Panthers fall in overtime

Published: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Wade Dubielewicz played only 2:24 but earned his second NHL victory Wednesday night when Mark Parrish scored in overtime, lifting New York to a 4-3 victory over the Florida Panthers and snapping the Islanders' five-game losing streak.
Dubielewicz, recalled after Rick DiPietro's knee injury last week, made his NHL season debut with 8.5 seconds left in regulation after Garth Snow left with an apparent leg injury. He made three saves and became a winner when Parrish took Shawn Bates' pass and beat Roberto Luongo with a changeup shot 2:15 into the extra session.
Snow was injured after stopping Martin Gelinas' rush. With the puck still loose, Florida forward Nathan Horton and Islanders defenseman Alexei Zhitnik fell onto Snow as he kneeled and leaned backward. He was helped off the ice after making 36 saves.
Dubielewicz stopped Olli Jokinen's point shot to force overtime. Each stop he made was met with loud cheers.
Oleg Kvasha tied a career high with two goals and added an assist.
Alexei Yashin bounced back from spending significant minutes on the bench in each of the previous two games because of ill-advised penalties to get the Islanders even for the third time. He got a stick on Miroslav Satan's left-point shot and deflected it past Luongo with 8:55 left in regulation.
Joe Nieuwendyk gave Florida a 3-2 lead at 4:02 of the third period with his fifth goal in five games.
The veteran forward scored one goal against Boston on Dec. 28, two against Montreal two days later and another at Buffalo on Sunday - all Panthers victories. His streak and Florida's winning run were snapped Tuesday in a 3-0 loss at New Jersey.
Juraj Kolnik scored a power-play goal in the first period and Joel Kwiatkowski added a man-advantage tally in the second for the Panthers, 1-7-2 in the second half of back-to-back games.
Kvasha's second goal, off a pass from Satan in the slot, sneaked through the pads of Luongo, tying it at 2 with 4:03 left in the second period.
Luongo, drafted fourth overall by the Islanders in 1997, replaced his injured backup, Jamie McLennan, at the start of the period. Luongo was slated to have a night off after playing in 12 straight games. He has missed only three of 43 this season.
McLennan was beaten by Kvasha's first goal at 12:40 of the opening frame, just more than nine minutes after he was bowled over by Bates. McLennan stopped 10 shots, but needed smelling salts to finish the first period.
Kvasha, dealt in the June 2000 trade that sent Luongo and Jokinen to Florida, has scored three of his five goals this season against the Panthers. It was his first goal in three games since missing 12 with an ankle injury.
Kolnik made it 1-0 at 8:35 after taking a perfect pass from Jozef Stumpel. Kwiatkowski restored Florida's lead at 8:05 in the second with his first goal in 28 games.
Notes: Yashin has 22 of his 38 points in the first period. ... Kvasha has three career two-goal games, the last coming against the New York Rangers on March 25, 2002. ... Before Wednesday, the Panthers' previous five goals were scored by 39-year-old forwards Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts. ... New York forward Jason Blake bruised his ribs in the second period and didn't return. ... The Islanders killed off eight power plays Monday against Tampa Bay to snap an 11-game streak of allowing a man-advantage goal. But New York allowed two on five Florida chances.

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