The New York Islanders won their third straight at home, something they have had a hard time doing all year. With a heavy rookie lineup due to a plague of injuries, the Islanders took down the Florida Panthers last night, winning 4-2.
The Panthers took an early lead with a shorthanded goal from Quinton Howden only 1:50 into the first period. After some sloppy puck handling at center ice from the Islanders, Howden intercepted the puck, streaking down the ice to beat Evgeni Nabokov for the early lead.
Less than a minute later, Travis Hamonic would rip a shot through traffic from just in front of the blue line, beating Scott Clemmensen to tie the game. 11:18 into the 2nd period, Josh Bailey would put the Islanders ahead after scoring off of a rebound just outside the crease. Colin McDonald would make a move into the crease but get his shot deflected by Clemmensen. The puck would find Bailey’s stick, where he would send it top shelf for the score.
With about two and a half minutes left in the 2nd period, Matt Martin would also score off of a Colin McDonald deflected shot. Streaking down the left side of the ice, McDonald would attempt a sharp angled shot which would be deflected to the right of Clemmensen. Martin who was also streaking down the ice with McDonald on a 2-on-1 would gather the rebound and send it to the back of the net for the 3-1 lead.
Known for losing two goal leads, the Islanders would add another goal to ensure a steady lead only 4:21 into the 3rd period. With a possible 2-on-1 streak down the left side of the ice, Mike Halmo would attempt a wrist shot that would be deflected to the left of the goal. With puck still in midair, Halmo would take another shot beating Clemmensen on his stick side.
The Panthers would finally find the back of the net after 58 minutes of play during a power play situation. The goal would come at 19:54 in the 3rd, leaving the Panthers without a shot at a comeback.
The New York Islanders are set to play the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre, in Ottawa, Canada. Puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. EST.