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,
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.