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Panthers Wrap-Up: Islanders 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 0-3 2
Islanders 0 1 1 0 1-2 3
FLA - S. Weiss (19), T. Fleischmann (24)
NYI - PP - M. Moulson (34), K. Okposo (17), SO - F. Nielsen
SUNRISE, Fla (AP) - Frans Nielsen scored the only goal in the shootout and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Sunday night.

Kyle Okposo and Matt Moulson scored in regulation, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 33 shots.

"We let it come down to a shootout again and that's obviously not our forte. We're playing with fire there but it's a loose hockey club. They're playing loose and those teams are tough to play against sometimes...We have to find a way to get two points."

- Center Stephen Weiss.
1. That's The Way To Start: Playing against a team that played the night before for the second straight game, the Panthers came out at the Islanders in the opening twenty minutes. If it not for the play of Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov, the game could have been over as the Islanders controlled the majority of the play and outshot the visitors 16-9. The netminder kept Florida off the scoresheet except for a lone Stephen Weiss goal. Not many goaltenders could have stopped Weiss' goal as the forward, stationed in front of the crease one-timed the pass from Tomas Fleischmann on a bang-bang play 5:55 into the game (SEE GOAL). That goal gave the Panthers an important lead.

2. Islanders Keep Responding: The Panthers almost made it through forty minutes of play with the 1-0 lead but the Islanders kept at it. They got their first two power plays of the night late in the second, including a 25 second five-on-three advantage. While the Panthers were able to kill off that advantage, they couldn't fully get through the second power play as Matt Moulson scored from the doorstep with 1:03 left in the period. The goal came with four seconds left on the man advantage. The Panthers would take the lead as Fleischmann notted his team-leading 24th of the year 9:51 into the third as his quick shot fooled Nabokov for the goal (SEE GOAL). New York would not get discouraged and would answer 2:31 later as Kyle Okposo sent a shot on net while on an Islanders rush. Coming back to defend a crashing Mark Streit, Dmitry Kulikov accidently deflected the puck past Theodore for the goal.

3. Sending The Thirds Out With Another Point: Scoreless the rest of the period, the teams went to overtime. Both had their chances in the extra session with the Islanders getting the best with a little over a minute left. With Theodore out of the net off an original shot, Ed Jovanovski had to play savior as his stick redirected Michael Grabner's attempt into the open net out of harms way. The shootout bug-a-boo came back to haunt the Panthers once again as Frans Nielson roofed a pretty backhand over Theodore and Nabokov stopped John Madden, Wojtek Wolski and Marcel Goc in succession for the second point. A miss at two points, the Panthers will still gladly take the point and add it to their season total for 87. It brings them just one point closer to the ultimate goal. It was the last time that the Panthers will wear their blue third jerseys and they sent them off with the players giving them off their backs in an effort to raise money for the Panthers Foundation in the annual Shirts Off Our Backs promotion.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@altereg0: ok I've calmed down. still in the division lead. still a game or two in hand on those chasing us. #nomorebs #finishthejob #FlaPanthers

@Deezer34: Another shootout loss, really? REALLY? #FLAPanthers

@EricLachner: Well the #FlaPanthers sure know how to raise the blood pressure of all the fans. THIS is the time to win. Just saying.

@tvhpanther2: I hate shootouts!!!! #FlaPanthers

@IceInsiders: The #FlaPanthers drop a tough one in a shootout to the #Islanders. Picking up one point keeps Florida 3 up on Washington in the Southeast.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Mark Zola: Cut the beat good teams but you lose to bad ones? Their making harder for themselves

John Glenn Messick: We will lose the divison if we dont start winning games.

Thomas D'Ambrosio: I don't understand why we consistantly are horrible in shootouts...and honestly us not dominating the Islanders is ridiculous, we have a clear lead on them...this is not when we need to fall apart!

Gerrard Campbell: Got to stop losing these OT games.

Jeff Main: Lets put this game behind us and move on to the next!!! Get ready for the Habs!!!


4. Killing off 25 seconds of a five-on-three power play late in the second, Florida came to within four seconds of killing off the second penalty to Jason Garrison. Matt Moulson beat Jose Theodore with a shot with 1:03 left in the second period.

Getting the Panthers on the board with a goal 5:55 into the game, Stephen Weiss collected his 19th goal of the season. That tally extended his season-long point streak to six games (3-4-7), one shy of his career-high.

7. Florida was unable to pick up the sweep against the Islanders as they had won their first three games. They did pick up seven out of the possible eight points however (3-0-1).

10. Falling in the shootout, the Panthers dropped their 10th one-on-one session of the year. The Panthers are tied with the Phoenix Coyotes for most shootout defeats in the league.

24. Tomas Fleischmann was the offensive force for the team once again, picking up a goal and an assist for his 11th multi-point game of the year. His goal in the third period gave him a team-high and career-high 24th of

Tomas Fleischmann
Continued to show a lot of creativity with the puck, beautifully setting up Weiss' first period goal and then recording his team-leading 24th of the year in the third period.

 1 Goal, 1 Assist, +1, 3 Shots, 18:26 TOI
The Panthers finish up their longest road trip as they play four straight away from the BankAtlantic Center. The trip starts Tuesday with a game in Montreal as Florida looks to sweep the season series. The Panthers have outscored the Canadiens 9-5 in the first three games of the series, including a 2-1 victory back in late October. Montreal, who lost 4-1 in Philadelphia on Saturday, sits 15th in the Eastern Conference with a 29-34-13 record (71 points). The Canadiens are led offensively by Max Pacioretty (58 points in 73 games), David Desharnais (57 points in 75 games) and Erik Cole (55 points in 76 games). Carey Price leads the way between the pipes, posting a 26-27-10 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.42 goals against average.

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