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Vokoun leads charge as Panthers blank Devils

Feb 18, 2009 - 6:00 AM
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Tomas Vokoun gave the New Jersey Devils a taste of their own medicine.

Four days after Scott Clemmensen completed his second straight shutout, Vokoun turned aside all 36 shots he faced as the Florida Panthers blanked the Devils, 4-0, on Tuesday.

Richard Zednik and Stephen Weiss each recorded a goal and an assist and Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman each tallied for Florida, which has won four of its last five contests.

"Any points at this point is huge," Vokoun said. "We need the points regardless of who we play. It's a confidence boost; it shows what we're doing works and if we stick to it and do it hard, then most of the time we're going to have a good result."

The 32-year-old Vokoun turned aside 13 shots in both the first and second periods and made 10 saves in the third to notch his fifth shutout of the season and 30th career. He also improved to 10-1-0 when making 30-plus saves at home this season.

"We came out hard," Vokoun said. "We came out strong today and played smart hockey throughout the game. Our penalty killing was huge today."

Clemmensen stopped 24 shots for the Devils, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

"They got some good bounces go their way, especially in our end, and down at the other end, we didn't get much going either," Clemmensen said. "It was just one of those games where you might say we were going uphill against the wind."

New Jersey had won 13 of its previous 15 and was coming off a rousing offensive effort in a 6-5 triumph over the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks on Sunday. However, the Devils' offense was nowhere to be seen in this one - thanks to Vokoun.

"It certainly wasn't one of our better games as far as our sharpness was concerned," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "We were sloppy in certain areas and I just don't think we played like are capable of playing."

The Panthers were outshot, 36-28, but Vokoun was brilliant in collecting his second shutout in four contests.

"Everybody here (in the locker room) knows we can play with anybody in the league," Vokoun said. "There are no easy games. You have to prepare for every game; nobody's going to give you an inch. We're executing our game plan and that's been the key for us because when we do that we are successful."

Vokoun, who has surrendered one goal in his last three wins combined, received all the help he needed at 4:18 of the first period, when Weiss fired a hard wrist shot from the slot past Clemmensen for his 10th tally of the season.

"We were just focused on having a good game," Weiss said. "We knew how good (New Jersey) is, being a veteran club and all. We got off to a good start and for the most part limited their chances as much as possible."

Zednik doubled the lead with 8:33 left in the second by wristing the puck into the vacant net while stationed inside the left faceoff circle. Horton gave Florida a 3-0 advantage just over 2 1/2 minutes later.

"We were opportunistic," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "Our goalie made some big saves at key times for us and we scored some timely goals.

"I don't think we caught New Jersey on their best night, but we'll take it. You have to get points and we got two points. To get to where we want to go, your best players have to be your best players."

Stillman secured the victory with 2:54 remaining in the game, converting a tip-in after collecting Weiss' initial shot.

"It's an important stretch for us, no doubt, but it will go a long way toward showing what kind of team we are and how we respond," All-Star defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said.

"This certainly gives us confidence with more tough games coming up."






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - STEPHEN WEISS 10 (BRYAN MCCABE, MICHAEL FROLIK) 4:18
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) RICHARD ZEDNIK 12 (DAVID BOOTH, MICHAEL FROLIK)
    11:27
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 17 (DAVID BOOTH, RICHARD ZEDNIK) 14:05
    3RD PRD: FLA - CORY STIL

    Feb 17 9:54 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    FLORIDA 4
    3RD PRD: FLA - CORY STILLMAN 12 (STEPHEN WEISS, NICK BOYNTON) 17:06

    Devils 0, Panthers 4  3rd - 2:54Feb 17 9:50 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - STEPHEN WEISS 10 (BRYAN MCCABE, MICHAEL FROLIK) 4:18
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) RICHARD ZEDNIK 12 (DAVID BOOTH, MICHAEL FROLIK)
    11:27
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 17 (DAVID BOOTH, RICHARD ZEDNIK) 14:05
    SHOTS ON GO

    Feb 17 9:04 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 17 (DAVID BOOTH, RICHARD ZEDNIK) 14:05

    Devils 0, Panthers 3  2nd - 5:55Feb 17 8:55 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    FLORIDA 2
    2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) RICHARD ZEDNIK 12 (DAVID BOOTH, MICHAEL FROLIK)
    11:27

    Devils 0, Panthers 2  2nd - 8:33Feb 17 8:50 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NEW JERSEY 0 0
    FLORIDA 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: FLA - STEPHEN WEISS 10 (BRYAN MCCABE, MICHAEL FROLIK) 4:18
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NJD 13 13
    FLA 9 9
    GOALIES: NJD - SCOTT CLEMMENS

    Feb 17 8:12 PM


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    NEW JERSEY 0
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - STEPHEN WEISS 10 (BRYAN MCCABE, MICHAEL FROLIK) 4:18

    Devils 0, Panthers 1  1st - 15:42Feb 17 7:46 PM