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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, 04.1.2014 / 10:24 PM ET / 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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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