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New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner (7) checks Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc (57), of Germany, in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, N.Y., Sunday, March 2, 2014. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 5-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Islanders defenseman Matt Carkner (7) checks Florida Panthers center Marcel Goc (57), of Germany, in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Uniondale, N.Y., Sunday, March 2, 2014. The Panthers defeated the Islanders 5-3. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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