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Yann Danis stops 37 to lead Islanders past Panthers 3-1

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Yann Danis made 37 saves to lead the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 3-1 over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Danis was going for his first shutout of the season, and the team's first, but with 1:27 left in the game, Gregory Campbell redirected a shot into the net.

Mike Comrie, Bill Guerin and Kyle Okposo scored for New York.

Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for Florida. The Panthers had won two straight.

The Islanders took advantage of a Florida mistake to open the scoring with 26 seconds left in the first period. Vokoun made a save on Doug Weight's shot, and then wrapped the puck around the net to defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. Comrie took the puck from Bouwmeester and quickly threw it into the open short side.

The Islanders killed a pair of double-minor penalties in the scoreless second period, with Danis stopping 12 shots.

Guerin gave the Islanders a two-goal lead at 4:19 of the final period. He got a centring pass from Comrie, did a spin-o-rama in the slot and backhanded the puck past Vokoun.

Okposo scored for the fourth straight game at 11:02 on New York's fourth power play. He took Trent Hunter's centring pass and one-timed a shot into a hole on the right side.

Florida coach Peter DeBoer pulled Vokoun with just under five minutes left in the game, put him back in during a centre ice faceoff, and then pulled him again.

Notes: The Islanders have had one previous three-game winning streak this season, from Nov. 13-17. ... The teams split the prior two meetings, with each winning at home. The series concludes Thursday night in Florida. ... The attendance at Nassau Coliseum was announced as 13,336.

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