Panthers take 1-0 shootout win over B’s
|11.12.09 at 9:49 pm ET|
Corey Stillman scored the shootout game winner as the Florida Panthers took a 1-0 victory over the Bruins Thursday.
Stillman whisked a backhand shot past Tim Thomas in the fourth round of the shootout. Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Thomas made 23 saves during regulation and overtime. He is also credited with his third shutout of the season despite the shootout setback. He has now posted back-to-back shutouts and has not allowed goal since the first period of a Nov. 5 contest against the Montreal Canadiens, a stretch of 173 minutes and 28 seconds of hockey.
The Bruins completed a four-game home stand with a 2-0-2 mark.
Boston shut down three Florida power plays and has killed 31 of the last 32 opposition power play chances during the past five games.
With the Panthers working on an extended five-on-three advantage in the opening period, Thomas made a sprawling stick save to stuff a goal-mouth shot by Nathan Horton.
Later in the same Florida power play, Thomas made a pair of slick poke checks with his goal stick to keep the Panthers off the scoreboard.
The Bruins allowed Florida just one shot in the second period, a season-low by an opponent. Boston had limited the Penguins to just two shots in the opening period of Tuesday’s 3-0 win.
Despite outshooting the Panthers 19-1 in the second, the game remained scoreless as the Bruins failed to convert on two power play chances.
Boston’s second line, with David Krejci centering for Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, showed signs of a pulse in the middle period. The trio pinned the Panthers in the Florida zone for a full shift, generating several scoring chances before changing on the fly, to spirited applause from the restless crowd.
Minutes later, Krejci also drew a tripping call on Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard.
Bruins winger Shawn Thornton tangled with Florida defenseman Bryan Allen in the second-period. No decision.
Player of the Game ‘ Vokoun was perfect in regulation, overtime and the shootout.
Turning Point – After being outshot 19-1 in the second, the Panthers found their game, taking a 14-8 shot advantage over the Bruins in the third.
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