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Takeaways as Panthers' comeback bid falls flat against Islanders to begin homestand

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

Published in Hockey

SUNRISE, Fla. — After a successful three-game road trip in Canada, the Florida Panthers were hoping to carry that momentum back home.

It didn’t work out that way on Saturday, as the Panthers fell, 4-3, to the New York Islanders at Amerant Bank Arena to begin a three-game homestand.

Florida falls to 14-8-2 and has now lost each of its past three games on home ice. The Islanders improve to 10-7-6.

After falling behind 3-1 midway through the second period, the Panthers twice cut their deficit to one goal — first on a Matthew Tkachuk goal with 6:34 left in the second period and then again on a Carter Verhaeghe goal with 10:24 left in regulation — but got no closer.

Sam Reinhart also scored for Florida, tying the game at 1-1 in the first period.

Anders Lee, Pierre Engvall, Simon Holmstrom and Julien Gauthier scored for the Islanders. New York goaltender Ilya Sorokin stopped 44 of 47 shots that came his way.

 

The Panthers continue their homestand Wednesday against the Dallas Stars and Friday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

Here are three takeaways from the game.

Rough night for Stolarz

The Panthers went with Anthony Stolarz in net hoping he could build off his strong start to the season as Florida’s No. 2 goaltender.

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