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FLORIDA 4, ISLANDERS 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

Jason Lockhart - Website/Publications Coordinator

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FLORIDA 4, ISLANDERS 2
New York Islanders 2, Florida Panthers 4

Goals by Guerin and Comeau not enough to pick up the win


A young Islanders team put on a strong effort against the Florida Panthers, Wednesday night at the Bank Atlantic Center, but fell just short, losing a 4-2 decision that included an empty-net goal.

The Islanders took it to the Panthers in the first two periods, out-shooting them 24-18, but managed only five shots in the third period. Florida ultimately out-shot the Islanders 32-29.

"We talk a lot about the effort," said head coach Ted Nolan. "The effort was there and they played hard, with Billy Guerin leading the way. We could have had a couple more lucky breaks go our way in the first to help change the result, but I like how the guys rallied. The kids from Bridgeport played with energy and the veterans led."

Captain Bill Guerin and Blake Comeau scored goals for an Islanders team featuring the likes of Ben Walter, Steve Regier, Tim Jackman and Matthew Spiller. The Islanders were missing a total of ten regulars from their lineup due to injuries. Comeau had his game-tying attempt in the final minute go just over the net.

"When things are going bad, they keep going bad," said Nolan. "Blake just missed that last one. In his career, I think Blake will score more than he misses."

Tomas Vokoun picked up the win with 27 saves, while the Panthers earned goals from four different players to win their fifth straight game.

Guerin put the Islanders up 1-0, 28 seconds into the second period. After a series of saves by Rick DiPietro, Jeff Tambellini chipped the puck up to Richard Park, springing a 2-on-1. Park fed a perfect pass across to Guerin, who one-timed the puck past Vokoun.

The Panthers tallied the equalizer when Kamil Kreps converted on a Panthers 2-on-1 less than a minute later.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead at 1:05 of the third period when Stephen Weiss chipped a loose puck just over the goal line during a net-mouth scramble.

The Islanders tied the game at two on the power play. Mike Comrie found Comeau with a spin-around pass. Comeau let go a laser that beat Vokoun with 7:18 gone by in the third period.

But Florida took a 3-2 lead when Karlis Skrastins' shot from the point beat DiPietro 1:04 later.

Comeau had a golden opportunity to tie the game at three with DiPietro pulled, but he shot a bouncing puck over the net that was open with Vokoun down. Brett McLean added the empty-netter moments later for a 4-2 game.

The Islanders return to action to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Five Stars of the Game:
1. Jay Bouwmeester:
An all-around game with an assist, +4, 27:12 TOI, 2 takeaways, 2 blocked shots
2. Tomas Vokoun: Steady in his sixth consecutive win against the Islanders
3. Blake Comeau: Generated a lot of offense, 4 shots, 4 hits
4. Karlis Skrastins: Tallied the game-winner, +3
5. Bill Guerin: Showed strong leadership with a young. team, chipped in with a goal

Stat of the Game: Showing extra confidence in Blake Comeau, Ted Nolan rewarded him with 17:46 of ice time – the most by any Islanders forward

Slapshots: Richard Park and Trent Hunter were tonight's alternate captains… The Islanders were without Ruslan Fedotenko (sprained knee), Brendan Witt (sprained MCL) and Andy Hilbert (foot)…Bruno Gervais might be ready to go for Saturday's game against Montreal.


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
34 Wade Dubielewicz

Defensemen
6   Matthew Spiller - 24 Radek Martinek
44 Freddy Meyer - 3   Rob Davison
4   Bryan Berard – 2 Aaron Johnson

Forwards
15 Jeff Tambellini – 10 Richard Park - 13 Bill Guerin
7 Trent Hunter – 63 Josef Vasicek - 20 Sean Bergenheim
28 Tim Jackman - 89 Mike Comrie - 57 Blake Comeau
81 Miroslav Satan - 29 Ben Walter – 48 Steve Regier


FLORIDA
Goaltenders
29 Tomas Vokoun
31 Craig Anderson

Defensemen
4   Jay Bouwmeester – 3 Karlis Skrastins
5   Bryan Allen – 21 Cory Murphy
22 Jassen Cullimore – 6 Magnus Johansson

Forwards
53 Brett McLean - 12 Olli Jokinen - 85 Rostislav Olesz
10 David Booth - 9 Stephen Weiss - 16 Nathan Horton
18 Ville Peltonen - 11 Gregory Campbell – 7 Steve Montador
14 Radek Dvorak - 54 Kamil Kreps – 33 Wade Belak


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scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:28
NYI
Bill Guerin (22) ASST: Richard Park (16), Jeff Tambellini (2)
1 - 0 NYI
01:23
FLA
Kamil Kreps (7) ASST: Ville Peltonen (12), Radek Dvorak (8)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:05
FLA
Stephen Weiss (12) ASST: Brett McLean (15), Jay Bouwmeester (19)
2 - 1 FLA
07:18
NYI
PPG - Blake Comeau (6) ASST: Mike Comrie (28), Bryan Berard (14)
2 - 2 Tie
08:22
FLA
Karlis Skrastins (2) ASST: NONE
3 - 2 FLA
19:11
FLA
EN - Brett McLean (14) ASST: Nathan Horton (33)
4 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
08:55
FLA
Jassen Cullimore  Tripping against  Josef Vasicek
2nd Period
04:40
NYI
Tim Jackman  Tripping against  Magnus Johansson
08:04
NYI
Jeff Tambellini  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
14:36
FLA
Magnus Johansson  Interference against  Radek Martinek
3rd Period
06:26
FLA
Steve Montador  Slashing against  Aaron Johnson
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
SA: 31TOI: 59:35
Saves: 28EV: 25 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .931SH: 0 - 0
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