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Florida
Panthers
41-30-11

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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers
Islanders go for two-game Florida sweep as they visit the Panthers tonight; TV: MSG PLUS 2; Radio: 94.3 WMJC; Game Time 7 pm

 The Islanders will look for their second straight win in the Sunshine State as they take on the Florida Panthers at the Bank Atlantic Center tonight at 7 pm. Some bad blood could be brewing after Florida's Rostislav Olesz hit Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman Chris Lee hard into the boards from behind during preseason action. Be sure to catch all of the action live on 94.3 WMJC with Steve Mears and Chris King and on MSG PLUS 2 with Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe.
 
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The Islanders made their Thursday night contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning very interesting, but all that mattered was that they earned two points. Trent Hunter scored two goals, including the overtime winner to stake the Islanders to a 4-3 victory.
 
Mike Comrie chipped in with a goal and an assist, and Frans Nielsen assisted on two goals to help the Islanders improve to 2-2-0 on the season. Joey MacDonald––playing in his fourth straight game––stopped 33 of 36 shots. Doug Weight also tallied his second power play goal of the season.
 
The Islanders were on their way to a trouble-free victory in the third period, leading 2-0, but the Lightning stormed back to tie the game. Hunter put the Islanders back on top, but only momentarily as Tampa Bay scored again to force overtime.
 
In the extra frame, Tampa goalie Olaf Kolzig coughed the puck up to Nielsen, who found a wide open Hunter in the slot for an easy put away only 51 seconds into the extra period. Hunter now leads the Islanders with four goals in four games. He is tied with Weight for the team lead in points with four.
 
The Panthers come into tonight's game sporting a record of 1-2-0. They opened the season with a 6-4 loss to Carolina before defeating Atlanta 3-2, last Saturday. Their last contest was a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
 
Florida lost their former captain, Olli Jokinen, on Draft Day to a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes. They have added forward Cory Stillman to the lineup and defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton. Bryan McCabe is also with Florida, but he is out with a back injury.
 
Leading the way early offensively for the Panthers have been Stephen Weiss (1-3-4) and David (3-1-4). Nathan Horton (1-2-3) and Ballard (0-3-3) have contributed as well. Tomas Vokoun has started all three games for the Panthers and has a 4.04 goals-against average and a .859 save percentage.
 
The Islanders and Panthers split their two preseason meetings this year. The Islanders won 4-2 in Summerside, P.E.I., while Florida won 6-0 at home. Last season, the Islanders failed to win a game against the Panthers in four tries.



Watch IslandersTV post-game raw from the Islanders' 4-3 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.


TEAM LEADERS
Islanders
Trent Hunter, 4 goals; Bruno Gervais, 3 assists; Doug Weight, Trent Hunter, 4 points; Nate Thompson, Brendan Witt, 17 PIM
Florida – David Booth, 3 goals; Stephen Weiss, Keith Ballard, 3 assists; Booth, Weiss, 4 points; Wade Belak, 9 PIM
 
SPECIAL TEAMS:
Islanders
- Power play: 12.0%; Penalty killing: 75.0%
Florida - Power play: 13.3%; Penalty killing: 66.7%
 
GOALTENDERS:
Islanders
Rick DiPietro (0-0-0), 0.00 GAA, .000 SV%); Joey MacDonald (2-2-0, 3.50, .889)
Florida – Tomas Vokoun (1-2-1, 4.04, .859); Craig Anderson (0-0-0, 6.00, .833)
 
2007-08 SEASON SERIES:
Islanders: 0-3-1

LAST MEETING
October 6, 2008 at the Bank Atlantic Center: 6-0 Florida win

 
ROAD/HOME RECORDS:
Florida
– 1-1-0 at home
Islanders – 1-1-0 on the road
 
 
ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
35 Joey MacDonald
39 Rick DiPietro
 
Defensemen
2   Mark Streit
8   Bruno Gervais
17 Thomas Pock
32 Brendan Witt "A"
38 Jack Hillen
44 Freddy Meyer
 
Forwards
7   Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park "A"
11 Andy Hilbert
12 Josh Bailey
13 Bill Guerin "C"
15 Jeff Tambellini
16 Jon Sim
20 Sean Bergenheim
21 Kyle Okposo
45 Nate Thompson
49 Mitch Fritz
51 Frans Nielsen
89 Mike Comrie
93 Doug Weight
 

FLORIDA
Goaltenders
29 Tomas Vokoun
31 Craig Anderson

Defensemen
2 Branislav Mezei
4 Jay Bouwmeester
5 Bryan Allen "A"
7 Noah Welch
21 Cory Murphy
44 Nick Boynton

Forwards
9   Stephen Weiss "A"
10 David Booth
11 Gregory Campbell
13 Anthony Stewart
16 Nathan Horton
18 Ville Peltonen
20 Richard Zednik
28 Kamil Kreps
33 Wade Belak
53 Brett McLean
57 Anthony Stewart
61 Cory Stillman "A"
67 Michael Frolik
85 Rostislav Olesz


2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Feb 05 '09 NYI 2 at FLA 3 R. Zednik
Jan 31 '09 FLA 1 at NYI 3 B. Guerin
Dec 31 '08 FLA 2 at NYI 4 S. Bergenheim
Oct 18 '08 NYI 0 at FLA 2 N. Boynton
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Hunter5404+0411
D. Weight5224+1220
M. Comrie5213-1800
B. Guerin5123+1600
B. Gervais5033+0000
A. Hilbert5112-2200
F. Nielsen5022-1000
K. Okposo5022-1200
M. Streit5022-2400
S. Bergenheim5101-11501
R. Park5011-2400
J. Tambellini5011-2400
T. Pock4011+2400
J. Sim5000+0600
B. Witt5000-11700
N. Thompson5000-11700
F. Meyer5000-21000
J. Hillen4000-2400
R. Martinek2000+1200
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. MacDonald42-2-0141263.50.889
R. DiPietro10-1-02362.03.944
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Booth4314+4001
S. Weiss4134+2200
N. Horton4134-2410
K. Ballard4044-1800
C. Stillman4213-1020
N. Boynton4213-2701
R. Zednik4022+2200
R. Dvorak4101+0000
K. Skrastins2101+1200
J. Bouwmeester4011+0400
C. Murphy4011+0200
B. McLean4011-1200
R. Olesz4011-2200
K. Kreps3011+0000
B. Allen2011+2000
B. McCabe1011+0000
G. Campbell4000-2200
V. Peltonen4000-3000
W. Belak3000-1900
N. Welch3000-2000
A. Stewart1000+0000
M. Frolik1000-1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Vokoun42-2-0111092.96.899
C. Anderson10-0-02126.00.833
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