The Islanders fell to the Florida Panthers on home ice 4-1.

They had a chance to pull within six points of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, but the Isles just could not muster the offense required today.

The Islanders got on the board first when Frans Nielsen scored at 3:35 of the first period, but that was the only bright spot for the Isles.

Tyson Strachan tied the game for Florida at 14:57 of the first period. Tomas Fleischmann gave the Panthers the lead at 4:17 of the second period. Kris Versteeg and Jack Skille also scored for the Panthers.

Evgeni Nabokov started his second game in two days, but he was pulled after two periods in an attempt by coach Jack Capuano to put a jump into the Islanders game. He was replaced by Al Montoya who didn’t let up a goal, and was saved by the post on a couple of occasions.


Panthers goalie Jose Theodore stopped 26 out of 27 shots he faced. Nabokov stopped 11 out of 15, and Montoya stopped all four shots he faced.

Mark Streit led all Islanders in ice time with 22:57.