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Live Updates - Islanders at Panthers

by Cory Wright / New York Islanders

Live Updates

New York Islanders at Florida Panthers
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. - BB&T Center, Sunrise, FL
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3rd Period:
2:38: NYI GOAL! Thomas Vanek buries a sly feed from Frans Nielsen and the Islanders cut the deficit to two. Islanders trail 4-2.

6:21: FLA PP (Calvin de Haan - Four Minutes High-Sticking) Isles PK 3-3 tonight.

10:21: de Haan is out of the box and the Islanders kill off the double-minor.

15:00: Islanders trail 4-2 in the final five minutes of the third period. Shots are 29-26 Islanders.

2nd Period:
1:55: Poulin stops a breakaway chance for the Panthers, catching a backhander in the glove.

3:47: FLA PP: (Calvin de Haan - Two Minutes Holding) Isles PK 2-2 tonight.

5:47: de Haan is out of the box. Isles PK 3-3 tonight.

11:37: Islanders trail 3-0 with 8:23 to go in the second. Shots favor Florida 17-12.

14:55: NYI PP (Marcel Goc - Two Minutes Goalie Interference) Isles PP 0-1

15:59: FLA SH goal. Scottie Upshall scores on a shorthanded breakaway. Islanders trail 4-0.

19:29: NYI GOAL! Colin McDonald puts the Islanders on the board late in the second period! Assists to Matt Martin and Calvin de Haan.

END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders trail 4-1. Shots are 20-18 Florida.

1st Period:
0:32: FLA goal. Aleksander Barkov finishes off two-on-one with Brad Boyes, as the Panthers strike in the opening minute. Islanders trail 1-0.

1:59: NYI PP: (Jonathan Huberdeau - Two Minutes Holding). Isles head to the game's first power play.

4:07: Huberdeau gets srung on a breakaway as he leaves the box. Poulin holds firm and stops him with the right pad.

5:57: FLA PP: (Matt Carkner - Two Minutes Hooking). Panthers pressure results in their first power play.

6:43: FLA PP: (Frans Nielsen - Two Minutes Holding the Stick) Isles go on an extended 5-on-3 kill (1:14).

8:43: Nielsen is out of the box and the Islanders successful kill off the two-man advantage.

15:34: FLA goal. Drew Shore spins and throws a shot on goal that hits Brian Strait and redirects pas Poulin. Islanders trail 2-0.

17:20: Ryan Strome gets the Isles best chance, in alone on Thomas after Grabner forced a turnover down low. Thomas dives out for the pokecheck and misses, but gloves Strome's chance.

19:24 FLA goal: Bjugstad opens up a three-goal lead on the Islanders scoring on a one-on-one chance with Poulin. Turnover at the blueline comes back to haunt the Isles, who trail 3-0.

END OF 1ST PERIOD: Islanders down 3-0. Shots are 10-8 Panthers. 

Isles Starters: Vanek-Tavares-Okposo, MacDonald-Strait, Poulin.
Panthers Starters: Bergenheim-Barkov-Boyes, Campbell-Gilbert, Thomas.

Islanders Lines:
26 Thomas Vanek - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo
29 Brock Nelson - 51 Frans Nielsen - 12 Josh Bailey
40 Michael Grabner  - 18 Ryan Strome - 15 Cal Clutterbuck
17 Matt Martin - 53 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald

37 Brian Strait - 47 Andrew MacDonald
44 Calvin de Haan - 14 Thomas Hickey
46 Matt Donovan - 7 Matt Carkner

60 Kevin Poulin
45 Anders Nilsson

Panthers Lines:
20 Sean Bergenheim - 16 Aleksander Barkov - 24 Brad Boyes
11 Jonathan Huberdeau - 57 Marcel Goc - 82 Tomas Kopecky
14 Tomas Fleischmann - 27 Nick Bjugstad - 19 Scottie Upshall
21 Krys Barch - 18 Shawn Mathias - 12 Jimmy Hayes

51 Brian Campbell - 77 Tom Gilbert
55 Ed Jovanovski - 44 Erik Gudbranson
7 Dmitry Kulikov - 43 Mike Weaver

34 Tim Thomas
30 Scott Clemmensen

The Islanders are bringing the heat to the Sunshine State, entering tonight’s game with a seven-game road winning streak. With an 8-2-0 record in their last 10 games, the Islanders are the hottest team in the Eastern Conference.

Road Streak: The Islanders have won seven straight games on the road and an eighth straight road win would tie a club record, set in 1981. The seven game streak is currently the second longest in franchise history.

Other Winning Streak: The Islanders have won four straight games, their longest streak of the season.

Lineup Notes/Changes: Capuano: Poulin in goal. Same forward lines as the win in Dallas. At defense, Carkner in for Hamonic (day-to-day, upper-body). #Isles

Hamonic Out: Travis Hamonic will miss tonight’s game with an upper-body injury. Matt Carkner draws into the lineup, but head coach Jack Capuano said he will shuffle his defensive pairs. The injury ends Hamonic’s ironman streak at 117 games. Hamonic did not play in the third period of the Islanders 4-2 win at Dallas on Sunday night.

Capuano on Hamonic: When you lose a guy that’s playing 25 minutes, it’s a huge loss for our hockey team and we are going to have to make some adjustments as the game goes on, there’s no question.

Top Line: All three members of the Islanders top line recorded two points in Sunday's 4-2 win.

DO call it a comeback: The Islanders have trailed at some point in each of their last five road victories. Head coach Jack Capuano said he wants a stronger start from his team tonight, but nobody is panicking on the bench if the Isles are down.

Poulin: Kevin Poulin has won five straight games. Tonight he makes his fifth-straight start since taking over the starting job from an injured Evgeni Nabokov.

De Haan: Calvin de Haan is riding a four-game point streak (1-5-6). The rookie defenseman assisted on both the tying and winning goals Sunday night.

Tavares: John Tavares was named the NHL’s first star of the week yesterday, for the week ending on Jan. 12. Tavares had 10 points (4g/6a) in four games last week while the Islanders went 4-0-0. The Islanders captain scored the game-winning goal Sunday and is tied for second in league scoring with 56 points (21g/35a).

From the Coach: There’s been some good, there’s been some bad. We need to start on time… The impressive thing is that we’ve battled back and shown resiliency and we are working hard and playing within the team concept.

Lurking Panthers: The Panthers are trying to claw their way back into the Atlantic Division/Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Islanders and Panthers are separated by two points in the standings meaning this game is huge for both teams. The Isles recently leapfrogged the Panthers in the standings and if they want to continue their upward trend, they can’t get stuck in the Florida swamp.

Barkov: The Islanders will get their first live look at Aleksander Barkov, the second-overall pick in the 2013 draft. Barkov leads the Panthers with 22 points (7g/15a) in 45 games and has points in 10 of his last 14 games. The big-bodied Barkov (6’3”, 209 lbs.) was named to the Finnish Olympic team for the upcoming Winter Games.

Thomas: Tim Thomas will start tonight for the Panthers and is the X-factor on the Panthers. His extensive resume includes: a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe trophy and two Vezina trophies as the league’s top goaltender. The athletic goaltender almost tends to give out rebounds, but always seems to find his way to get in front of second and third opportunities. Thomas is 11-11-3 with a .916 save percentage in his first season in Florida.

From their Coach, Peter Horachek:
The Islanders are a team that transitions well. I think they are going to be a tough match.
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