In what may have been the Florida Panthers final chance to make a playoff run this season, the team turned in one of its worst efforts of the season, and dropped a 5-1 decision to the New York Islanders Monday afternoon on Long Island.
Matt Moulson recorded a hat trick, including the first two goals of the game. His first goal came 7:40 into the first period, when John Tavares threw a puck out in front of the net onto Moulson’s stick, who snapped it through Tomas Vokoun’s legs. Moulson recorded his second goal just over seven minutes later, on a blistering shot that beat Vokoun over the shoulder. P.A. Parenteau hit Moulson with a perfect pass at the left face off dot to set up the goal.
The Islanders made it 3-0 just 37 seconds into the second period with a power play strike. Radek Martinek took a shot from the point, which quickly deflected off Panthers forward Jack Skille’s leg and passed a confused Vokoun.
New York took a 4-0 lead at 6:41 of the second period, when Vokoun overcommitted to Josh Bailey, who wristed a shot just inside the corner of the net.
The Panthers, who looked disinterested for most of the game, got their only goal on a Mike Santorelli power play tally. Santorelli picked up a loose puck that bounced off an Islanders defenseman, and quickly fired it passed Al Montoya, who made 20 saves in the victory.
Moulson completed the hat trick with an empty netter. Down by three goals, Florida decided to pull Vokoun with over three minutes left, in an attempt to get back into the game, but to no avail.
The Panthers will travel to Ottawa to take on the lowly Senators on Wednesday night.