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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Islanders 3

Cats strike for four in the third to come back to beat the Isles.

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 7:02 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Islanders 3
Cats strike for four in the third to come back to beat the Isles.
Sun
3/2/2014
5-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 4 0 5
Islanders 2 1 0 0 3
FLA - S. Matthias (8), M. Goc (11), S. Matthias (9), S. Upshall (11), PP - S. Upshall (120

NYI - T. Vanek (20), PP - T. Vanek (21), R. STrome (2)
  
   

UNIONDALE —  (NHL.com) - Scottie Upshall and Shawn Matthias each scored twice to complete a Florida Panthers rally in a 5-3 victory against the New York Islanders on Sunday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Matthias and Upshall each added an assist for the Panthers, who won on the road for the first time since Jan. 26 and snapped a four-game losing streak and five straight on the road. The Panthers and Buffalo Sabres are the only two teams behind the Islanders in the Eastern Conference.

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"We were in it 100 percent right from the start and guys were intense. In between periods we were pumped up. We weren't going to let them push us around. We got in front of the net and that's where [most] of our goals came from. We played our kind of game and got two points out of it."

- Panthers forward Shawn Matthias.
 
1. Start Em Off Feisty: Right from the get go one could see that the Panthers were in a feisty mood and the Islanders respecfully were willing participants. Less than three minutes into the game, Krys Barch and Eric Boulton got the crowd and the teams on their feet in a spirited bout. The chippiness continued as 14 penalties would be called in the opening 20 minutes of play. It was from big hits to sticking up for teammates. NY seemed to take early advantage of the chippiness and it came thanks to their sniper Thomas Vanek. The Austrian winger scored twice less than a minute apart (6:41 and 7:39), including the second one via the power play.

2. Danger Zone: There's something about the month of March that gets Shawn Matthias' blood going. Last season, the forward tied a franchise high for goals in a month with 12 (tying Pavel Bure). This season, he's off to a rousing start. The winger posted two points (goal, assist) on Saturday in Columbus and on Sunday he did one better as he helped propel a Panthers comeback. The center got them on the board late in the second to make it a 2-1 game and then netted the equalizer in the third to tie the game at three. His third point gave them their first lead of the game, setting up Scottie Upshall with 9:29 to play in the game. Two games and five points (3-2-5) and the month is two games old. Good thing there's 15 more games to go.

3. Four Score In The Third: After Matthias got the Cats on the board, the Islanders answered less than a minute later to give themselves a 3-1 lead heading into the third. It might have looked like doom but the Panthers offense awoke and Tim Thomas shut the door in a big way to net the come-from-behind victory Marcel Goc and Matthias scored 62 seconds apart beginning at the 3:16 mark and then Upshall scored on a beauty to make it 4-3. Jimmy Hayes (originally credited to Upshall) redirected the forward's shot past Anders Nilsson for a two goal cushion with 4:34 to play. Talk about a great comeback effort to net a big two points.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@5thLineTalent: You know what I love about @FlaPanthers hockey? They're never out of a game! #ComebackCats

@Tompeetbwfc: Brilliant comeback from the @FlaPanthers, that's a great result away at the @NYIslanders #FlaPanthers

@EliMelville: And my @FlaPanthers win!! 5-3 vs @NYIslanders #GoCats #flapanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Michelle Albahae: I flew up from florida to see them win!

Mary Iwanski Boutwell: Sweet comeback win.....YEAH CATS!!!!!!

Jimmy Phillips: Boom Great game!!
 


2. The Panthers found themselves down two goals on two different occasions, trailing 2-0 and 3-1 before netting their come back.

3. Shawn Matthias (2-1-3) and Scottie Upshall (1-2-3) both had strong nights for the Cats picking up three points each.

4. 
Florida erupted for a season-high four goals in the third period to storm back to win 5-3. The last time they had scored four goals in a period came on March 19, 2013 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

54. It was a penalty filled game as the teams combined for 24 penalites and 54 penalty minutes. It started 2:25 into the game as Krys Barch and Eric Boulton dropped the gloves.

59. The Panthers had a great day in the face-off circle, winning 59% of their draws. Leading the way were forwards Jesse Winchester who won all four of his draws and Nick Bjugstad who won 14 of 21 for a 67% win rate.

 
Shawn Matthias
Despite the playing time, Matthias was a factor on his 18 shifts, scoring twice and setting up the game-winner.

2 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Points, +3, 4 Shots, 12:09 TOI
 
 
The Panthers wil have Monday off before closing out their three-game road trip in Boston. Facing off against the top team in the Atlantic Division, Florida will look to get their first win of the season series against their division foes. They're led offensively by David Krejci (50 points in 59 games), Jarome Iginla (44 points in 59 games) and Reilly Smith (44 points in 59 games) while Tuukka Rask has been stellar between the pipes with a 25-14-4 record, 2.16 GAA and .927 save percentage.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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