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Stillman, Vokoun help Panthers end struggles vs. Sharks

Oct 25, 2008 - 3:30 AM SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Cory Stillman scored a pair of goals - including the game-winner late in the second period - and Tomas Vokoun stopped 47 shots as the Florida Panthers posted a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Nathan Horton and Richard Zednik also tallied and defenseman Keith Ballard had three assists for Florida, which snapped a six-game losing streak to San Jose.

Captain Patrick Marleau netted a shorthanded goal while Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe scored power-play tallies for San Jose, which was denied the first 7-1-0 start in its 17-year history.

"We got a win against arguably one of the best teams in the league, so we'll take it," Florida coach Peter DeBoer said. "(San Jose) threw a lot of pucks at the net and really took control. You have to give them a lot of credit."

The Panthers squandered a 3-1 lead, but Stillman's deflection with 1:46 left in the second period put them back on top for good. After Ballard fired a slap shot from the left point, Stillman - who was stationed on the left side of the crease, tapped it past goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

"You have to go out there, rise up and meet the challenge," said Stillman, who leads the team with nine points. "It's all about competing and being aggressive. We battled hard out there against a very good team."

Vokoun made Stillman's goal stand, stopping all 16 shots he faced in the third.

"You have to stay focused the whole game," Vokoun said. "Obviously, you don't like to be facing that many shots, but my job is to stop the puck. This is a good momentum builder for us."

"I thought our big-minute players played pretty well. I was disappointed in our foot soldiers,' San Jose coach Todd McLellan said. "We threw everything we had at (Vokoun) in that third period."

Stillman's second tally came just 37 seconds after Marleau's shorthander tied the game. After Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester coughed up the puck in the offensive zone, Marleau finished a 2-on-1 rush by tipping in a pass from Mike Grier with 2:23 left in the period.

Clowe had pulled the Sharks within 3-2 as he scored on a deflection with 8:22 left in the second. It should have been the tying goal, however.

Clowe appeared to tally just 82 seconds earlier, when he deflected the puck into the left side of the net with his skate. A shot caromed off Vokoun's right blocker, hit Clowe's skate and caromed off a defenseman's skate before going in.

However, the goal was disallowed following a video review.

"We were talking on the bench (during the review) and saying, 'Whatever happens, we have to have a big shift,'" Clowe said. "It was nice to score right away (after the disallowed goal)."

San Jose struck early as Thornton scored just 51 seconds into contest, but Florida responded with goals from Stillman, Zednik and Horton. The tallies by Zednik and Horton came just 36 seconds apart late in the opening session.

It was another poor outing for Nabokov, who entered with a 4.51 goals-against average in his last three starts. In this one, he stopped 31 shots.

"It's early in the season and he's working on his game," McLellan said. "We still have confidence in him. That hasn't wavered one bit. He's still one of the top goalies in the league."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 1 2 0 3
    FLORIDA 3 1 0 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 1 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:51
    FLA - CORY STILLMAN 4 (KEITH BALLARD, NICK BOYNTON) 7:16
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 1 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 14:29
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 3 (CORY STILLMA

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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 1 2 3
    FLORIDA 3 1 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 1 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:51
    FLA - CORY STILLMAN 4 (KEITH BALLARD, NICK BOYNTON) 7:16
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 1 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 14:29
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 3

    Oct 24 9:15 PM


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    SAN JOSE 3
    FLORIDA 4
    2ND PRD: FLA - CORY STILLMAN 5 (KEITH BALLARD, NICK BOYNTON) 18:14

    Sharks 3, Panthers 4  2nd - 1:46Oct 24 9:13 PM


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    SAN JOSE 3
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: SAN - (SH) PATRICK MARLEAU 5 (MIKE GRIER) 17:37

    Sharks 3, Panthers 3  2nd - 2:23Oct 24 9:11 PM


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    SAN JOSE 2
    FLORIDA 3
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) RYANE CLOWE 2 (CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF, ROB BLAKE) 11:38

    Sharks 2, Panthers 3  2nd - 8:22Oct 24 8:58 PM
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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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    SAN JOSE 1 1
    FLORIDA 3 3 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 1 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:51
    FLA - CORY STILLMAN 4 (KEITH BALLARD, NICK BOYNTON) 7:16
    FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 1 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 14:29
    FLA - NATHAN HORTON 3

    Oct 24 8:15 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    FLORIDA 3
    1ST PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 3 (CORY STILLMAN) 15:05

    Sharks 1, Panthers 3  1st - 4:55Oct 24 8:08 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    FLORIDA 2
    1ST PRD: FLA - RICHARD ZEDNIK 1 (KEITH BALLARD, STEPHEN WEISS) 14:29

    Sharks 1, Panthers 2  1st - 5:31Oct 24 8:06 PM


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    SAN JOSE 1
    FLORIDA 1
    1ST PRD: FLA - CORY STILLMAN 4 (KEITH BALLARD, NICK BOYNTON) 7:16

    Sharks 1, Panthers 1  1st - 12:44Oct 24 7:55 PM
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    SAN JOSE 1
    FLORIDA 0
    1ST PRD: SAN - (PP) JOE THORNTON 1 (MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC, DAN BOYLE)
    0:51

    Sharks 1, Panthers 0  1st - 19:09Oct 24 7:44 PM
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