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NHL Game Summary - NY Islanders at Florida



(Tuesday, January 14th)

Final Score: Florida 4, NY Islanders 2

Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Scottie Upshall notched a goal and an assist, as the Florida Panthers halted New York's seven-game road win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Islanders at BB&T Center.

Drew Shore, Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad each scored once, while Tim Thomas turned aside 31 shots for Florida, which improved to 4-1-2 over its last seven games.

"The guys did what they had to," Florida head coach Peter Horachek said. "They battled down to the very end and Timmy (Thomas) played his normal, solid self."

Colin McDonald and Thomas Vanek both lit the lamp for the Islanders, who suffered their first road loss since a 6-3 setback in Phoenix on Dec. 12.

Kevin Poulin allowed all four goals on 26 shots in defeat.

The Panthers pounced on Poulin from the outset, potting three goals in the first frame to create a comfortable cushion.

The offensive onslaught started just 32 seconds in, as the Islanders turned the puck over at their own blue line and Brad Boyes picked up the disc to create a 2-on-1 rush with Barkov.

The teammates then worked the disc back-and-forth before Barkov buried a one- timer from the low right circle to give Florida a 1-0 lead.

Shore doubled the lead at 15:34 when he scooped up the puck below the New York goal line and held off a defender as he made his way to the right faceoff dot, where he wheeled around before ripping a shot that deflected off a defender's skate in front and slipped past Poulin to make it 2-0.

Bjugstad capped the Florida flurry in the final minute of the first. Another New York turnover near the blue line saw Upshall come up with a steal and send the disc ahead to Bjugstad, who lifted a wrister over Poulin from in close to push the lead to 3-0 with 35.6 ticks left.

Upshall extended the margin with a short-handed tally late in the second, as he stripped Andrew MacDonald at the Florida blue line and raced in on a breakaway. Despite MacDonald nipping at his heels, Upshall was able to stuff the puck past the extended right pad of Poulin for a 4-0 lead at 15:59.

New York finally found the back of the net in the final minute of the second. Matt Martin picked up a rebound on the low left side and made his way behind the net before setting up McDonald's one-timer from the low right side that made it 4-1 with just over 30 seconds left in the period.

Vanek netted his 16th of the season 2:38 into the third to get the Isles within two, but a high-sticking double-minor against defenseman Calvin de Haan handcuffed New York's comeback bid and the Panthers were able to hang on for the victory.

"It's partially good goaltending, but also us not burying our chances," Vanek said. "It's those little plays we didn't execute."

Game Notes

Shore's goal was his first of the season ... New York had won a season-high four straight overall coming into the game ... The Islanders' seven-game road win streak was the second longest in club history behind their eight-game tear from Feb. 27-March 29, 1981 ... Florida's Ed Jovanovski supplied two assists and was a plus-2, his first points and best performance in his five games back from radical hip surgery which allowed him to continue his career.

01/14 23:51:05 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
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x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
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Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
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z= clinched overall points title
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ANA 11
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3rd
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MON 4
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BOS 0
DET 1
1st
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NOR 0
DUR 3