UNIONDALE, New York (CBS4) – The New York Islanders may be one of the worst teams in the NHL, but one way to cure that is to schedule a game against the Florida Panthers.

The Islanders’ Matt Moulson scored three goals for the second straight game and Islanders goalie Al Montoya stopped 20 shots on the way to a 5-1 demolition over the Panthers Monday afternoon.

Moulson started the scoring at 7:40 in the first period and added a second goal later in the period. The Islanders outshot Florida 16-3 in the first period. Moulson’s final goal came with 2:37 left in the game on an empty net.

Montoya has been quite a find for the Islanders, who have used six goalies this season because of injuries. On Saturday, he became the first Islander to post a shutout in his first start when New York topped Los Angeles 3-0.

Florida is currently tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs for 11th place in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and dead last in the Southeastern Division.

They’re currently 7 points behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The team is also two games below .500 this season.

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