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Booth nets natural hat trick as Panthers top Ducks

Nov 10, 2008 - 4:53 AM By Craig Shultz PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- David Booth recorded a natural hat trick and Craig Anderson finished with 44 saves as the Florida Panthers halted a six-game slide with a 3-1 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.

Stephen Weiss and defenseman Jassen Cullimore notched two assists apiece for Florida, which entered the contest 0-5-1 in its last six games.

Corey Perry scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 23 shots for Anaheim, which dropped its second straight after posting an 8-0-1 record in its previous nine games.

On Friday night, Mark Parrish of the Dallas Stars also recorded a hat trick in a 5-2 victory over the Ducks.

"It was good, especially against a team like that," Booth said. "We've been desperate to get a couple of wins. Craig played great in net, the defense played good all the way out. The puck just happened to go in off my stick.

"Now we have to go from here, we can't have anymore excuses. We just have to show up every day and have fun. That was the theme behind this game and that is what we did. It's hard - morale is down when you lose six in a row."

Florida coach Peter DeBoer said the league's better teams seems to bring out the best in his young squad.

"There was a lot of desperation and we seem to have brought that against the best teams in the league." DeBoer said. "It is almost a fear of being embarrassed. When we bring that type of game, we're a pretty good team.

"I thought we were real tenacious and we won a lot of puck battles and we got some timely goals. We got some big saves when we needed them. ... That is the kind of game we have to bring to the rink every night in order to compete."

After Perry opened the scoring 1:41 into the contest, Booth backhanded a shot past Giguere exactly four minutes into the first period.

"I was just putting the puck on net, and that's what you have to do sometimes, just flip a puck and good things will happen." Booth said. "It's funny because I was actually going to go to my forehand, but then I just protected the puck and got it on with the backhand and it went in."

The 23-year-old Booth then unleashed a slap shot over Giguere's glove at 6:18 of the second and completed his natural hat trick by wristing a shot from the right circle for a power-play goal with 1:48 remaining in the period.

After netting 22 goals in 73 games in 2007-08, Booth now has seven tallies in 14 games this season.

The Ducks enjoyed a 45-26 advantage in shots - including a 20-4 edge in the third period - but couldn't slip another puck past Anderson.

"It was terrific effort by everyone tonight," Anderson said. "We got some big goals from David Booth, some big blocked shots by our defense, our forwards coming back hard on the back check taking away time and space from their good players. The guys just played their hearts out tonight. Credit to those guys working as hard as they did to make sure we got the W."

"You have to give a lot of credit to Anderson," said Perry, who scored on Anaheim's first shot of the game. "He stood on his head and he was good with his rebounds. We were in front of him and banging away, but he laid his pads on the ice and a lot of pucks just kept bouncing off his pads and then he covered them up. It's one of those nights where it didn't go in the net for us."

Anderson said it was frustrating to give up a goal so early.

"You never want to get beat on the first shot, so I was mad at myself and knew I didn't play it the right way," Anderson said. "Fortunately enough, we came back and tied it up. After that, I just got (angry) and said I'm not going to let the team down tonight."

"He played well," added Ryan Getzlaf, who had a nine-game point streak stopped. "We pumped 45 shots on him, and most of them were quality shots. We had a lot of opportunities."

The Ducks were disappointed with the way they started the game, especially since the Panthers played in Phoenix on Saturday night.

"We have to be able to jump on them early," Getzlaf said. "We didn't stick with it. The second half of the game, we played pretty well, we just couldn't bury it. We had a lot of chances and it just wasn't going in."

"We came out flat," Giguere said. "I think they played a pretty good 60 minutes. Any team in this league that plays a good, solid 60 minutes has a chance to win. I think if you work as hard as the other team and have more talent, eventually you'll come out winning more games. I think if we would have played a solid first period, take their will away, perhaps the scenario would have been different. We didn't do that, we gave them life."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle agreed.

"I didn't think we were physical enough and I didn't think we executed to the level that was necessary until later in the hockey game," Carlyle said. "In the NHL, it takes 60 minutes to win and I don't think we played 60 minutes."

Anaheim, which set a franchise record for home wins last season, has opened this campaign 4-5-1 at the Honda Center.

"We have to be better at home," Giguere said. "It's unacceptable to play like that in front of our fans."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 1 2 0 3
    ANAHEIM 1 0 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 5 (STEVE MONTADOR) 1:41
    FLA - DAVID BOOTH 5 (JASSEN CULLIMORE, STEPHEN WEISS) 4:00
    2ND PRD: FLA - DAVID BOOTH 6 (STEPHEN WEISS, BRYAN MCCABE) 6:18
    FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 7 (MICHAEL FROLIK, JASSEN CUL

    Nov 9 10:29 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 1 2 3
    ANAHEIM 1 0 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 5 (STEVE MONTADOR) 1:41
    FLA - DAVID BOOTH 5 (JASSEN CULLIMORE, STEPHEN WEISS) 4:00
    2ND PRD: FLA - DAVID BOOTH 6 (STEPHEN WEISS, BRYAN MCCABE) 6:18
    FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 7 (MICHAEL FROLI

    Nov 9 9:34 PM


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    FLORIDA 3
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 7 (MICHAEL FROLIK, JASSEN CULLIMORE)
    18:12

    Panthers 3, Ducks 1  2nd - 1:48Nov 9 9:32 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 2
    ANAHEIM 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - DAVID BOOTH 6 (STEPHEN WEISS, BRYAN MCCABE) 6:18

    Panthers 2, Ducks 1  2nd - 13:42Nov 9 9:11 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 1 1
    ANAHEIM 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 5 (STEVE MONTADOR) 1:41
    FLA - DAVID BOOTH 5 (JASSEN CULLIMORE, STEPHEN WEISS) 4:00
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLA 13 13
    ANA 12

    Nov 9 8:44 PM
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    McTool Added 5 roots

    Panthers 1, Ducks 1  1st - 3:35Nov 9 8:43 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 1
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - DAVID BOOTH 5 (JASSEN CULLIMORE, STEPHEN WEISS) 4:00

    Panthers 1, Ducks 1  1st - 16:00Nov 9 8:17 PM


  • NHL
    FLORIDA 0
    ANAHEIM 1
    1ST PRD: ANA - COREY PERRY 5 (STEVE MONTADOR) 1:41

    Panthers 0, Ducks 1  1st - 18:19Nov 9 8:13 PM


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    FLORIDA 0
    ANAHEIM 0 19:55 LEFT, 1ST PRD

    Panthers 0, Ducks 0  1st - 19:55Nov 9 8:10 PM