Panthers 4, Islanders 2

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP)—Juraj Kolnik scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:07 left, lifting the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night.

Jay Bouwmeester, Joe Nieuwendyk and Martin Gelinas netted the other goals for Florida, and Jamie McLennan made 24 saves.

Miroslav Satan scored both New York goals. Rick DiPietro stopped 40 saves but it wasn’t enough to keep the Islanders from losing for the second straight night following a four-game winning streak that got them back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The 10th-place Islanders are five points behind Montreal, which currently holds the final postseason spot.

Kolnik took the puck from behind the net and let go a shot from the left circle. The puck trickled under the right leg of DiPietro and across the line. Gelinas added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Florida’s win.

Satan got the Islanders even at 2 at 7:49 of the third. Shawn Bates sent a backhand pass to the right of the crease to Satan, who flipped the puck into the net as McLennan fell down.

The Panthers took a 2-1 lead on Nieuwendyk’s power-play goal at 16:07 of the second. Jon Sim’s shot was blocked but the puck stayed in front on the crease. DiPietro fell down, and Nieuwendyk poked a shot up high to give the Panthers their first man-advantage goal in six games.

The Islanders got even at 1 at 13:24 of the first. Satan’s slap shot from the right circle got past McLennan on the stick side.

Florida took a 1-0 lead just 33 seconds in. Sean Hill fired a shot from the blue line, and the defenseman Bouwmeester redirected the puck in to notch his first goal of the season, despite playing in all 66 games this season.


Panthers D Lukas Krajicek missed his fourth game due to the flu. … New York C Mike York missed the game because of a concussion.

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  Game Winning Goal
J. Kolnik J. Kolnik
Florida Panthers
Scored at 14:53 of 3rd


Goalie Team Shot Save
Rick DiPietro NYI 43 40
Jamie McLennan Cgy 26 24