ReCat: Panthers Too Much For Islanders
Roberto Luongo was spectacular in Florida's 5-1 win over the New York Islanders.
Roberto Luongo (11-11-3) won his 412th career game in a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders in Long Island on Tuesday night.
Luongo stopped 33-of-34 shots for the win, including the first period, when the Panthers were outshot by a nearly incomprehensible 19-to-2 margin. Although Florida only generated a total of 17 shots through the entire contest, they handily solved opposing netminder Jaroslav Halak four times.
The second period would see Reilly Smith (9), Aleksander Barkov (7), and Aaron Ekblad (7) each light the lamp for the Panthers, while Brock Nelson provided the only marker for the Islanders with his 10th of the season. Vincent Trocheck (9) and Jonathan Huberdeau (4, SH, EN) completed the scoring in the third.
Barkov also racked up two helpers on the night for a season-high three points, only the third time he has turned the trick in his three seasons. Jussi Jokinen pitched in two assists of his own, while Smith, Dylan Olsen, and Brandon Pirri earned one each in the victory. For a New York State of Mind, check out Lighthouse Hockey.
The Panthers will go on to visit the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night at 7PM before closing their road trip out against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Check in here tomorrow morning for the full A.M. recap with Todd.