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

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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,