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Final: Islanders 4, Florida 2
SUMMERSIDE, Prince Edward Island -- Linemates Frans Nielsen and Trent Hunter scored two goals apiece, and the Islanders scored three power-play goals to take a 4-2 exhibition victory last night at Credit Union Place. Two of those goals came with a two-man advantage, but it was a clever play by Nielsen on the Isles even-strength goal that broke open the game.
Early in the final period, Florida goaltender Craig Anderson stopped a shot near the left post and then turned to reverse it behind the net. Nielsen anticipated the play and practically took the puck off Andersons stick behind the net. Nielsen quickly passed out to Trent Hunter who scored his second goal of the game from right of the crease for a 3-1 lead at the 2:30 mark.
The Panthers continued to respond to Islanders pressure by committing bad penalties. Two within a span of 16 seconds gave the Isles 1:44 of five-on-three time. This time, it was Hunter sending a cross-ice pass to Nielsen, who converted his second goal from right of the crease for a 4-1 lead at 6:39. The goal came on a delayed penalty, which left the Islanders with a two-man advantage for another 1:14, but they failed to add to their lead.
There was no question which line was the Islanders most effective. The combination of Nielsen, Hunter and Trevor Smith exerted the most pressure and produced all four goals. Nielsen totaled four points, and Hunter had three but probably should have gotten a second assist on the first goal of the game.
Floridas Drew Larman narrowed the margin to 4-2 at 14:05 of the third. But Islanders goaltender Joey MacDonald stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced, and the Isles finished with a 29-20 advantage in shots on goal. Following the game, the Islanders were scheduled to fly home to Long Island. They play their only home exhibition against the Devils Wednesday night.