April 9, 2000
Islanders 3, Panthers 2
Filed at 2:58 p.m. EDT
By The Associated Press
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Mariusz Czerkawski's hat trick and Roberto
Luongo's 29 saves helped the New York Islanders end their season with
a 3-2 victory over the playoff-bound Florida Panthers Sunday.
Pavel Bure had two goals and finished the season with 59, one shy of
his career high. The Panthers ended the season in fifth place in the
They will play either Philadelphia, Washington or New Jersey in the
Luongo, who was called up Saturday from Lowell of the AHL to replace
injured Kevin Weekes, made his first appearance since Feb. 29.
The win was only the 10th at home for the Islanders, tying for the
fewest home wins in a season. The Islanders managed only 10 wins in
their first season of 1972-73, and during the lockout season of 1994-
95, when they played only 24 home games.
New York (24-49-9-1) avoided losing 50 games. The Islanders had 60
losses in their first season, and the 49 losses were the second most
in franchise history.
After a scoreless first period, Bure put the Panthers ahead at 8:18
of the second period.
Czerkawski then scored a natural hat trick -- three straight goals --
the only Islanders player to do so this season.
He tied the score at 12:28 on a power play when his centering pass
from the right corner hit defenseman Robert Svehla's skate and went
past Trevor Kidd, who finished with 27 saves.
He put New York ahead at 14:08 on another power-play goal, a slap
shot from the right point that hit a Panthers player and sailed over
Czerkawski completed the trick at 7:13 of the final period when he
wristed a shot from the right side over Kidd.
Bure closed the scoring with a power-play goal at 12:55.