Newcomer Robert Reichel had a goal and two assists in his debut and the Islanders scored two short-handed goals as they tried to get back into the playoff race. Reichel's linemate, Zigmund Palffy, scored twice and had an assist.
Travis Green, Dan Plante, Randy Wood and Todd Bertuzzi also scored for New York, which got 23 saves from goalie Tommy Salo. Florida goalie Mark Fitzpatrick entered the game with an 0-5-5 record in his past 10 starts, giving up only 19 goals. His record dropped to 8-8-8 after stopping just 16 shots.