New York Islanders vs. Florida Panthers
Tuesday Apr. 1 2014 - 7:00 p.m. - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY Note: Page will automatically refresh every 60 seconds.3rd Period:
4:21 - NYI GOAL! Mike Halmo scores his first-career NHL goal, batting his own rebound of the air and past Clemmensen! Islanders lead 4-1 2nd Period:
3:00 - Travis Hamonic backchecks to break up a breakaway for Sean Bergenheim.
7:01 - Islanders outshooting the Panthers 7-2 so far in the second period and 18-7 overall.
9:01 - FLA PP (Josh Bailey - Two Minutes Tripping) Isles head to their first PK tonight.
11:18 - NYI GOAL! Bailey pots a Colin McDonald rebound past Clemmensen as the Islanders take a 2-1 lead.
Ryan Strome picks up the secondary assist.
11:53 - FLA PP (Thomas Hickey - Two Mintues Roughing) Isles PK 1-for-1 tonight.
14:12 - Matt Carkner and Kyrs Barch drop the gloves in the Islanders end. Both get fighting majors.
17:36 - NYI GOAL! Matt Martin scores his eighth of the season a great (but simple) play by Colin McDonald. McDonald shot the puck from a sharp angle off Clemmensen's outside pad forcing the rebound to the slot, where Martin was waiting. Islanders lead 3-1. END OF 2ND PERIOD: Islanders lead 3-1. Isles outshooting Panthers 28-13. 1st Period:
0:42 - NYI PP (Jonathan Racine - Two Minutes Interference). Isles head to their first PP
1:50 - FLA SH goal. Quinton Howden opens the scoring on a shorthanded breakaway. Howden beats Evgeni Nabokov stick side with a clean shot. Panthers lead 1-0.
2:35 - NYI PP GOAL! Travis Hamonic beats Scott Clemmensen with a wrister from the point. Isles tie the score on the power play. Game tied 1-1.
5:55 - NYI PP (Jimmy Hayes - Two Minutes Boarding) Isles PP 1-for-1
17:41 - Matt Carkner and Erik Gudbranson drop the gloves after Carkner hits Upshall at the Islanders blue line. Upshall leaves the ice after staying down for several minutes. Carkner gets two minutes for hi-sticking, plus five for fighitng. Gudbranson gets two for instigating and five for fighting. END OF 1ST PERIOD: Game tied 1-1. Isles lead shots 11-5 Bob Nystrom Award: Matt Martin wins the 2014 Bob Nystrom Award - 3rd Straight SeasonIsles Starters:
Lee-Nielsen-Bailey; de Haan-Hamonic; Nabokov. Panthers Starters:
Bergenheim-Gomez-Boyes; Campbell-Kulikov; ClemmensenIslanders Lines:
The Islanders face off against the Florida Panthers for the third and final time this season. The Islanders dropped the first two meetings this year and are looking to avoid the season sweep. Of course, with so many new faces in the Islanders lineup, a number of players enter tonight’s game without the memory of the two losses.
The Islanders are 3-0-1 in their last four games and are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. In contrast, the Panthers are 1-3-0 and are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Devils last night.
Both teams are battling injuries right now, as Panthers stars Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander are all out of the lineup with injuries. Lineup Notes/Changes:
Nabokov in goal, lineup remains the same from Saturday's win. Grabner Skates:
Michael Grabner took the ice today with the team for the first time since suffering a concussion on March 10 in Vancouver. Grabner skated without contact and is not in the lineup for tonight’s contest. Capuano on Grabner:
Things seem to be going pretty well for him right now. As we move forward later this week – Thursday or Friday – we’ll have a better idea of where he’s at for the weekend.
He’ll be non-contact here for a few days and we’ll see how he moves forward. If things work out, he can be available for the weekend. McDonald for the Masterton:
Colin McDonald was announced as the Islanders nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Professional Hockey Writers of America (PWHA). One player per team is nominated for the award, which is awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.McDonald:
It’s nice to be recognized for all my hard work and for the path I took to make it here. It was different than some other guys.
I just always believed that I could play at this level. I had some good years in the American league and felt like eventually I was going to get a chance. I wasn’t sure what team or when it would happen. I’m thankful it happened with this organization because I am really happy here. Seein’ the Boyes:
Former-Islander Brad Boyes scored his 20th goal of the season last night in New Jersey. Boyes, a former 40-goal scorer, eclipsed the 20-goal mark for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Special Teams:
The Panthers have the league’s 30th ranked power play (9.8%) and penalty kill (75.2%).