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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Islanders 2

Matthias (three points), Markstrom (18 saves) key Panthers second win against Islanders in first two weeks of season.

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 11:32 PM ET / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Islanders 2
SAT
10/22/2011
4-2
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 2 0 4
ISLANDERS 1 1 0 0 2
FLA - Versteeg (4), Bradley (1), Kennedy (1), EN - Matthias (1)
NYI - PPG - M. Streit (1), PPG - J. Tavares (6)
  
   
SUNRISE, FLA (AP) - The Florida Panthers quickly got the message their general manager sent with a big trade shortly before the opening faceoff.

Tim Kennedy scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL victory in relief of Jose Theodore to lift the Panthers past the New York Islanders 4-2 on Saturday night.

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"The game that Shawn Matthias, he walked into the room yesterday and he was kind of like, it was like an odd yellow color. It was an amazing to see what he looked like...He came out and played a heck of a game."

- Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen on the forward Shawn Matthias.
 
1. Kennedy Line Buzzing: The Panthers fourth line may have not gotten the most time on the ice but they certainly the most effective as Shawn Matthias, Tim Kennedy and Matt Bradley combined for three of the Panthers four goals. Led by Matthias' three points (goal, two assists), the other two each had a goal, including the game-winner set up by Matthias four minutes gone in the third.

2. No Warm-up Needed: He didn't get the start and therefore he didn't get much time to warm-up as he was pressed into duty in the third period, but Jacob Markstrom came in and shut the door when the Islanders ramped up their attack. Starting netminder Jose Theodore who played in the first two periods but couldn't finish (slight injury) only faced 10 shots. Markstrom, on the other hand, saw 18 Islander shots. He turned aside all of them for his first NHL win.

3. Getting On The Scoresheet: After failing to score in their previous two games, it was great to see the Panthers get on the scoreboard four different times. While the Islanders got a goal early (just 1:01 into the game on a power play goal from Mark Streit), Florida controlled most of the period (outshot New York 14-5). A Kris Versteeg goal tied it up and then went ahead late in the second. Tied at two in the third, Florida got great work from the Kennedy line to score the eventual game-winner.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@BluLiner55: Great game tonight. Congratulations #FlaPanthers! So sorry to hear about David Booth heading to Vancouver. I wish him nothing but the best!

@russbites: Good to see Buffalo native Tim Kennedy light the lamp for GW in #FlaPanthers win! Didnt like how it ended with #Sabres & could use him still

@PantherSpoon: The future is bright indeed! @j_markstrom #FlaPanthers #weseered Excellent game!

@Cooperfect: Markstrom is a Monster! Pantherrrrsssss Win! #FlaPanthers.
 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Tyler Current: great game!!!!!! i agree with adam,its a good trade for the team now as the young future stars develop and u cant quit on the team for getting rid of the old palyers!!!!! u cheer for the team nomatter wat!!!!!!tallons a great gm and i trust him!!!!!!!!

Joseph Sensback: Can we play Markstrom as our starter PLEASE? Like this comment if you think that's a good idea...

Nathalie Tardio: Incredible game! Markström the Swede brick wall!! Sad to see Booth go but the team will get stronger & better, I just know it. Props to Timmy Kennedy on his first goal. See you all on Halloween :)))

Joanne Ruimy: Matthias was awesome tonight and of course Markstrom!!!!!.
 

1. Plenty of firsts for the Panthers. Jacob Markstrom earned his first NHL win in stopping all 18 shots in the third period, while Tim Kennedy, Matt Bradley and Shawn Matthias scored their first goals of the season with the first two being their firsts as Panthers.

3. Forward Shawn Matthias had a career game, factoring in three of the Panthers four goals (career-high three points). Matthias had beautiful passes to set up Matt Bradley and Tim Kennedy and then iced it with an empty netter after coming out of the penalty box. Matthias was also a plus-3.

4. Connecting on a first period goal, winger Kris Versteeg netted his fourth tally of the season. Stephen Weiss (lone assist) picked up his fourth helper of the season. For Versteeg it was his first even strength goal on the season.

5. The Panthers defense was stifling in the first two periods, allowing the Islanders just five shots on net in each 20 minute frame.

20. The Panthers combined to go a plus-20 on the night. With all of the Cats goals scored on even strength and the Islanders goals scored on the power play, it's an easy figure. Matthias and defenseman Mike Weaver led the way at plus-three. 12 different players had a plus-rating on the night.
 
Shawn Matthias
We could have went with the goaltender (first NHL win) but instead chose Shawn Matthias. Battling a virus the last few days, Matthias registered a career-high three points, factoring in all but one of the Panthers goals.

1 Goal, 2 Assists, +3, 1 Shot on 14:41
 
 
The Panthers hit a week long road trip that takes them into Canada for two games before ending in Buffalo. They'll next play in Montreal against the Canadiens on Monday night. Montreal fell to Toronto 5-4 in overtime Saturday night and are 1-4-2 on the season.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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