SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Islanders nearly paid for relaxing too early against the Florida Panthers.
Nursing a three-goal lead in the third period, the Islanders got quite a jolt when the Panthers rallied to tie it with three goals in less than two minutes.
But Casey Cizikas broke that tie, and the Islanders held on to beat the Panthers 4-3 on Saturday night.
"We take five, 10 minutes off and you kind of lose focus. That's what happens," Cizikas said. "It's just a perfect example of how you have to play a full 60 minutes. It's something that we can learn from."
Cizikas took a pass from Colin McDonald from behind the net and got a shot past goalie Scott Clemmensen from the left of the crease at 12:55.
"Mac made a great play behind the net of finding me right there," Cizikas said. "I just tried to get it off as quick as possible."
Kyle Okposo, Radek Martinek and Brad Boyes also scored, and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 27 shots for the Islanders (13-12-3), who are 5-1-1 in Mar...