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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Wade Dubielewicz's second NHL win might have been more memorable than his first.

The rookie made three saves in the final 2:24 of regulation and overtime - the only action he saw - and became a winner Wednesday night when Mark Parrish scored to give New York a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers that snapped the Islanders' five-game losing streak.

"That was interesting," Dubielewicz said. "I didn't have time to think about it - which is probably nice."

The 26-year-old Dubielewicz is back in the NHL for the third time this season, filling in while regular backup Garth Snow plays in place of injured starter Rick DiPietro. But each time Dubielewicz has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport, he has just sat and watched Snow.

That all changed when Snow sprained a ligament in his left knee with the score tied at 3 and only 8.5 seconds left in regulation.

"I saw Snowy go down and I knew something was wrong," Dubielewicz said. "I just jumped the boards, started stretching and looked up at the clock. There were 8 or 9 seconds left, so I said, 'Let's get through that and then we'll go."'

Snow was injured after stopping Martin Gelinas' rush. With the puck still loose, Florida forward Nathan Horton and Islanders defenseman Alexei Zhitnik fell onto Snow as he kneeled and leaned backward. He was helped off the ice after making 36 saves.

Dubielewicz stopped Olli Jokinen's point shot to force overtime. Each save he made was met with loud cheers.

"That was nice to hear, a little shiver down the spine, actually," said Dubielewicz, who earned his other NHL victory on March 25, 2004, at Philadelphia. "It's been a little while since I've had some action in this barn."

He didn't see much this time, either, as Parrish won it with a changeup shot.

"He fanned on it," Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said. "That's the only reason he scored."

Luongo was supposed to get the night off but was forced into action when his backup, Jamie McLennan, was shaken up in a first-period collision with New York's Shawn Bates and Jokinen. Luongo, drafted fourth overall by the Islanders in 1997, has played 13 straight games. He has missed only three of 43 this season.

McLennan hurt his right shoulder and needed smelling salts to get through the first period. Luongo relieved him to start the second and finished with 23 saves.

"It's one of my weak points, coming into a game when I didn't plan on it," Luongo said. "But I don't think I did too badly."

Oleg Kvasha tied a career high with two goals and added an assist. Alexei Yashin bounced back from spending significant minutes on the bench in each of the previous two games because of ill-advised penalties to get the Islanders even for the third time. He got a stick on Miroslav Satan's left-point shot and deflected it past Luongo with 8:55 left in regulation.

"We kind of forgot the feeling of what it was like to win a big game," Parrish said.

Joe Nieuwendyk gave Florida a 3-2 lead at 4:02 of the third period with his fifth goal in five games.

The veteran forward scored one goal against Boston on Dec. 28, two against Montreal two days later and another at Buffalo on Sunday - all Panthers victories. His streak and Florida's three-game winning run were snapped Tuesday in a 3-0 loss at New Jersey.

Juraj Kolnik scored a power-play goal in the first period and Joel Kwiatkowski added a man-advantage tally in the second for the Panthers, 1-7-2 in the second half of back-to-back games.

"We showed some signs that we're playing a little better with the lead," Nieuwendyk said. "But if you let them hang around on their home ice, these things can happen. We'll take the point, but it was certainly a missed opportunity to get two."

Kvasha's second goal, off a pass from Satan in the slot, sneaked through Luongo's pads, tying it at 2 with 4:03 left in the second.

McLennan was beaten by Kvasha's first goal at 12:40 of the opening frame, just more than nine minutes after he was bowled over. He stopped 10 shots.

Kvasha, dealt in the June 2000 trade that sent Luongo and Jokinen to Florida, has scored three of his five goals this season against the Panthers. It was his first goal in three games since missing 12 with an ankle injury.

"Both goals were because we were skating hard and created turnovers," Kvasha said.

Kolnik made it 1-0 at 8:35 after taking a perfect pass from Jozef Stumpel. Kwiatkowski restored Florida's lead at 8:05 in the second with his first goal in 28 games.

Notes: Kvasha has three career two-goal games, the last coming against the New York Rangers on March 25, 2002. ... New York forward Jason Blake bruised his ribs in the second period and didn't return. ... The Islanders have allowed power-play goals in 12 of 13 games. ... Florida is 1-2 on its five-game road trip.

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