National Hockey League
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NY Islanders Islanders
ML: NYI +112
Florida Panthers
ML: FLA -124
Goalie Performance
Thomas Greiss
#1 G Thomas Greiss
Roberto Luongo
#1 G Roberto Luongo
0.931 SV% 27 SV
0.902 SV% 37 SV
Scoring Leaders
John Tavares
#91 C John Tavares Goals Assists 3 0
Nick Leddy
#2 D Nick Leddy Goals Assists 1 2
Josh Bailey
#12 RW Josh Bailey Goals Assists 0 2
Vincent Trocheck
#21 C Vincent Trocheck Goals Assists 1 1
Keith Yandle
#3 D Keith Yandle Goals Assists 0 2
Reilly Smith
#18 RW Reilly Smith Goals Assists 1 0

SUNRISE, Fla. -- John Tavares continues to haunt the Panthers.

Named an All-Star for the third time in his career earlier this week, Tavares scored three goals as his New York Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night at the BB&T Center.

Tavares' second goal gave him 500 career points, an impressive milestone for the 26-year-old who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft.

"It's hard to believe that's where I'm at," Tavares said. "I didn't really know (I was closing in on 500) until a couple of days ago. It's just good to get it over with -- I will enjoy it at a later date.

"I want to keep this going -- strive for another 500."

Tavares might get to 1,000 quicker if he just played the Panthers all the time. He has 11 goals and 10 assists in 25 career games against Florida.

He eliminated the Panthers from the playoffs last season, getting the double-overtime goal that clinched the sixth and final game of the series. Tavares scored both New York goals in that 2-1 win. The first one came with just 53 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.

Friday was not nearly as dramatic, but Tavares was still a force.

"We didn't hold him in check tonight, that's for sure," Panthers interim coach Tom Rowe said of Tavares, who has 14 goals this season. "He's a great player. He's one of the guys we talked about (in the scouting report) -- him and (Nick) Leddy. (Tavares) is a superstar."

In addition to Tavares, Jason Chimera added his sixth goal of the season, and Leddy scored his seventh for New York (16-16-8), which got solid goaltending from Thomas Greiss. Leddy also had two assists.

Florida (19-17-8) had a two-game win streak snapped as goalie Roberto Luongo took the loss. The Panthers, who killed two five-on-three Islanders power plays, have yet to win three consecutive games this season.

The Panthers, who got goals from All-Star center Vincent Trocheck and second-line right winger Reilly Smith, have lost six of their past eight home games, (2-3-3). Trocheck also added an assist.

New York produced just five shots on goal in the first period -- half as many as Florida -- but still managed a 2-1 lead.

Chimera gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead just 2:22 into the game. He went to the front of the net, received a pass from Anthony Beauvillier and then slipped a backhand shot past Luongo.

Just over a minute later, the Islanders struck again. Leddy penetrated the heart of the Panthers' defense before passing back to Tavares, who unleashed a strong wrist shot from the left circle.

Florida cut its deficit to 2-1 with 10:05 left in the first period. Jaromir Jagr, operating behind the Islanders' net, found Trocheck in the slot. Trocheck had his first shot blocked before cashing in on his second attempt.

New York wasted a great opportunity in the middle of the second period as the Islanders had a two-man advantage for a full two minutes following same-play penalties to Jakub Kindl (cross-checking) and Seth Griffith (slashing).

The Islanders tried six shots during their power play with one blocked by Derek MacKenzie, one going wide of the net and four saved by Luongo.

Leddy, though, scored unassisted with 3:54 left in the second period to give New York a 3-1 lead. The goal happened when a loose puck trickled out to Leddy, who blasted a high slap shot from beyond the left circle.

"I just tried to get the puck to the net," Leddy said.

That put the final punctuation on a second period in which the Islanders had a 19-11 shots-on-goal advantage.

Florida narrowed its deficit to 3-2 on Smith's power-play goal with just 1:42 elapsed in the third period. There were just two seconds left in the power play -- which carried over from the second period after a Ryan Strome slashing penalty -- when Smith scored on a blast from the point.

Tavares restored the two-goal lead New York enjoyed most of the night, scoring with 12:10 left in the third period on an assist from Josh Bailey. On the play, Tavares, who had to wait for the puck to settle, cut from right to left, losing defenseman Jason Demers with a nice move before beating Luongo.

An empty-net goal by Tavares with 1:44 left provided the final margin.

After that, Panthers fans screamed "Fire Rowe", and the chant grew louder in the final seconds.

"It was a rough game all around," Luongo said. "We came out flat. We weren't ready to play as a team, myself included. They scored two early goals. (The Islanders) wanted it more."

NOTES: The teams split their home-and-home series after Florida won 2-1 at New York on Wednesday. ... The Panthers scratched D Dylan McIlrath, C Greg McKegg and C Denis Malgin. ... The Islanders scratched C Shane Prince, RW Stephen Gionta and D Scott Mayfield. ... Florida wraps up a two-game homestand with a game on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. After Wednesday, the Panthers won't play on consecutive days for a month. ... The Islanders play at the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Top Game Performances
NY Islanders   Florida
John Tavares 3 Points Vincent Trocheck 2
John Tavares 3 Goals Vincent Trocheck 1
Nick Leddy 2 Assists Keith Yandle 2
N/A Power Play Goals Reilly Smith 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Thomas Greiss .931 Save Percentage Roberto Luongo .902
Thomas Greiss 27 Saves Roberto Luongo 37
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
NY Islanders 42 5 0-6 2-3 15 42
Florida 29 2 1-3 6-6 21 22
Upcoming Games
  • Florida will play their next game at home against Columbus. The Panthers have a W/L % of .300 after a win and .542 after a loss.
  • NY Islanders will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Islanders have a W/L % of .400 after a win and .400 after a loss.