Shawn Bates scored two goals to help the Islanders hand the
Panthers their 11th straight loss, 5-3 on Saturday night.
"This is the difference between a mediocre road trip and a
great road trip," DiPietro said. "We didn't like to close out a
game like that in the third but we'll take the two points and go
The Panthers' 11-game losing streak is their longest since a
team-record 13-game slide from Feb. 7-March 23, 1998. Florida
hasn't won since Oct. 25 at Pittsburgh.
"It was disappointing," Panthers coach Jacques Martin said.
"Once again we got into trouble when we took penalties. You have
to give them credit, they got to the front of the net.We have to be
able to box them out."
New York scored twice in a 17-second span in the third period to
make it 4-1. Kvasha scored off a round at 4:03, and Bates took a
pass from Jason Blake to the right of the crease and pushed the
puck past Luongo at 4:20.
"It took us a while but we finally got going," Chris Campoli
Bates left the game with 1:14 left after he collided along the
boards with Florida's Martin Gelinas. A team spokesman said it was
a hamstring injury and Bates was on crutches in the locker room.
The Islanders made it 5-1 at 5:47 on Parrish's goal.
"This team has a lot more passion and more offense from a lot
of guys," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. "Our coaching
staff made a decision to back off I told them to have fun and just
play the game. The players responded."
Roberts scored his 400th career goal at 11:13, and Jokinen
followed with 2:01 left.
"We were trying to make a comeback," Jokinen said. "It was
embarrassing for us until we got a couple of goals."
The Islanders took a 2-1 lead late in the second. With Luongo
screened by Trent Hunter, Bates scored on a shot from the left
New York tied it at 1 on Satan's power-play goal from the top of
the left circle at 11:28 of the first. The Panthers opened the
scoring when Huselius fired a shot from the right circle that went
between DiPietro's pads at 6:23.
^Notes:@ The Panthers acquired Russian defenseman Alexei Semenov
from the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday for a conditional 2006 draft
pick. The 24-year-old Semenov, 6-foot-6 and 235 pounds, had a goal
and an assist in 11 games for the Oilers this season. He has four
goals and 14 assists in 103 career NHL games, all with Edmonton.