Florida at New York

Islanders on rare three-game win streak with win over Panthers


UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have their second three-game winning streak of the season, and they have Yann Danis to thank for a large part of that.

Danis made 37 saves to help the Islanders beat Florida 3-1 on Saturday night.

Danis was going for his first shutout of the season, and the team's first, but with 1:27 left in the game, Gregory Campbell redirected a shot into the net.

"All that matters to me is the win," Danis said. "I don't care if it's 3-1, 3-2, or 3-0, as long as we win."

Danis won his third straight, and his third this season. He was 0-5-1 before his run of success.

"I definitely feel more comfortable out there," Danis said. "I'm just trying to be more aggressive and make myself look bigger in net."

Mike Comrie, Bill Guerin and Kyle Okposo scored for New York.

Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for Florida. The Panthers had won two straight.

"You'd like to say their goalie won the game, but he didn't," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "He played well, but they capitalized on their opportunities and we didn't."

The Islanders took advantage of a Florida mistake to open the scoring with 26 seconds left in the first period. Vokoun made a save on Doug Weight's shot, and then wrapped the puck around the net to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester. Comrie took the puck from Bouwmeester and quickly threw it into the open short side.

The Islanders killed a pair of double-minor penalties in the scoreless second period, with Danis stopping 12 shots.

"Our penalty killing stepped up tonight," Okposo said.

Guerin gave the Islanders a two-goal lead at 4:19 of the final period. He got a centering pass from Comrie, did a spin-o-rama in the slot and backhanded the puck past Vokoun.

Okposo scored for the fourth straight game at 11:02 on New York's fourth power play. He took Trent Hunter's centering pass and one-timed a shot into a hole on the right side.

"He's playing with the puck with confidence now," Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. "We're seeing him do more with the puck. Not just tonight, but he's doing things that have opened my eyes that I didn't know was in his repertoire."

Florida coach Peter DeBoer pulled Vokoun with just under five minutes left in the game for an extra attacker, put him back in during a center ice faceoff, and then pulled him again. The closest the Islanders came was Blake Comeau hitting a post.

"It creates desperation for our club," DeBoer said. "We've picked up points in 10 of our last 12 games. You're going to have nights like this, and we have to bounce back."


  • The Islanders have had one previous three-game winning streak this season, from Nov. 13-17.
  • The teams split the prior two meetings, with each winning at home. The series concludes Thursday night in Florida.
  • The attendance at Nassau Coliseum was announced as 13,336.
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Yann Danis makes 37 saves for the Islanders and barely misses a shutout.  (US Presswire)
Yann Danis makes 37 saves for the Islanders and barely misses a shutout. (US Presswire)
Florida (23-18-8)0011
NY Islanders  (15-29-5) «1023
Three Stars
Y. Danis

Saves: 37
Save Pct.: .974
R. Park

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Comrie

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1

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Scoring Summary
18:34Mike Comrie (7), Backhand Shot, Unassisted.
04:19Bill Guerin (15), Backhand Shot. Assist: Comrie, Nielsen
11:02Power Play - Kyle Okposo (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Hunter, Campoli
18:33Gregory Campbell (10), Tip-In. Assist: Ballard, Boynton
Penalty Summary
04:45Park, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
06:21Zednik, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:50Okposo, 4 min, High-Sticking
19:00Peltonen, 2 min, Hooking
01:09Horton, 2 min, Tripping
10:04Streit, 2 min, Slashing
16:48Guerin, 4 min, High-Sticking
09:25Kreps, 2 min, Holding
Shots On Goal
New York1281030
Tomas Vokoun55:35273
Yann Danis59:55371
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders1-for-4
Game Information
Attendance - 13336
Referees - Greg Kimmerly, Dan O'Halloran
Linesmen - Jean Morin, Derek Nansen
Other Games
Phi 0 Final
StL 4
Min 4 Final
Van 3
Pitt 4 Final
Tor 5
Det 2 Final
Wash 4
NYR 0 Final
Bos 1
Chi 4 Final
SJ 2
Buf 2 Final
Pho 0
Atl 0 Final
Car 2
LA 3 Final
Mon 4
Ana 4 Final
Colo 3
Dal 7 Final
Colu 3