The Florida Panthers scored four goals in the third period to blast past the New York Islanders, 5-3.
This game started off with a pop at only the 2:25 mark Krys Barch and Eric Boulton would drop the gloves and square off which seemed to get the crowd and the teams buzzing early in the first period.
Thomas Vanek would open the scoring for the Islanders minutes later at the 6:41 mark with his 20th of the season and added his 21st on the power play just 58 seconds later at 7:39 to start the Islanders off in the right direction. The Islanders had a two minute power play in which they failed to score and would take the first period lead 2-0 into the dressing room.
It was at the 18:15 mark that Shawn Matthias would score his 8th of the season to cut the lead to 1 but the islanders answered with a goal from Ryan Strome, his 2nd of the season at the 19:14 mark to regain the 2 goal lead for the Islanders who would end the period leading 3-2.
It was Marcel Goc who opened the scoring in the third with a slapshot at the 3:16 mark, his 11th of the season and then just 62 seconds later Shawn Matthias would put a wist shot past Anders Nilsson his 9th of the season to tie the game at 3.
Scottie Upshall would score his 11th of the season at the 10:31 mark to take a 4-3 lead and then at the 15:26 mark he would score his second of the game and 12th of the season on a power play, to take a 2 goal lead with less that 5 minutes left in the game.
The Islander fans immediately started to leave the building with a all too familiar taste of yet another Islander blown lead and another loss at home.
Head Coach Jack Capuano said “The way that we are losing is frustrating to me because it isn’t a structural problem or a systematic function of what we are doing, we mismanaged the puck.”
Tim Thomas made 35 saves in the game and Anders Nilsson made 29.