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Denis Malgin's goal lifts Panthers past Islanders

Forward scores in overtime after Florida ties game in final minute of third period

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Denis Malgin scored with 45 seconds left in overtime to help the Florida Panthers defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 at BB&T Center on Saturday.

Vincent Trocheck's shot on goal was deflected by Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey and came to Malgin at the side of the net, where he put the puck past goalie Jaroslav Halak for his third goal in six games.

The Islanders had a 2-0 lead before the Panthers scored twice in the third period, including Jonathan Marchessault's goal with 14 seconds remaining to tie the game on a shot that somehow got past Halak, who made 40 saves.

 

WATCH: All Islanders vs. Panthers highlights

 

"We always believed we could win because we had very good chances but (we) didn't score," Malgin told Fox Sports Florida. "We just kept going and we scored finally that second one [in regulation] and then we scored in overtime."

Kyle Rau scored for the Panthers (7-7-1) off a rebound of his own shot at 8:56 of the third period to make it 2-1. It was his first NHL goal.

"That was a huge one for us to come back and win," Rau told the Panthers website. "It shows a lot about the guys in the locker room. We never stopped believing."

Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy scored for the Islanders (5-7-3), who have lost each of their five road games this season (0-4-1).

"We had the lead, we just lost it," Nelson said. "A shot just finds a way. It's one of those ones where you just want to somehow let it hit you or get in front of it or bear down a little more. One of these ones is going to go our way for sure. We just have to keep working."

Video: NYI@FLA: Nelson deflects in PPG for second of game

Nelson scored his fourth of the season with 22 seconds left in the first period to give New York a 1-0 lead. Calvin de Haan's shot from the left circle careened off the boards and came to Nelson, who put the puck between Panthers defenseman Mark Pysyk's legs and into the net with goalie Roberto Luongo out of position.

Leddy scored a power-play goal at 9:54 of the second period to make it 2-0. John Tavares passed to Leddy, whose shot from just inside the blue line in the slot was stopped by a screened Luongo, but the puck popped up, and deflected in the net off Luongo's left arm. The Panthers challenged the call on the ice saying that Nelson interfered, but after a video review, the goal was upheld.

The Panthers scored at 14:53 of the second period, but it was immediately ruled no goal on the ice because of goalie interference. The four on-ice officials conversed and changed it to a goal. The call was then challenged by Islanders coach Jack Capuano and overturned because Florida forward Jaromir Jagr interfered with Halak.

"There's not much you can do about it," Rau said. "It is what it is. You move on and keep playing. We were lucky those happened in the second period, so we had plenty of time [to come back]."

Luongo made 19 saves.

It was the first game between the teams since the Islanders eliminated the Panthers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round series last season.

Video: NYI@FLA: Rau follows rebound, scores from tough angle

 

Goal of the game

Malgin's goal was his third of the season and first in overtime. The Panthers pressured the Islanders for most of the game, outshooting New York 43-21, including 4-0 in overtime.

Video: NYI@FLA: Malgin nets a redirect for late OT win

 

Save of the game

With the Panthers trailing 2-0 and on a power play in the second period, Halak stacked the pads and made a save on Aaron Ekblad in tight at 14:03.

Video: NYI@FLA: Halak sprawls for amazing pad stop

 

Unsung moment of the game

Trailing 2-0, the Panthers were able to kill off 1:32 of a 5-on-3 power play chance for the Islanders in the second period. New York had three shots on goal and was unable to extend its lead.

 

Highlight of the game

Marchessault's goal came off a seemingly harmless wrist shot from just inside the right circle that trickled under Halak's pad. 

Video: NYI@FLA: Marchessault ties game with 14 seconds left

 

They said it

"We played a pretty good road game, battled hard and had the lead. To give it up and lose it ... it's not what you want." -- Islanders forward Brock Nelson

 

Video: NYI@FLA: Nelson finishes favorable bounce

 

"We're playing some good hockey, but guys can't catch a break. The puck hitting the referees when we're trying to clear it or one of those [shots] that squeezes by [Halak] from the half wall. We just have to focus on the positive things." -- Islanders coach Jack Capuano

 

Video: NYI@FLA: Leddy's slap shot finds the net for PPG

 

"I think we deserved the two points, and we found a way to get them." -- Panthers coach Gerard Gallant

 

Video: NYI@FLA: Luongo stones Bailey's shorthanded attempt

 

Need to know

Islanders defenseman Dennis Seidenberg left the game in the third period and did not return after taking a shot to the chin. ... Panthers rookie defenseman Michael Matheson had two assists for his first multi-point game in the NHL.

 

What's next

Islanders: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

Panthers: At the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, RDS, SNE, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Malgin's OT winner leads Panthers past Isles, 3-2

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