Defenseman Travis Hamonic converted on the power play and Mike
Halmo netted his first career goal by cleaning up his own rebound on
a 2-on-1 rush early in the third period. Matt Martin scored his
career-high eighth tally and Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves for the
Islanders, who improved to 6-2-1 in their last nine contests.
Quinton Howden netted a short-handed goal and Brandon Pirri tallied
for the second straight contest, but the reeling Panthers fell for
the seventh time in eight games.
Bailey gave New York a 2-1 lead at 11:18 of the second period by
cleaning up a rebound after Colin McDonald drove to the net.
McDonald notched his second assist on the next tally, as his
sharp-angle shot from deep in the right circle enabled Martin to
convert the juicy rebound at 17:36.
Howden drew first blood 1:50 into the game as he stripped New York
defenseman Matt Donovan of the puck at the blue line before skating
in on a breakaway and beating Nabokov. Hamonic answered 45 seconds
later as his wrist shot from the point handcuffed Scott Clemmensen
GAME NOTEBOOK: Florida RW Brad Boyes' balky back tightened up midway
into the first period and he did not return. ... Pirri's power-play
goal with four seconds remaining in the third period improved the
Panthers to 1-for-25 in their past nine contests. ... Florida has
yielded at least one power-play goal in 12 of its last 14 games.
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