Panthers 4, Islanders 2
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.