Venerable Nassau Coliseum may seem as ancient and run down as the Roman Coliseum, so perhaps that's why an angry, frustrated group of Panthers seem to take on a gladiator mentality in a chippy clash between two teams heading to the golf course in mid-April instead of the playoffs.

Panthers enforcer Krys Barch set the tone with a drag-out, knockdown brawl with fellow toughie Eric Boulton just 2:25 in, and the game ended in a scrum in front of goalie Tim Thomas.

In between, the Panthers fought back from multiple deficits for the third time in as many games, but this time they closed the deal with a 5-3 victory in a penalty marred affair over the lowly Islanders Sunday afternoon to snap a four-game losing streak.

"He's a gladiator and said he hadn't had a fight in 15 to 20 games," laughed Panthers forward Scottie Upshall, who had his third two-goal game of the season, including the last two of the Panthers' four-goal third period.

"Barchy stepped up to the plate for us big time. It was an uphill battle right from the start but once we got our game going we're a tough team to beat.