Halak3538.92165:00
4D. OlsenD00-24016:55
5A. EkbladD1013024:27
11J. HuberdeauL00-12019:50
12J. HayesR1125013:49
14T. FleischmannL00-1108:47
16A. BarkovC01-13019:56
17D. MacKenzieC00-10011:05
19S. UpshallR00-11016:25
21V. TrocheckC0221013:30
22S. ThorntonL00-1108:21
24B. BoyesR00-11217:45
27N. BjugstadC00-13019:20
33W. MitchellD0000222:11
36J. JokinenL0224018:00
44E. GudbransonD00-23020:12
47C. RobakD0001015:28
51B. CampbellD1013030:01
82T. KopeckyR00-12217:58
1R. Luongo3134.91265:00