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Vokoun blanks former team as Panthers top Predators

Dec 24, 2008 - 4:07 AM
By Rick Menning PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Tomas Vokoun stopped all 27 shots he faced for his second consecutive shutout as the Florida Panthers blanked his former team, the Nashville Predators, 3-0, on Tuesday.

Michael Frolik netted a pair of goals and Cory Stillman also tallied for Florida.

Rookie Pekka Rinne, who posted three shutouts in the month of December, finished with 40 saves for Nashville.

After stopping all 23 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, Vokoun stopped 12 shots in the first period, six in the second and nine in the third for his third shutout of the season and 28th career.

"The guys are playing great in front of me," Vokoun said. "It's a streaky thing. You have nights when you are seeing the puck well and the breaks are going your way. You try to ride the wave."

The Czech played with the Predators from 1998-2007.

"It's nice to get a win like that, especially against a former team," Vokoun said. "You're not going to get something like (back-to-back shutouts) unless your team is playing sound hockey."

The Panthers went on the attack midway through the second period, and capitalized when Frolik's wrist shot from the right circle off a cross-ice pass from defenseman Nick Boynton found its way over Rinne's outstretched glove with 6:48 remaining in the session.

"I kind of knew they would shoot from anywhere. They had a good start and we didn't have too much going on," Rinne said. "It was a rough night from our side."

The play capped a furious few minutes for Florida, which nearly finished another rush down ice moments earlier when Stephen Weiss sent a return pass to David Booth on a 2-on-1 break, but Booth couldn't get his stick on the puck.

"I'm handling the puck more and gaining a lot of confidence," Frolik said. "My teammates gave me some scoring opportunities. I'm settling in nicely and getting comfortable."

Frolik, who entered the game with nine points in his last 10 games, nearly scored again on a partial breakaway, but was denied by Rinne. He finished the period with five scoring chances.

"I felt really good the entire period," Frolik said. "I didn't realize I had that many chances, but I'm getting more ice time with my linemates and that's really helping me."

Florida outshot Nashville, 17-6, in the second period, and held a 32-18 advantage over the first 40 minutes.

"We got after them pretty good and our pressure resulted in some chances and we were able to capitalize," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "Getting that first goal was huge."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz echoed DeBoer's sentiments.

"The way both teams were going defensively, we score that first goal and we're probably sitting here going, we won 1-0 or 2-0, whatever it may be," Trotz said. "We did enough good things. We just didn't do enough to win the game."

Trotz said Vokoun's play brought back memories of the goaltender's time in Nashville.

"He looks like the dominant goalie we had for years," Trotz said

Despite Nashville picking up the pace in the third period, the Panthers struck for an insurance tally with just over four minutes left when Stillman knocked in Richard Zednik's initial shot from point-blank range. Rinne made the initial save, but Zednik fed Stillman for the eventual tally.

"We have all the confidence in the world right now," Weiss said. "The way both our goalies (Vokoun and Craig Anderson) are playing lately, we feel like we have a chance to win every game."

Nashville had the better of the scoring chances in the first period, and nearly went ahead just minutes into the action when captain Jason Arnott's shot from the left side got past Vokoun but hit the far post.

"It's totally frustrating when you can't put the puck in the net," Predators right wing Martin Erat said. "(Vokoun) played great. He was at the top of his game tonight."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0 0 0
    FLORIDA 0 1 2 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 4 (NICK BOYNTON, DAVID BOOTH) 13:12
    3RD PRD: FLA - CORY STILLMAN 7 (RICHARD ZEDNIK) 15:28
    FLA - (EN) MICHAEL FROLIK 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:47
    POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: NAS - 0 OF 2, FLA - 0

    Dec 23 9:56 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: FLA - (EN) MICHAEL FROLIK 5 (UNASSISTED) 19:47

    Predators 0, Panthers 3  3rd - 0:13Dec 23 9:55 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    FLORIDA 2
    3RD PRD: FLA - CORY STILLMAN 7 (RICHARD ZEDNIK) 15:28

    Predators 0, Panthers 2  3rd - 4:32Dec 23 9:49 PM
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    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Predators 0, Panthers 1  3rd - 14:13Dec 23 9:33 PM
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    McTool Added 5 roots

    Predators 0, Panthers 1  End of 2ndDec 23 9:20 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0 0
    FLORIDA 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 4 (NICK BOYNTON, DAVID BOOTH) 13:12
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 12 6 18
    FLA 15 17 32
    GOALIES: NAS - PE

    Dec 23 9:07 PM


  • NHL
    NASHVILLE 0
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 4 (NICK BOYNTON, DAVID BOOTH) 13:12

    Predators 0, Panthers 1  2nd - 6:48Dec 23 8:53 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 0 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NONE
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NAS 12 12
    FLA 15 15
    GOALIES: NAS - PEKKA RINNE
    FLA - TOMAS VOKOUN

    Dec 23 8:13 PM