Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/19/14

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 09: Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the San Jose Sharks walks through the tunnel on his way to the ice for their game against the Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion on January 9, 2010 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves, defenseman Andrew MacDonald scored the winning goal and the New York Islanders defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of a four-game homestand. It was Nabokov's third shutout this season for the Islanders, who moved within one point of eighth place in the Eastern Conference despite having won only six of 19 home games this season. After losing their three previous home games by faltering in the third period, the Islanders shut down the Panthers, who have the NHL's worst record at 9-18-6. MacDonald scored his second goal of the season at 6:05 of the first period on the power play. John Tavares scored his team-leading 19th goal, an empty-netter with 31 seconds left. Casey Cizikas added an empty net score with 13 seconds remaining.
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