Isles Hold Off A Fierce Panthers Squad

The Isles extended their 4 game winning streak to 5 with a shootout win against the Florida Panthers Friday night.

For the most part, the first period was very evenly matched, but the Panthers managed to score on one of there few chances of the period.

Jimmy Hayes got the scoring started for the Panthers with his 3rd goal of the season from a beautiful pass from behind the net by Trocheck.

The Isles came out of the gate very strong in the second period. A very nice play by both Kyle Okposo and Josh Bailey led to the tying goal by John Tavares more then halfway through the period.

It wasn't very long before the Isles found the net again, as Ryan Strome found the back of the net off of a breakaway chance that was set up beautifully thanks to a homerun pass from Thomas Hickey behind the Isles net.

The Isles continued to keep up the pressure for most of the second period and for the first half of the 3rd period, and would eventually find the net once again to jump ahead to a 3-1 lead early in the thrid period thanks for a hard fought goal by Nikolay Kulemin, who's game just keeps getting better.

But, an event that has become far to familiar to Isles came back to haunt them in the third. A lack of good forechecking, a few missed conversions, and way to many bad penalties led to the Panthers coming back in the last 10 minutes of the game to even up the score with goals by Brian Cambell on the PP and Aaron Ekblad with only 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the game.

As the game moved into overtime the Panthers were holding almost all of the momentum and were able to keep the puck held in the Isles zone for most of OT.

Thankfully, for the Isles Jaroslav Halak came to play last night, and was able to come up with a plethora of key saves in OT and the SO.

With SO goals from Nielsen, and KO the Isles sealed their 5th straight win and continue what has beena pretty impressive November for the team.

Up next is a very talented Tampa Bay team that is surely to give the Isles Defense a run for their money. Let's keep NoLoseNovember Alive!!

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