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Frolik's three-point night helps Panthers clip Flyers

Jan 28, 2009 - 5:14 AM
By Rick Menning PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- The Florida Panthers avenged a shootout loss earlier this month with the help of a rookie.

Michael Frolik recorded a goal and two assists as the Panthers skated to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

David Booth and Frolik scored second-period goals to put the Panthers ahead, 3-1, in the second meeting between the clubs at the BankAtlantic Center in 11 days.

"At the start of the season, I didn't get much ice time. But we had a couple injuries and now I'm playing more and more, and the coach started believing in me more and more," Frolik said. "I'm trying to be more comfortable and confident."

Philadelphia cut the deficit to one just 1:51 into the third period, when rookie Claude Giroux netted his first career goal by beating goaltender Tomas Vokoun to the stick side with a one-timer.

"Every kid's dream is to score in the National Hockey League," Giroux said. "Now that I have that out of the way, I can get back to working to play better and help the team down the stretch."

Vokoun, who made 11 saves in each period, was tested a number of times late in the third but stood tall to improve to 5-1-2 in his last eight decisions.

"Sometimes you just have to get the breaks," Vokoun said. "The guys played well in front of me, and we were able to hold them off at the end."

Ranking in the top 10 in scoring among NHL rookies with 23 points, Frolik snapped a 1-1 tie when his shot from along the end line to Martin Biron's left found its way under the goaltender's pad at 7:43 of the middle session.

"After Vokoun, he was our best player tonight," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said of Frolik. "I thought he did an outstanding job for a guy who basically just got back into town from the All-Star (Weekend)."

With Simon Gagne serving a double-minor for high-sticking, Booth deflected a shot by defenseman Keith Ballard from just inside the blue line past Biron just over four minutes later for a two-goal advantage.

"It took us a period to get our legs back after the (All-Star) break, but we picked ourselves up and got things going pretty good in the second (period)," Ballard said. "We started to play with a purpose and with more intensity."

Philadelphia coach John Stevens believed his team started strong but fell victim to penalties in the second period.

"I thought we were doing fine, but then they get five straight power-play opportunities and we're on the penalty kill for 10 minutes," Stevens said. "It's tough."

Gagne, who netted the decisive goal in Philadelphia's 3-2 shootout win over Florida here on January 16, picked up where he left off by opening the scoring with his 20th goal midway through the first period.

The puck deflected off Gagne's skate at 10:44 as he was trying to pull up for a tip-in on the right side of Vokoun. A video review determined Gagne did not intentionally kick the puck into the net, giving the Flyers the early lead.

"You could look at that six times and not see the same thing," DeBoer said. "I'm going to leave that (decision) to the powers whose job it is to make those determinations."

Florida knotted it up just under four minutes later, when defenseman Bryan McCabe took advantage of a partial screen and fired the puck between the pads of Biron with 5:26 remaining for his ninth goal.

Ballard thinks players like Frolik and Booth, who have combined for 30 goals this season, have been the difference in the Panthers going 6-1-3 this month.

"Confidence works wonders, and those guys are playing with a tremendous amount of it right now," Ballard said. "They are the reason we're in the (playoff) hunt."

Biron turned aside 24 shots.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 0 1 2
    FLORIDA 1 2 0 3 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SIMON GAGNE 20 (MIKE KNUBLE, MIKE RICHARDS) 10:44
    FLA - BRYAN MCCABE 9 (CORY STILLMAN, MICHAEL FROLIK) 14:34
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 10 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 7:43
    FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 20 (KEITH

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    PHILADELPHIA 2
    FLORIDA 3
    3RD PRD: PHI - CLAUDE GIROUX 1 (DARROLL POWE) 1:51

    Flyers 2, Panthers 3  3rd - 18:09Jan 27 9:30 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 0 1
    FLORIDA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SIMON GAGNE 20 (MIKE KNUBLE, MIKE RICHARDS) 10:44
    FLA - BRYAN MCCABE 9 (CORY STILLMAN, MICHAEL FROLIK) 14:34
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 10 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 7:43
    FLA - (PP) DAVID BOO

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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) DAVID BOOTH 20 (KEITH BALLARD, MICHAEL FROLIK)
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    Flyers 1, Panthers 3  2nd - 8:10Jan 27 8:55 PM


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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 10 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 7:43

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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    PHILADELPHIA 1 1
    FLORIDA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: PHI - SIMON GAGNE 20 (MIKE KNUBLE, MIKE RICHARDS) 10:44
    FLA - BRYAN MCCABE 9 (CORY STILLMAN, MICHAEL FROLIK) 14:34
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    1ST PRD: FLA - BRYAN MCCABE 9 (CORY STILLMAN, MICHAEL FROLIK) 14:34

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    PHILADELPHIA 1
    FLORIDA 0
    1ST PRD: PHI - SIMON GAGNE 20 (MIKE KNUBLE, MIKE RICHARDS) 10:44

    Flyers 1, Panthers 0  1st - 9:16Jan 27 8:02 PM