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Panthers Wrap-Up: Islanders 4, Panthers 2

Howden strikes early but the Islanders bounce back to win final game of season series.

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 10:24 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Islanders 4, Panthers 2
Howden strikes early but the Islanders bounce back to win final game of season series.
Tue
4/01/2014
2-4
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 2
Islanders 1 2 1 0 4
FLA - SH - Q. Howden (4), PP - B. Pirri (11)
NYI - PP - T. Hamonic (3), J. Bailey (7), M. Martin (8), M. Halmo (1)
  
   

UNIONDALE —  (NHL.com) - Josh Bailey had a goal and an assist to help the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Tuesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Bailey won a draw that set up Travis Hamonic's first-period goal, then knocked in a rebound midway through the second period to put the Islanders ahead to stay. Matt Martin and Mike Halmo also scored for the Islanders, who are 4-0-1 in their past five games, their best stretch of the season.

FULL RECAP
 
"I tried to play hard, play my game and do my best on the ice. I was so happy to get the call. I think I did a very good job for my first game."

- Panthers defenseman Jonathan Racine on making his NHL debut against the Islanders.
 
1. Speed S(kills): They say that speed kills and that was on full display less than two minutes into the game on Long Island. With Florida killing off a Jonathan Racine penalty, Quinton Howden came up with a beautiful poke check along the blue line and was off to the races after getting behind the Islanders blueliner. Howden scored the Panthers' sixth shorthanded goal of the season and second in as many games (Dmitry Kulikov in New Jersey), outwaiting Evgeni Nabokov before firing his fourth of the season top shelf.

2. Getting Chippy
: Racine’s hit early in the first, leading to Howden's shorthanded goal, was the first shot of what would be a very chippy game between the two teams. The first period alone featured 30 PIMs, including 17 from Erik Gudbranson who came to the defense of teammate Scottie Upshall, fighting Matt Carkner after an errant high stick. That was just the first fight for Carkner who would go again in the second period, this time taking on Panthers enforcer Krys Barch. All in all there were 48 PIMs recorded in the game.

3. Losing The Battle, Winning The War: The Panthers had a chance to sweep the season series after winning the first two games of the season but the Isles had other ideas. They bounced back from Howden's early shorthanded goal to tie it at one and then potted two second period goals on their way to the 4-2 victory. Despite the loss, Florida still won the season series for the fifth time in the last seven seasons (5-1-1).
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@AngiZ7: Thanks @RTBeese for taking a screenshot for me..my two minutes of @FlaPanthers fame :) http://pic.twitter.com/IBiQUNyC0c

@rkosterjr: @krysbarch thank you for always willing to do the dirty work. Great teammate, heart, and passion.

@AndrewLevine5: @FlaPanthers even sparky watching the game#FlaPanthers http://pic.twitter.com/ffzIwA4fth

 

1. Defenseman Jonathan Racine made his NHL debut Tuesday night on Long Island, becoming the fourth Panther to make his NHL debut this season (Barkov, Trocheck, Wilson). The blueliner finished with four blocked shots on 15:35 TOI.

4. Forward Quinton Howden netted his fourth goal of the season with a shorthanded goal in the first period.

4. Howden's goal gave the Panthers shorthanded goals in back-to-back games for the fourth time in franchise history (Dec. 10-15, 1993 (3 games), Mar. 3-6, 1999, Oct. 12-16, 2009 and Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 2014).

9. Scoring his second in as many games late in the third, Brandon Pirri now has nine points (5-4-9) in the last 13 games.

36. Goaltender Scott Clemmensen turned aside 36 saves while playing in his first game in a month (March 1 at Columbus).

 
Josh Bailey
Set up the tying goal 2:35 into the game and then netted the goal that put the Islanders ahead for good midway through the first.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +1, 4 Shots, 19:04 TOI
 
 
With the road portion of the 2013-14 season now complete, the Panthers return home to close out the season with five straight games at BB&T Center. First up is the Calgary Flames as they visit Sunrise for the only time this season on Friday. The Flames fell in Toronto on Tuesday night and will play in Tampa Thursday night before making their way to South Florida. Forward Jiri Hudler leads the Flames with 49 points (16-33-49) in 69 games. Karri Ramo has seen the lion's share between the pipes of the three netminders on the current roster, posting a 14-13-4 record with a .909 save percentage and 2.66 GAA.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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