Isles unbeaten in last five trips to Florida


SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Another game, another point for the Florida

Viktor Kozlov scored his 100th career goal, and Jani Hurme
stopped 39 shots as the Florida Panthers salvaged a 3-3 tie against
the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.

The Panthers have gone to overtime in 11 of their 21 games this
season, and for the second time in as many nights. Florida, 3-4-3
in the extra session, lost at Atlanta on Tuesday.

"As long as we keep getting the points,'' Panthers coach Mike
Keenan said. "This is now 20 points in 21 games, and we've played
at a very demanding pace, with 11 games on the road.

"If you took any team at the beginning of the year that was
going to play a demanding schedule with the youngest team in the
league, and asked them if they would take 20 points at this point
if the season, the answer would be yes.''

Florida was headed for a win before Kenny Jonsson scored midway
through the third period to help the Islanders pull even at 3.

Claude Lapointe and Alexei Yashin also scored for the Islanders,
who are unbeaten in their last five trips to Florida (3-0-2).

Still, the Islanders weren't exactly pleased with the tie. They
outshot the Panthers 42-24, including a 7-1 dominance in overtime.

"I'm not satisfied with the results,'' Islanders coach Peter
Laviolette said.

The Panthers are winless in six games, but have five points in
that stretch. Peter Worrell and Niklas Hagman each scored for
Florida, and Hurme, who has filled in for the injured Roberto
Luongo, had one of his strongest games in goal. He had seven saves
in the overtime session.

"They dominated the third period in terms of intensity, but we
were able to hang on because of our goaltending,'' Keenan said.

Hurme made just about every stop except the one on Jonsson, who
tied it at 3 at 6:42 of the third, sending a one-timer off the
right post and into the net.

"We worked hard,'' Jonsson said. "A tie on the road when
you're struggling, we'll take that any day.''

Despite having the edge in shots, the Islanders couldn't do
better than one point.

"We have to take lessons from this game,'' Islanders defenseman
Roman Hamrlik said. "I don't know if we should be happy or
disappointed, but we'll move on to our next game.''

The Islanders, losers of six straight during one stretch this
season, are 3-2-1 in their last six games.

"We've had a slow start this season, and we're still struggling
a bit,'' Hamrlik said.

Lapointe put the Islanders ahead 1-0 at 1:29 of the first
period, finishing off a pass from Michael Peca.

The Panthers scored twice in a 2½-minute span to take a 2-1
lead. Worrell scored his first goal of the season at 11:47, moving
into position after Ryan Johnson centered the puck from behind the

Hagman scored at 14:03 to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead.

New York tied it on Yashin's power-play goal at 7:08 of the
second period. He fired a slap shot from the left circle between
the legs of Hurme after a tripping penalty was called against Ivan

A double-minor against Peca for obstruction and unsportsmanlike
conduct set up Kozlov's goal. Kozlov, in the left circle, sent a
high slap shot past Chris Osgood at 12:56 of the second period to
make it 3-2.

Game notes
Lapointe scored his first goal in 11 games. ... Peca,
playing in only his fourth game following a knee injury, assisted
on Lapointe's goal. ... Florida D Sandis Ozolinsh has points in
four straight games. ... Florida C Olli Jokinen had an assist,
giving him six points in his last three games.