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Nabokov makes 26 saves, MacDonald scores winner in Islanders' 3-0 win over Panthers

Sunday, 03.24.2013 / 8:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Nabokov makes 26 saves, MacDonald scores winner in Islanders' 3-0 win over Panthers

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves, defenceman Andrew MacDonald scored the winning goal and the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of a four-game homestand.

It was Nabokov's third shutout this season for the Islanders, who moved within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference despite having won only six of 19 home games this season.

After losing their three previous home games by faltering in the third period, the Islanders shut down the Panthers, who have the NHL's worst record at 9-18-6.

MacDonald scored his second goal of the season at 6:05 of the first period on the power play.

John Tavares scored his team-leading 19th goal, an empty-netter with 31 seconds left. Casey Cizikas added an empty net score with 13 seconds remaining.

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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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