20 March 2011
The New York Islanders picked up a shootout win over the cellar dwelling Florida Panthers on Saturday night. It was their second consecutive game that went into overtime on the second consecutive night.
After a scoreless first period and with Jesse Joensuu in the penalty box, Michael Grabner scored a shorthanded goal, his 30th of the season, and gave the Islanders the lead. But Evgeny Dadonov of the Panthers would score two goals, his fifth and sixth on the year, before the period was over and the Panthers would lead 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.
The Islanders came out in the third and scored two goals in the first ten minutes. PA Parenteau scored his 18th at 7:09 to tie the game at 2-2 and Micheal Haley scored only his second of the season at 9:50 to put New York back on top. But with a little over six and a half minutes remaining, Stephen Weiss scored his 21st of the year, tying the game 3-3 and ultimately sending it into overtime.
After five minutes of scoreless play these two teams lined up for a shootout. The Panthers elected to shoot celebrity news first, sending out Mike Santorelli who was stopped by Rick DiPietro, who returned from injury after a fight with Penguins goalie Brad Johnson. Frans Nielsen was first up for the Islanders and he scored. Down 1-0, Sergei Samsonov came out for the Panthers but was also stopped. PA Parenteau then came out and put one by Scott Clemmensen to end the shootout in only two rounds and give the Islanders a 4-3 win.
The Panthers out shot New York 32-21, but still lost.
The Islanders are now off until Tuesday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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