SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers found the perfect
solution to their scoring struggles.
They just kept shooting.
The Panthers took 40 shots and scored more than twice for the
first time in seven games in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on Saturday night.
Olli Jokinen scored on the power play 9:28 into the third period
and Roberto Luongo made 34 saves as the Panthers came back
from a two-goal deficit.
"Finally, we were able to bounce back," Jokinen said. "We
were two goals down, but we didn't stop working. We stayed with our
game plan and if you're able to do that, good things will happen."
Jokinen scored his 12th goal of the season when he beat
Jean-Sebastien Giguere to the glove side. Anaheim has now lost six
straight on the road and is winless in 13 consecutive road games.
"You have to keep pushing, especially on the road," Giguere
said. "There's no excuses for us. You have to look ahead."
Florida has recorded at least a point in each of its past five
"Last year, all the teams wanted to play us here because we
couldn't win," Jokinen said. "But now, we're on a roll here."
The Panthers tied the game at 2-all with less than a minute left
in the second period, when Marcus Nilson tapped the puck past
Giguere. Jay Bouwmeester had hit the post with a shot just before
Nilson scored and the rebound came to a rest just inches from the
Matt Cullen pulled Florida to 2-1 when he beat Giguere, who
finished with 37 saves, six minutes into the second period.
"I don't think on the bench I ever saw them getting into a
funk," Panthers coach Rick Dudley said of his team's early
deficit. "We kept focused and eventually we got some pucks in the
Craig Johnson provided Anaheim with the early lead 9:26 into the
first period. Johnson collected his own rebound in front of the net
and put a shot past Luongo. It was Johnson's first goal in 32 games
Sergei Fedorov gave Anaheim a 2-0 lead less than five minutes
into the second period. Vitaly Vishnevski's pass pulled Luongo out
of position and Fedorov sent the puck into the open net.
It was the only meeting between Florida and Anaheim this
season. Florida holds a 9-4-3-1 advantage over the Mighty Ducks
since the two teams entered the NHL together in 1993. Anaheim
center Rob Niedermayer (groin) and defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh
(shoulder) both missed the game against their former team with
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Kerry Fraser, Mike Hasenfratz Linesmen: Pierre Racicot
Attendance: 18,007 (93.5% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Craig Johnson (1)
Assists: Joffrey Lupul, Kurt Sauer
Sergei Fedorov (12)
Assists: Vitaly Vishnevski, Vinny Prospal
Matt Cullen (3)
Assists: Kristian Huselius, Valeri Bure
Marcus Nilson (2)
Assists: Jay Bouwmeester, Craig MacDonald
Olli Jokinen (12)
(Power Play) Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Nathan Horton