New York
Islanders
38-29-11-4
Florida
Panthers
28-35-15-4

54 SOG
24 SOG
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NYI
FLA
game recap

New York Islanders 4, Florida Panthers 6 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:23 AM

Associated Press

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New York Islanders 4, Florida Panthers 6 FINAL
New York Islanders 4, Florida Panthers 6

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) _ Roberto Luongo gave the Florida Panthers a chance to overcome a terrible first period.

Luongo stopped 50 shots, including 26 in the first period, and the Panthers overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Wednesday night.

``Nobody was satisfied with the first period,'' said Luongo, who came into the game leading the NHL with a 93.4 save percentage. ``I was just trying to keep it close.''

Nathan Horton, Olli Jokinen, Matt Cullen, Stephen Weiss, Mikael Samuelsson and Donald Audette scored for Florida, which was outshot 28-7 in the first period and 54-24 overall.

``They came out hard on us there,'' Panthers coach John Torchetti said. ``They smelled blood and they went for it. Louie was unbelievable. It could have been 5-0 after the first period.''

The victory snapped the Panthers' eight-game winless streak (0-5-3) against the Islanders. Florida is seven points behind the eighth-place Islanders, with both teams having nine games remaining. The top eight teams in the Eastern Conference will advance to the postseason.

``This gives us a chance,'' Cullen said. ``If we don't win this one, it probably closes the door on us.''

Adrian Aucoin, Trent Hunter, Michael Peca and Mark Parrish scored for the Islanders, who tied a franchise record with their 28 first-period shots. The mark was set against Pittsburgh on Dec. 5, 1978.

``You get 28 shots, that's a pretty good stat, but it doesn't mean much if there's no one there for the rebound,'' Islanders center Jason Blake said.

The 28 shots set a Florida record for shots allowed in a period, breaking the mark of 26 set against Anaheim on Jan. 1, 1994, and tied at Los Angeles on Jan. 6, 2000.

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro allowed four goals on 12 shots and was pulled in favor of Garth Snow after the second period.

Luongo kept the Islanders from building more than a 2-0 lead in the first period while Florida was being outshot 28-7.

Weiss began the Florida comeback with 1:23 left in the first period when he took a pass from Horton in the neutral zone and skated in to beat DiPietro between the legs.

Horton's fluke goal tied it at 2:25 of the second period. DiPietro let the puck slip through his legs after going behind the net to play a dump-in.

``To give up such a weak goal was a momentum-changer,'' Islanders coach Steve Stirling said.

Jokinen gave Florida the lead at 14:30 with a short-handed goal, and Cullen closed out the second-period scoring when he put home Mike Van Ryn's cross-ice pass in front of the net.

After Peca brought the Islanders to 4-3 on a tip-in at 7:13 of the third period, Samuelsson scored his first of the season 28 seconds later on a one-timer from the slot.

Parrish cut it to 5-4 at 12:35, and Audette closed out the scoring with a power-play goal with 43.6 seconds left.

Aucoin opened the scoring at 4:27 on a five-on-three with a slap shot that beat Luongo to the stick side. Hunter then banged home a rebound to make it 2-0 at 7:37.

``We weren't happy with how we played in the first period,'' Cullen said. ``It just shows you how valuable Roberto is. He has come through for us all year, and he did it again tonight.''

scoring summary
1st Period
04:27
NYI
PPG - Adrian Aucoin (5) Slapshot - ASST: Clifford Ronning (10), Alexei Yashin (13)
1 - 0 NYI
07:37
NYI
Trent Hunter (24) Slapshot - ASST: Dave Scatchard (13)
2 - 0 NYI
18:37
FLA
Stephen Weiss (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Horton (7)
2 - 1 NYI
2nd Period
02:25
FLA
Nathan Horton (13) Slapshot - ASST: Vaclav Nedorost (2)
2 - 2 Tie
14:30
FLA
SHG - Olli Jokinen (23) Slapshot - ASST: Lyle Odelein (9), Pavel Trnka (12)
3 - 2 FLA
18:29
FLA
Matt Cullen (5) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Van Ryn (21), Mikael Samuelsson (5)
4 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
07:13
NYI
Michael Peca (10) Slapshot - ASST: Adrian Aucoin (29), Jason Blake (25)
4 - 3 FLA
07:40
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson (1) Snap shot - ASST: Niklas Hagman (12)
5 - 3 FLA
12:35
NYI
Mark Parrish (18) Tip-in - ASST: Roman Hamrlik (20), Clifford Ronning (11)
5 - 4 FLA
19:16
FLA
PPG - Donald Audette (6) Tip-in - ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (17), Stephen Weiss (14)
6 - 4 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
02:56
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Slashing
04:19
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson  Hooking
09:00
NYI
Sven Butenschon  Cross checking
10:59
FLA
 Too many men/ice - bench
13:20
FLA
Nathan Horton  Holding
19:03
NYI
Mark Parrish  Holding
2nd Period
05:37
FLA
Nathan Horton  Interference
12:45
FLA
Niklas Hagman  Tripping
3rd Period
11:39
NYI
Jason Blake  Boarding
12:02
FLA
Mikael Samuelsson  Slashing
15:57
FLA
Mike Van Ryn  Elbowing
18:34
NYI
Roman Hamrlik  Boarding
20:00
FLA
Lyle Odelein  Roughing
20:00
NYI
Garth Snow  Roughing
20:00
NYI
Mark Parrish  Roughing
goalie stats
Garth Snow
SA: 12TOI: 19:51
Saves: 10EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 2PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .833SH: 1 - 1
Rick DiPietro
SA: 12TOI: 39:59
Saves: 8EV: 6 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .667SH: 1 - 2
Roberto Luongo
SA: 54TOI: 60:00
Saves: 50EV: 30 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 20 - 21
SV%: .926SH: 0 - 0
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