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Anderson, Weiss star as Panthers blank Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) -- Craig Anderson stopped all 41

shots he faced and Stephen Weiss snapped a scoreless tie with

just over five minutes remaining in the second period as the

Florida Panthers recorded a 2-0 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers

on Thursday.

Radek Dvorak capped the scoring with an empty-net goal with one

second remaining for Florida, which improved to 5-1-0 in its

last six games.

Anderson stopped 13 shots in both the first and third periods

and 15 in the second to notch his third shutout of the season

and seventh career.

"When I was able to see most everything and control all the

rebounds, it doesn't seem like that many," Anderson said of his

saves total. "You just kind of watch the shot clock grow, and

it kind of builds your confidence a little bit."

"He was awesome. He made it look easy," Weiss said. "He's been

solid playing that way for the last three weeks or so. He's

still our best player."

Mathieu Garon made 14 saves for Edmonton, which saw its

three-game winning streak come to an end.

"When you look at their lineup, you could be tempted to think it

was going to be easy. But we knew it was going to be a hard

game," Garon said. "They battled really hard and have big guys

back there defensively. They just shut us down."

"There's lots of nights after the home (games) that I have

criticized the team for the way that they played and the lack of

effort. I am not going to do that tonight," Oilers coach Craig

MacTavish said. "I don't think it's appropriate. We were

inefficient around the net, but it was not totally our undoing

tonight."

Although his team was being outshot by a 25-11 margin at the

time, Weiss was able to open the scoring with 5:04 remaining in

the second period.

With the Panthers on the power play, Weiss wristed a shot from

the right faceoff circle that sailed past Garon for his fifth

goal of the season.

"Just shoot it quick," Weiss said of his strategy. "I think

that's the key, and also (players) being in front of the net

screening the goalie, that's key as well. If he sees it, he

probably stops it."

Anderson made the slim lead stand, making a plethora of saves

that was highlighted by a stop on Ales Hemsky during a breakaway

early in the middle session.

"When a forward comes in full speed, he doesn't have the

advantage," Anderson said of his save on Hemsky. "I just wanted

to just kind of read what he was going to do, and I read shot

the whole way, so I was fortunate that he didn't get off the

perfect shot that he wanted to."

"That was a real big stop, absolutely," Florida first-year coach

Peter DeBoer said. "We know what Edmonton can do, and we were

prepared. We held them to the one breakaway, a few 3-on-2s.

But other than that, I thought our defensemen did a really good

job of keeping the shots to the perimeter and giving Craig a

chance to see them all."

The Panthers, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the

Oilers, won for the first time in Edmonton since January 5,

1996.

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