Oilers 3, Panthers 2, SO

The Edmonton Oilers hope that Monday night’s win is the start of

a trend. The Florida Panthers just want to win a game.

Shawn Horcoff scored once in regulation and again in the

shootout, leading the Oilers to a 3-2 win over the Panthers for

their third straight win.

“It’s a good night any time you come away with two points,”

Oilers coach Pat Quinn said. “We just hope that continues and we

find a way to keep improving as a team.”

Dustin Penner also scored and Jeff Deslauriers made 33 saves for

Edmonton. Deslauriers was playing in his ninth straight game while

starter Nikolai Khabibulin recovers from a back injury.

Dominic Moore scored two goals for the Panthers and Tomas Vokoun

stopped 26 shots.

The Oilers are on their first single-season three-game road

winning streak since Nov. 13-Dec. 8, 2006. They improved to 4-4 in


The Panthers lost for the eighth time in nine games. They failed

to hold a third-period lead for the fourth time in the past five


“This is like Groundhog Day,” Panthers coach Peter DeBoer

said. “I thought we played a pretty good game. I think most nights

that you play like that you’re going to win.”

Edmonton’s Robert Nilsson and Florida’s Rostislav Olesz each had

shootout goals before Horcoff’s decided it.

“It’s always nice to have your number called and produce in a

shootout,” Horcoff said. “You’d like to get it done before that,

and we had our chances in the overtime, but you’ll take the points,

for sure.”

Moore gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal at 1:25

of the third. As players from both teams fought for the puck in

front of the Edmonton goal, Moore was able to get off a shot that

got past Deslauriers’ glove.

The Oilers bounced back about three minutes later when Lubomir

Visnovsky’s slap shot from the high slot was deflected by Penner

past Vokoun on the glove side to tie it 2-all at 4:33.

“We played well tonight and that took some of the pressure off

me although I would like to have that first goal (they scored)

back,” Deslauriers said, “but you can’t dwell on that.”

Horcoff gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead at 3:29 of the second period

on a power-play goal. Visnovsky passed from the left circle to

Horcoff in front and he tipped it in over Vokoun’s right shoulder

as Vokoun fell backward.

The Panthers tied it less than three minutes later. Moore passed

the puck from behind the net and it hit off defensemen Tom

Gilbert’s skate and sneaked in at 6:07.

“We have to continue to be positive,” Moore said. “It’s easy

to get down when you don’t get the results you think you


Florida’s Gregory Campbell remained on the ice for several

minutes after an open-ice collision with teammate Bryan Allen

between the blue and red lines as the second period ended. Medical

personnel brought out a stretcher but Campbell skated off the ice

under his own power. He wasn’t injured but was kept out during the

third period as a precaution.

NOTES: Panthers RW Radek Dvorak became the eighth player in

franchise history to skate in his 1,000th NHL game. He is in his

14th season with four different clubs. … This is the only meeting

between Edmonton and Florida this season.