Panthers 3, Flames 0


Radek Dvorak scored twice in a 3:05 span of the first period and

fellow Czech star Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves for his 39th career

shutout in the Florida Panthers’ 3-0 victory over Calgary on

Thursday night.

Vokoun made 17 saves in the third period. He’s 13-4-4 against

Calgary with a 1.88 goals-against average.

”This is my fourth year in Florida and this is one of the best

games I’ve seen us play,” Vokoun said. ”We were playing exactly

how we wanted and it was a great effort from everybody.”

Shawn Matthias added a goal midway through the third period for

Florida, which opened the season with one-goal losses in Edmonton

and Vancouver.

”It’s nice to get the first win out of the way, it’s always the

toughest one. Now we can sleep well tonight,” Matthias said.

Dvorak beat Miikka Kiprusoff off a rebound at 4:20 of the first

period and scored again on a slap shot at 7:25. Marty Reasoner

assisted on both goals.

On the first goal, Reasoner shook off rookie Flames center

Mikael Backlund and whipping a backhand toward the net. Kiprusoff

kicked out his pad to make the stop, but Dvorak swept in the


”Reasoner made a nice play taking both guys to the net and I

had no one on the other side, so I decided to take the shot and I

don’t think Kipper saw that puck at all,” Dvorak said.

On the line’s next shift, Dvorak darted down the wing and, as he

crossed the blue line, released a strong shot that clanged in off

the goal post. Kiprusoff had no chance on the goal, with Flames

defensemen Steve Staios and T.J. Brodie as well as a Panthers

forward blocking his line of sight.

”After the first 5 minutes of the first period and until the

end of the second, our compete level wasn’t there,” Flames forward

Alex Tanguay said. ”We were second to the puck, they seemed to be

winning every battle. When you don’t play with the puck, it’s tough

to win.”

Calgary’s top line of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Tanguay

has failed to score a point this season.

”We’re a better team then what we’ve shown in two out of three

games,” Tanguay said. ”In order for us to be in the playoffs,

we’ll have to show some consistency.”

NOTES: The Flames also were shut out in their season-opening

loss in Edmonton. … Florida will face Tamnpa Bay at home on

Saturday night. … Kiprusoff finished with 15 saves. … Florida’

too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty in the second period ended a

stretch of over 117 minutes without a penalty. … Florida is 5 for

5 on the penalty kill in its first three games.