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Upshall scores short-handed, Thomas makes 31 saves to help Panthers stop Islanders, 4-2

Tuesday, 01.14.2014 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Upshall scores short-handed, Thomas makes 31 saves to help Panthers stop Islanders, 4-2

SUNRISE, Fla. - Scottie Upshall scored a short-handed goal and had an assist to lead the Florida Panthers over the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Nick Bjugstad, Drew Shore and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots, and Ed Jovanovski had two assists.

Thomas Vanek and Colin McDonald scored for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 22 saves.

The win was the first for Florida over the Islanders in five games, dating to the 2011-2012 season. The Islanders lost for the first time in five games and had a seven-game road winning streak snapped.

The Panthers took a 4-0 lead on the short-handed goal by Upshall in the second.

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