Thrashers 2, Panthers 1, SO
Kovalchuk scored with a little over a minute left in regulation and
“To get that final goal in the last minute was huge,” Peverley said. “Coming out of here with two points is really big.”
Vokoun made 36 saves in his first start since sustaining a head injury during Florida’s loss to the
“I thought Vokoun played a great game, considering the circumstances,” Florida coach Pete DeBoer said. “He really battled hard for us.”
Vokoun held the shutout until 1:04 remained in regulation, when Kovalchuk tied it at 1 with a slap shot.
“They played so solid defensively, they really kept us on the outside and Vokoun was solid in net,” Hedberg said. “We had to work hard to get that goal at the end.”
It was the second consecutive home game in which Florida has blown a lead late in the third period.
Florida’s loss to Atlanta on Monday also came late in the game, when Afinogenov scored with six seconds remaining in the third period to give the
Kovalchuk also netted a goal in the first round of the shootout, but
Weiss’ goal, his 13th of the season and sixth in four games, came on the power play at 2:36 of the third. He tipped in
“It just wasn’t meant to be tonight,” DeBoer said. “We live to fight another day. I told the guys after the game that we play like that, we’re going to win a lot more than we lose.”
NOTES: Vokoun wore a skull wrap to hold down his ear and extra padding around the injury. Vokoun’s injured ear looked bruised and swollen after the morning skate. … After hosting Edmonton on Monday, Florida begins a four-game road trip.