Florida
Panthers
32-37-13
New York
Islanders
34-37-11

26 SOG
31 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
FLA
NYI
game recap

PANTHERS 7, ISLANDERS 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:44 AM

New York Islanders

A night of bad bounces and missed opportunities was highlighted by Florida Panther center, Nathan Horton’s four-point night which included three goals and an assist, leading his team to a 7-1 victory over the Islanders.  The line of Trent Hunter, Rob Schremp and Jesse Joensuu were the lone bright spot for the home team, creating space and opportunities with their size and eventually scoring the lone Islander goal, coming off the stick of Joensuu, in the second period.

Florida opened the scoring 14:28 into the opening frame on the first of three unlucky Islander bounces.  Bruno Gervais skated through the Islander zone and tried to make a cross-ice pass to one of his forwards flying through the neutral zone but had the puck picked off by Panther forward, Repik.  The Florida winger pushed the puck ahead of him, committing to a move, and back-handed a shot over Roloson for his second goal of the season to make the score 1-0 in favor of the Panthers. 

Horton doubled the Florida lead about three minutes into the second period when his centering pass deflected off of Islander defenseman, Jack Hillen for his ninth tally of the season. 

Joensuu, playing in his second game this season would tally his second career NHL goal just under two minutes later.  Trent Hunter forced two centering attempts, the first of which Vokoun deflected behind the net.  His second attempt wound up on Joensuu’s stick in front where the big Finnish forward slid the puck through the Panther net-minder’s legs to cut the Florida lead to 2-1. 

The third of three bounces that wound up in the back of the Islanders’ net came with the Islanders on the man-advantage.  Horton pressured Islander defenseman Mark Streit at the right point, causing a turnover and allowing him to skate in alone from the redline in.  Horton ripped a shot over Roloson’s glove for his second marker of the game and tenth of the season to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.

Four more Panther goals in the third period would close out the scoring, including Horton’s third of the contest, giving Florida a 7-1 victory over the Islanders.  Stephen Weiss, Kamil Kreps and Radek Dvorak also had tallies in the final 20 minutes of play.

The Islanders out-shot the Panthers by the count of 31 to 26 but were 0-for-2 on the power-play while Florida was 2-for-2 on their man-advantages. 

Wednesday begins a two-game home and home series with the New York Rangers, at 7 p.m. from Madison Square Garden.  The two teams will return to the Nassau Coliseum the following night (Thursday) for a 7 p.m. face-off.  For tickets or information on any upcoming Islander home games, contact the team’s front office at (516) 501-6700 or e-mail customerservice@newyorkislanders.com. 

3 Stars

1. Nathan Horton – Scores three goals and an assist
2. Tomas Vokoun – Makes 30 saves to earn the win
3. Stephen Weiss – Adds to his team lead with 15 goals
Honorable Mention: Michael Repik – Scores a goal and an assist

Extra Time: The Panthers have been in a league high, 13 games this season that have needed either overtime or a shootout to decide a winner.  They are 6-7 in those contests including a 5-4 shootout win against the Islanders back on November 14 at the BankAtlantic Center.  The Islanders are only one game behind Florida with 12 of their 32 games this season going to overtime or the shootout. 

100 Games: Islander forward Josh Bailey played his 100th NHL game tonight against the Panthers. 

Home Cookin’: Prior to tonight’s game against the Panthers, the Islanders had only played 12 home games, the fewest in the NHL.  The Islanders had a 7-3-2 record on Coliseum ice before the puck was dropped tonight. 

Lineups

ISLANDERS


Forwards

26 Matt Moulson – 91 John Tavares – 57 Blake Comeau
12 Josh Bailey – 51 Frans Nielsen – 21 Kyle Okposo
58 Jesse Joensuu – 13 Rob Schremp – 7 Trent Hunter
16 Jon Sim – 10 Richard Park – 11 Nate Thompson

Defensemen

32 Brendan Witt – 44 Freddy Meyer
2 Mark Streit – 8 Bruno Gervais
25 Andy Sutton – 38 Jack Hillen

Goalies

43 Martin Biron (starter)
30 Dwayne Roloson

PANTHERS

Forwards

67 Michael Frolik – 9 Stephen Weiss – 16 Nathan Horton
85 Rostislav Olesz – 27 Steve Reinprecht – 14 Radek Dvorak
32 Michal Repik – 28 Kamil Kreps – 19 Dominic Moore
22 Jeff Taffe – 41 Shawn Matthias – 65 Victor Oreskovich

Defensemen

24 Bryan McCabe – 4 Dennis Seidenberg
2 Keith Ballard – 44 Jordan Leopold
43 Dmitry Kulikov- 5 Bryan Allen

Goalies

29 Tomas Vokoun (starter)
30 Scott Clemmensen
scoring summary
1st Period
14:28
FLA
Michal Repik (2) Backhand shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 0 FLA
2nd Period
02:53
FLA
Nathan Horton (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Michael Frolik (8), Stephen Weiss (14)
2 - 0 FLA
04:17
NYI
Jesse Joensuu (1) Snap shot - ASST: Trent Hunter (9), Rob Schremp (4)
2 - 1 FLA
12:40
FLA
SHG - Nathan Horton (10) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
00:13
FLA
Stephen Weiss (15) Wrist shot - ASST: Nathan Horton (21)
4 - 1 FLA
00:55
FLA
Kamil Kreps (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Dominic Moore (4), Michal Repik (1)
5 - 1 FLA
06:45
FLA
PPG - Radek Dvorak (4) Backhand shot - ASST: Rostislav Olesz (9), Dennis Seidenberg (12)
6 - 1 FLA
14:18
FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (11) Wrist shot - ASST: Bryan McCabe (14), Michael Frolik (9)
7 - 1 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
11:11
FLA
Bryan Allen  Cross checking against  Richard Park
3rd Period
05:34
NYI
Blake Comeau  Boarding against  Bryan Allen
05:34
NYI
Jon Sim  Misconduct (10 min)
10:53
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Holding the stick against  John Tavares
13:26
NYI
Trent Hunter  Hooking against  Nathan Horton
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
8-10-7
SA: 31TOI: 59:54
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .968SH: 0 - 0
Dwayne Roloson
SA: 23TOI: 40:55
Saves: 18EV: 18 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .783SH: 0 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 3TOI: 19:00
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 1
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 2
SV%: .333SH: 0 - 0
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