Final OT

Series (Game 2 of 4)

New York leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
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Game 2: Wednesday, November 20th
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Game 3: Friday, December 13th
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Game 4: Monday, December 30th
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Islanders 3

(6-11-0, 14 pts)

Panthers 3

(6-7-4, 20 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 20, 2002

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

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FLA 2 1 0 03

O. Jokinen (Panthers - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

A. Yashin (Islanders - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

V. Kozlov (Panthers - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Isles unbeaten in last five trips to Florida

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

Jani Hurme
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Viktor Kozlov
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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 2-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 net.

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 Majesky.

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.

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