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Vokoun, Panthers shut out Hurricanes

Feb 13, 2009 - 3:46 AM
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Tomas Vokoun made sure the momentum of a third-period comeback in the Florida Panthers' previous contest carried over for at least one more game.

Vokoun made 42 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and five different players scored as the Panthers skated to a 5-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

Nathan Horton, who also notched an assist, and Richard Zednik netted first-period goals as Florida won for the seventh time in its last nine games and improved to 3-1-1 against its Southeast Division rival.

"Our defense had been carrying the load for us for a while, and now the forwards are chipping in," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's not just one or two guys, it's spread out through the lineup, which is critical going down the stretch."

The Panthers trailed the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, in the third period Tuesday before rallying for a 5-4 win in overtime to maintain its hold on the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Hurricanes.

"It doesn't happen often when you come back from three goals, so it carried over to this one," Vokoun said. "If we had lost that one, this one might have been different. We lost some tough games last year, but so far (this season), we've been able to come out on top. We're going to enjoy this one because it was a great team win, but we've got another one tomorrow (against the New York Rangers)."

There was not nearly as much drama in this one as Florida distanced itself a bit in the standings behind a solid outing from its goaltender.

"I much prefer these than the dramatic ones," DeBoer said. "I thought out goaltender was our best player tonight. He started things. I thought we scored some good goals, too."

It was the 29th career shutout for Vokoun, who made 15 saves in the first period, 14 in the second and 13 in the third.

"You can look back and say we had 22 or 23 chances to score and their goaltender made some big saves on a lot of them, but at the end of the day, it's 5-0," Carolina coach Paul Maurice said.

Tallies by Anthony Stewart and Gregory Campbell 12 seconds apart midway through the second period built the lead to 4-0 and chased goaltender Cam Ward.

"We've got four lines playing. Before, we were relying on 2 1/2 lines," Stewart said. "Everyone is contributing. We're keeping guys fresh and everyone is performing."

Ward allowed four goals on just 13 shots before being replaced by Michael Leighton, who made nine saves in 30 1/2 minutes of action.

Florida was relentless around the net throughout, putting in rebounds on three different occasions. After Horton gave Florida a 1-0 lead at 7:31 of the first, Zednik buried his own rebound with 7:11 remaining to double the advantage.

Stewart went streaking down the right side and avoided a pokecheck attempt by Ward to make it 3-0 at 9:18 of the second, and Campbell followed moments later with his 12th goal of the season for a four-goal bulge.

"There were some good things, but some bad habits as well," Carolina's Tuomo Ruutu said. "It was 5-0 in your home building. It's not acceptable. They got two points, we got none."

Rookie Michael Frolik capped the scoring with 6:27 left in the third, and Kamil Kreps recorded a pair of assists for the Panthers.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    FLORIDA 2 3 0 5
    CAROLINA 0 0 0 0 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 15 (KEITH BALLARD, DAVID BOOTH) 7:31
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 11 (NATHAN HORTON) 12:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - ANTHONY STEWART 2 (KAMIL KREPS) 9:18
    FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 12 (RADEK DVORAK, JAY BOUWMEESTER)
    9:3

    Feb 12 9:26 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 2 3 5
    CAROLINA 0 0 0 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 15 (KEITH BALLARD, DAVID BOOTH) 7:31
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 11 (NATHAN HORTON) 12:49
    2ND PRD: FLA - ANTHONY STEWART 2 (KAMIL KREPS) 9:18
    FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 12 (RADEK DVORAK, JAY BOUW

    Feb 12 8:37 PM


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    FLORIDA 5
    CAROLINA 0
    2ND PRD: FLA - MICHAEL FROLIK 12 (KAMIL KREPS, CORY STILLMAN) 13:33

    Panthers 5, Hurricanes 0  2nd - 6:27Feb 12 8:28 PM
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    Panthers 4, Hurricanes 0  2nd - 7:37Feb 12 8:20 PM


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    FLORIDA 4
    CAROLINA 0
    2ND PRD: FLA - GREGORY CAMPBELL 12 (RADEK DVORAK, JAY BOUWMEESTER)
    9:30

    Panthers 4, Hurricanes 0  2nd - 10:30Feb 12 8:17 PM


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    FLORIDA 3
    CAROLINA 0
    2ND PRD: FLA - ANTHONY STEWART 2 (KAMIL KREPS) 9:18

    Panthers 3, Hurricanes 0  2nd - 10:42Feb 12 8:17 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLORIDA 2 2
    CAROLINA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 15 (KEITH BALLARD, DAVID BOOTH) 7:31
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 11 (NATHAN HORTON) 12:49
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    FLA 8 8
    CAR 15

    Feb 12 7:42 PM


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    FLORIDA 2
    CAROLINA 0
    1ST PRD: FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 11 (NATHAN HORTON) 12:49

    Panthers 2, Hurricanes 0  1st - 7:11Feb 12 7:30 PM


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    FLORIDA 1
    CAROLINA 0
    1ST PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 15 (KEITH BALLARD, DAVID BOOTH) 7:31

    Panthers 1, Hurricanes 0  1st - 12:29Feb 12 7:21 PM