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The Panthers have made a habit of falling behind early in games.

On Sunday, they finished their comeback.

Florida, which hadn't won a road game since beating Detroit on Jan. 26, scored four unanswered goals in the third period to beat the host Islanders 5-3 on Sunday afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum.

The Panthers got two goals from Shawn Matthias as the winger now has three goals in his past two games. Matthias had 11 goals in March last season; he has three in the first two days of March this year.

Florida trailed 3-1 going into the third after the Isles scored late in the second. But Marcel Goc got Florida going in at 3:16 of the third to make it 3-2. Matthias got his second of the night a few moments later to tie it.

Scottie Upshall gave Florida its first lead since he scored to make it 1-0 on Detroit on Feb. 6; Upshall was credited with his second goal to make it 5-3 although it appeared Jimmy Hayes knocked the puck in with his skate off Upshall's shot.

The two teams combined for 25 penalties with the Panthers being called for 13 of them. The Islanders scored on their first power play chance yet the Panthers' beleaguered penalty kill was good on Sunday. Florida killed off five of six including a full two-minute 5-on-3 chance for the Islanders in the first down 2-0.

The Panthers also got a power play goal on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with the advantage.

Florida concludes this three-game road trip -- which started with Saturday's 6-3 loss in Columbus -- on Tuesday at Boston.

-- The Panthers made a minor move on Sunday afternoon, acquiring minor league winger Mark Mancari from the St. Louis Blues for Eric Selleck.

The Panthers also sent Doug Janik to the AHL's Chicago Wolves for future considerations.

Mancari, 28, had nine goals and 22 assists for the Wolves this season. Mancari has played in 42 NHL games for Buffalo and Vancouver; his last NHL action came over six games with the Canucks in 2011-12.

 

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