|Jassen Cullimore wins it in OT for Panthers, despite pad switch by Rick DiPietro|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 03 January 2008 16:49|
Cullimore ripped a slap shot from the left circle into the top right corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
In his first game back after missing the previous three with a sprained left knee, Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro came out for warmups and played the first period in clean, white leg pads. However, for the second and third periods, he switched back to his old orange, blue and white pads without an explanation.
A goalie's equipment must be inspected and approved by the NHL before it can be used in a game. Using illegal or uninspected equipment results in an automatic two-game suspension for the player, a $25,000 fine for his team, and $1,000 for the team's equipment manager.
``We are sorry ... but we have no comment on this matter at this time,'' Mike Murphy, the NHL's senior vice president of hockey operations said via e-mail.
An Islanders spokesman declined comment during the game.
Nathan Horton scored twice and added an assist for the Panthers. Linemate David Booth added a goal and assist, while Craig Anderson picked up his first win of the season with 38 saves.
The win also gave Florida coach Jacques Martin his 498th NHL coaching victory, putting him in sole possession of 10th place on the all-time win list for head coaches. He surpassed Glen Sather.
Mike Comrie and Mike Sillinger scored power-play goals for the Islanders, while Bill Guerin scored at even strength. DiPietro stopped 28 shots.
Florida had one good opportunity late in the scoreless first period, but DiPietro stopped Richard Zednik twice in succession on a tip-in try and a rebound stuff attempt.
The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead 50 seconds into the second period, when Horton took a wrist shot, and it dribbled between DiPietro's pads into the net.
The Islanders tied the game on their first power play when Comrie banged home a rebound at 2:12.
Florida went back on top when Booth, alone at the right crease, had a rebound land right on his stick, and he shot it in the open side at 6:56.
Booth, who scored his 10th this season, has goals in consecutive games.
Anderson took a tripping penalty, setting up New York's third power play, and Sillinger scored at 11:37.
The Panthers took their third lead at 16:39 when Horton's wrist shot from the top of the right circle beat DiPietro high to the far corner on a power play.
The Islanders blitzed Anderson with 18 shots in the final period, and Guerin tied the game with 5:19 left in regulation as his long shot from the top of the right circle beat Anderson to the short side.
Anderson stopped Trent Hunter in front with 10 seconds left in regulation.
Notes: Tomas Vokoun started the previous dozen games for Florida before getting the night off against the Islanders ... The Panthers won eight of their previous 10 road games prior to Thursday night's contest ... The Islanders hit the 40-shot plateau for only the third time this season ... Legendary Islanders broadcaster Jiggs MacDonald will be filling in for regular TV play-by-play man Howie Rose on New York's upcoming Western Canadian road trip ... One member of the 11,428 in attendance was Wheel of Fortune's host Pat Sajak.