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Panthers Prevail In Overtime

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

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Panthers Prevail In Overtime
Florida Panthers 4, New York Islanders 3
Florida Panthers' Jassen Cullimore (22) is swarmed by teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against the New York Islanders during their NHL hockey action, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Uniondale, N.Y. The Panthers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -Jassen Cullimore's post-game outfit included a blue cape. Fitting, as he'd just saved the Florida Panthers.

His goal 1:37 into overtime gave the Panthers a 4-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Cullimore ripped a slap shot from the left circle into the top right corner of the net for his first goal of the season. It was his 22nd career goal in 668 games, but his seventh game-winner.

"I make them count, don't I?" Cullimore said afterward. "I didn't know it was in. The red light never came on, though the referee pointed. I didn't want to celebrate too soon. I wanted to make sure."

In his first game back after missing the previous three with a sprained left knee, Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro came out for warmups and played the first period in clean, white leg pads. However, for the second and third periods, he switched back to his old orange, blue and white pads without an explanation.

A goalie's equipment must be inspected and approved by the NHL before it can be used in a game. Using illegal or uninspected equipment results in an automatic two-game suspension for the player, a $25,000 fine for his team, and $1,000 for the team's equipment manager.

"We are sorry ... but we have no comment on this matter at this time," Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations said via e-mail.

An Islanders spokesman declined comment during the game, but afterward, DiPietro explained.

"I got those pads about a week before I got hurt," DiPietro said. "I started wearing them and breaking them in, and then started using them in the game. Apparently, they haven't gone through the NHL. I thought we cleared it. After warmup, we found that we cleared it, but apparently, they weren't satisfied with that. We just found out after the first period that I had to switch to the old ones."

"I guess it's my fault, but I was under the impression that they had been approved. I thought I did the right thing. Once we found out after the warmup that they hadn't been approved, we called and let them know and measured them and made sure they were legal. Everything measured out fine. It's their call."

Game Highlights
Starting Lineups
 Panthers    Islanders
Post-Game Video
 Jacques Martin
 Jassen Cullimore
 Nathan Horton
 Stephen Weiss
  Craig Anderson
 Panthers vs Islanders
Quote of the Game
"It'd probably be easier if you guys told me what you saw because I really didn't see it. Really. I just put my head down and shot the puck, hoping to hit the net."
-defenseman Jassen Cullimore
Stat of the Game
Stopping 38 of the 41 shots he faced, Craig Anderson earned his first victory of the season. 
3 Stars
Presented by Szrio Jewelry
1. Jassen Cullimore
2. Mike Sillinger
3. Nathan Horton

Nathan Horton scored twice and added an assist for the Panthers. Linemate David Booth added a goal and assist, while Craig Anderson got his first win of the season with 38 saves.

It definitely feels good," Anderson said. "The guys played hard in front of me tonight, and there weren't many second chances."

The win also gave Florida coach Jacques Martin his 498th NHL coaching victory, putting him in sole possession of 10th place on the all-time win list for head coaches ahead of Glen Sather.

Mike Comrie and Mike Sillinger scored power-play goals for the Islanders, while Bill Guerin scored at even strength. Sillinger also assisted on the other two goals. DiPietro stopped 28 shots.

The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the second period, when Horton took a wrist shot, and it dribbled between DiPietro's pads into the net.

The Islanders tied the game on their first power play when Comrie banged home a rebound at 2:12.

Florida went back on top when Booth, alone at the right crease, had a rebound land right on his stick, and he shot it in the open side at 6:56.

Booth, who scored his 10th this season, has goals in consecutive games.

Anderson took a tripping penalty, setting up New York's third power play, and Sillinger scored at 11:37. Anderson helped set up the goal when his clearing attempt hit Cullimore's right leg and dropped right in front of Sillinger.

"I saw an opening, but I delayed too long in shooting it," Anderson said. "I had the lane to get it out, but it closed down quickly."

The Panthers took their third lead at 16:39 when Horton's wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat DiPietro high to the far corner on a power play.

"I got the puck, and I tried to get it on net, and it went in," Horton said. "We all put some pucks to the net tonight."

The Islanders had 18 shots in the final period, and Guerin tied it with 5:19 left in regulation as his long shot from the top of the right circle beat Anderson to the short side.

Anderson stopped Trent Hunter in front with 10 seconds left in regulation.

"It was kind of a weird game," Sillinger said. "Obviously, it was a good point. We found a way to get 40-plus shots. I just thought we left a lot of loose rebounds around him. I thought we had to do a better job around the net."

Notes: G Tomas Vokoun started the previous dozen games for Florida before getting the night off against the Islanders ... The Panthers won eight of their previous 10 road games prior to Thursday night's contest ... The Islanders hit the 40-shot plateau for only the third time this season ... Legendary Islanders broadcaster Jiggs MacDonald will be filling in for regular TV play-by-play man Howie Rose on New York's upcoming Western Canadian road trip ... One member of the 11,428 in attendance was "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak.

scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Nathan Horton (11) ASST: David Booth (4)
1 - 0 FLA
PPG - Mike Comrie (13) ASST: Trent Hunter (13), Mike Sillinger (10)
1 - 1 Tie
David Booth (10) ASST: Stephen Weiss (17), Nathan Horton (18)
2 - 1 FLA
PPG - Mike Sillinger (8) ASST: NONE
2 - 2 Tie
PPG - Nathan Horton (12) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (8)
3 - 2 FLA
3rd Period
Bill Guerin (14) ASST: Mike Sillinger (11), Richard Park (12)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
Jassen Cullimore (1) ASST: Ruslan Salei (12), Olli Jokinen (21)
4 - 3 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
Andy Hilbert  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
2nd Period
Olli Jokinen  Interference against  Richard Park
Branislav Mezei  Interference against  Tim Jackman
Bill Guerin  Hooking against  Olli Jokinen
Craig Anderson  Tripping against  Richard Park
Richard Zednik  Holding against  Trent Hunter
Mike Comrie  Hooking against  Rostislav Olesz
Jassen Cullimore  Interference against  Sean Bergenheim
3rd Period
Jassen Cullimore  Tripping against  Mike Sillinger
OT Period
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson
SA: 40TOI: 61:29
Saves: 37EV: 27 - 28
PIM: 2PP: 9 - 11
SV%: .925SH: 1 - 1
Rick DiPietro
Rick DiPietro
SA: 32TOI: 61:33
Saves: 28EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .875SH: 3 - 3