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Big Shots: Florida Panthers 3, New York Islanders 2 (OT)

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ELMONT, N.Y. — The Florida Panthers continued to stay red-hot in all aspects as they continued their franchise-record road run by winning their eighth straight road game, this one 3-2 in overtime against the host New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson won it for Florida with a top-shelf, breakaway goal 1:55 into the extra session off a pass from Evan Rodrigues.

Sam Reinhart scored his 37th goal of the year and set the franchise record with his 20th power-play goal of the season.

Matthew Tkachuk picked up two points, and Anthony Stolarz followed up a stellar performance in Nashville with 21 saves on 23 shots.

Stolarz also got a secondary assist on the OT goal as he made a big save to get things rolling.

Florida now goes into the All-Star break with wins in four straight — immediately following a four-game skid.

Unlike Friday’s game in Pittsburgh, Saturday started off slow and civil on Long Island as a large number of esteemed Islanders alumni.

New York outshot Florida 7-4 in the first period and drowned out the Panthers’ first chance on the power play by completely boxing out Reinhart.

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But the moment he found space, he made the Islanders pay.

Reinhart found open real estate and uncorked a one-timer after Tkachuk hit him with a pass from behind the goal line near the midway point of the second period.

It was not only his 37th goal of the year — which is good for second in the league behind only Auston Matthews — but it also marked his 20th power play goal of the season.

That’s a single-season franchise record, casually hit in Game No. 49.

After Simon Holmstrom tied it late in the second, it was Tkachuk’s turn to get on the scoresheet.

Tkachuk deflected home a Sasha Barkov shot early in the third period to put the Panthers ahead.

In 13 games, Tkachuk finished the month with 11 goals and 24 points. He has the second-most points behind only Nathan MacKinnon.

Reinhart, meanwhile, leads in goals during in that stretch with 13.

The Islanders did force overtime, however, with 1:29 remaining as Noah Dobson sliced a cross-ice pass to Kyle Palmieri, who one-timed it past Stolarz.

GOALS OF THE GAME

  • Panthers 1, Islanders 0 (7:56, 2nd PP): Sam Reinhart rifled a one-timer past Semyon Varlamov off of a feed from Matthew Tkachuk.
  • Islanders 1, Panthers 1 (16:29, 2nd): Simon Holmstrom beat Anthony Stolarz with a quick shot off of a face-off.
  • Panthers 2, Islanders 1 (5:59, 2nd) Matthew Tkachuk deflected a Sasha Barkov shot past Varlamov on the power play.
  • Islanders 2, Panthers 2 (18:31, 3rd): Kyle Palmieri sends it to overtime by one-timing a slick pass from Noah Dobson.
  • Panthers 3, Islanders 2 (1:55, OT): Oliver Ekman-Larsson wins it in OT, coming down on a 2-on-1 with Evan Rodrigues for Florida’s fourth straight win.

FHN’S 3 STARS OF THE GAME

1. Sam Reinhart, Florida

2. Anthony Stolarz, Florida

3. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Florida

ON DECK

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS @ FLORIDA PANTHERS

  • When: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m.
  • Where: Amerant Bank Arena, Sunrise
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL app
  • Season Series — At Florida: Feb. 6; March 7. At Philadelphia: March 24.  
  • Last season: Philadelphia won 2-1
  • All-time regular season series: Philadelphia leads 57-37-6, 7 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Feb. 8 vs. Washington, 7 p.m.

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