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FLORIDA 2, ISLANDERS 0

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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FLORIDA 2, ISLANDERS 0
New York Islanders 0, Florida Panthers 2

Islanders can't solve Vokoun in DiPietro's season debut

by Joshua A. Bernstein

Nick Boynton and Cory Stillman each scored for Florida to spoil Rick DiPietro's season debut Saturday night at BankAtlantic Center, as the Panthers defeated the Islanders 2-0. Overall, DiPietro was solid in goal, making 34 saves in his first action of the season.

"I felt good. It's nice to be back and contribute," said DiPietro, who made his first start since March 15. "Unfortunately, we lost, but it was good to get my feet wet and finally get some action."

Florida took a 1-0 lead just 24 seconds into the game when Keith Ballard's slap shot from the point hit the post and took a big carom to the right side. Boynton found the puck and put home an easy rebound for his second goal of the season. Ballard and Brett McLean got the assists.
 
The Panthers had a couple of chances to increase their lead in the first period. Nathan Horton had a look at a wide open net at 3:34 of the period, but was denied by the stick of Mark Streit. Florida also had three power plays in the period, but couldn't convert.
 
The Panthers finally capitalized on their fourth power-play opportunity with Stillman's goal at 8:58 of the second period. Nathan Horton drew two defenders at the top of the slot and found Stillman on the right side. Stillman wristed the puck past a sprawling DiPietro for his second goal of the season. Horton and Rostislav Olesz had the assists.
 
"First and foremost, it's another night where we get all these penalties against us and it puts us on our heels," said Head Coach Scott Gordon. "It doesn't matter how good you kill penalties, you're not allowing yourself to establish any momentum in their zone."

DiPietro made 17 saves in the second period. One of those came against Radek Dvorak. After stealing the puck from Freddy Meyer, Dvorak skated in on a breakaway against DiPietro. Dvorak went to his backhand before trying to go 5-hole, but was denied by DiPietro.
 
DiPietro also robbed Richard Zednik on a power play midway through the third period. Stephen Weiss found Zednik alone at the top of the crease, but DiPietro stretched across to make the glove save.

"I thought Rick did a great job of tracking the puck. That was probably the best I've seen him," said Gordon. "Especially to come off giving up a goal on his first shot, not to have that phase him was great."

Panthers' goaltender Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves to earn the shutout.
 
The Islanders went 0-for-2 on the power play, recording three shots. The Panthers went 1-for-6 with the man advantage. Florida out-shot New York, 36-31.


Three Stars of the Game:
1. Tomas Vokoun: made 31 saves for his first shutout of the season
2. Cory Stillman: PPG, 2 shots, +1
3. Nick Boynton: 1 goal, 3 shots, 24:07 of ice time, +1
Honorable MentionRick DiPietro: made 34 saves in his season debut
 
SlapshotsJeff Tambellini was denied his first goal of the season when he hit the crossbar in the second period…Mark Streit again led the Islanders with 23:58 of ice time…Bill Guerin led the team with six shots, while Trent Hunter paced the Islanders with four hits…Josh Bailey (lower body), Mitch Fritz (healthy) and Radek Martinek (upper body) were all scratches.
 

Click here to watch Scott Gordon, Rick DiPietro, Mark Streit and Doug Weight talk about the loss to the Panthers.



ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
39 Rick DiPietro
35 Joey MacDonald

Defense
32 Brendan Witt - 38 Jack Hillen
17 Thomas Pock - 2 Mark Streit
44 Freddy Meyer - 8 Bruno Gervais

Forwards
16 Jon Sim - 93 Doug Weight - 13 Bill Guerin
10 Richard Park - 89 Mike Comrie - 21 Kyle Okposo
15 Jeff Tambellini - 51 Frans Nielsen - 7 Trent Hunter
11 Andy Hilbert - 45 Nate Thompson - 20 Sean Bergenheim
 

FLORIDA
Goaltenders
29 Tomas Vokoun
31 Craig Anderson

Defensemen
2 Branislav Mezei - 4 Jay Bouwmeester
7 Noah Welch - 44 Nick Boynton
3 Karlis Skrastins - 21 Cory Murphy

Forwards
61 Cory Stillman - 16 Nathan Horton - 53 Brett McLean
10 David Booth - 9 Stephen Weiss - 20 Richard Zednik
11 Gregory Campbell - 85 Rostislav Olesz - 14 Radek Dvorak
18 Ville Peltonen - 28 Kamil Kreps - 33 Wade Belak

 


scoring summary
1st Period
00:24
FLA
Nick Boynton (2) ASST: Keith Ballard (4), Brett McLean (1)
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
08:58
FLA
PPG - Cory Stillman (2) ASST: Nathan Horton (3), Rostislav Olesz (1)
2 - 0 FLA
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
07:19
NYI
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Nathan Horton
13:05
NYI
Richard Park  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
15:19
NYI
Jeff Tambellini  Too many men/ice - bench
18:16
FLA
Rostislav Olesz  Slashing against  Freddy Meyer
2nd Period
07:43
NYI
Freddy Meyer  Tripping against  Ville Peltonen
14:46
NYI
Trent Hunter  Hooking against  Radek Dvorak
19:42
FLA
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Andy Hilbert
3rd Period
10:45
NYI
Mark Streit  Tripping against  David Booth
goalie stats
Rick DiPietro
SA: 36TOI: 58:31
Saves: 34EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 11
SV%: .944SH: 0 - 0
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
2-2-0
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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