SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida goalie Alex Auld made 26 saves to
beat Atlanta 2-0 on Wednesday night and give the Panthers their
first win of the preseason.
Auld was shelled a week earlier by the Thrashers, allowing five
goals on eight shots in a 6-3 loss on Sept. 20. He was acquired in
the offseason in the five-player trade that sent former All-Star
goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.
Auld made his best save in the first period when he stopped
former Panthers captain Scott Mellanby from close in.
Martin Gelinas and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals
for Florida, which entered the game as one of only two winless
teams in the preseason along with Carolina.
Atlanta dropped to 2-3.
Florida killed a 5-on-3 power play for 1:42 in the third period
after being called for three penalties in a span of 1:10.