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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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GAME: New York Islanders (10-10-0) at Florida Panthers (6-10-4).

TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Despite closing in on the longest losing streak in franchise history, the Florida Panthers feel like they're playing well.

Florida looks to end its 10-game skid when it meets the New York Islanders for the second time this season.

The losing streak is the Panthers' longest since a team-record 13-game skid from Feb. 7-March 23, 1998. Florida, which hasn't won since Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh, has lost six of the 10 games by only one goal.

"It's frustrating," Panthers forward Martin Gelinas said. "What can I say? It is disappointing. It's been like that for two weeks."

Florida fell 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, but goalie Roberto Luongo thought the team played some of its best hockey of the season - "especially on defense."

The Panthers led 1-0 after the second period, but allowed three goals in the first 12:24 of the third to drop to 0-7-3 during the skid.

"You've got to remember, (Ottawa) is one of the better teams in the league," Florida coach Jacques Martin said. "I think we learned from that and we played with them for 40 minutes."

New York fell for the first time on its four-game road trip Thursday, 3-2 to defending champion Tampa Bay. The Islanders, who opened the trip with wins over Pittsburgh and Atlanta, had a season-high three-game winning streak snapped.

New York captain Alexei Yashin tied Thursday's game at 2-2 in the first minute of the third period, but Martin St. Louis scored a rebound goal with 1:43 left to give the Lightning the win.

"We gave away a point," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "That's a disappointment we got beat. Played hard, played against a good team and played pretty well for 57, 58 minutes but it's not enough."

New York goalie Rick DiPietro stopped 28 shots, but had no chance on St. Louis' winner.

"The puck's going way over the net," DiPietro said. "It catches Vinny (Lecavalier) in the back and then it just falls right to his feet. You've got to give them credit. They worked hard. They were in the right spot, but that's a tough one for us to drop."

STANDINGS (through Nov. 18): Islanders - 20 points, 3rd place (tied), 5 PB, Atlantic Division. Panthers - 16 points, 4th place, 13 PB, Southeast Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Islanders - Miroslav Satan, 11 goals; Alexei Zhitnik, 14 assists; Yashin, 23 points; Janne Niinimaa, 46 PIM. Panthers - Nathan Horton, 7 goals; Olli Jokinen, 11 assists and 17 points; Branislav Mezei, 37 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 18): Islanders - Power play: 15.6 percent (20 for 128), 23rd in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.5 percent (122 for 146), 11th. Panthers - Power play: 12.3 percent (15 for 122), 28th. Penalty killing: 79.6 percent (102 for 128), 26th.

GOALTENDERS: Islanders - DiPietro (7-8-0, 3.20 GAA); Garth Snow (3-2-0, 3.53). Panthers - Luongo (6-8-4, 2 SO, 2.79); Jamie McLennan (0-2-0, 2.79).

SEASON SERIES: Panthers, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 10; Panthers, 3-1. At Uniondale, N.Y., Kristian Huselius and Chris Gratton scored 4:31 apart in the second period, and Luongo made 29 saves for the Panthers.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Islanders - 5-7-0 on the road; Panthers - 4-2-1 at home.


Associated Press

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Mar 17 '06NYI 2 at FLA 4J. Kolnik
Jan 04 '06FLA 3 at NYI 4 - OTM. Parrish
Nov 19 '05NYI 5 at FLA 3S. Bates
Oct 10 '05FLA 3 at NYI 1C. Gratton
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