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Vokoun, Panthers shutout Bruins

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Radek Dvorak provided the offense

and Tomas Vokoun was all the defense the Florida Panthers would


Vokoun stopped all 41 shots he faced and Dvorak scored a pair of

goals in the third period to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over

the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

Vokoun made 15 saves in the opening period, 12 in the second and

14 in the third for his sixth shutout of the season and 32nd of

his career. He also assisted on Dvorak's first goal.

"Sometimes playing this game you have good fortune and a lot of

luck," Vokoun said. "I got some bounces go my way tonight. We

ended up scoring that (shorthanded) goal and it made a


After the first 40 minutes were played without a goal, Dvorak

put the Panthers on top just 1:44 into the final period.

With Richard Zednik serving a double-minor for high sticking,

Dvorak collected the loose puck around the center line and

skated down the right side.

The Panthers right wing held off Bruins All-Star defenseman

Zdeno Chara and beat All-Star goaltender Tim Thomas with a

wrister from just below the right circle.

"It was nice to finally puck the puck in," Dvorak said. "There

were like three or four posts and near misses, so it was nice to

see the puck go in for us in the third period.

"I had a step on (the defenseman) and I just wanted to get a

shot on net and it went in."

Dvorak doubled the Florida advantage at the 6:44 mark of the

third, knocking home a perfect feed from in front of the net

after Gregory Campbell centered the puck from along the left


"It was nice that (Radek Dvorak) got rewarded for his effort

tonight," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "I thought we

really did a good job on the forecheck, creating chances."

Boston, which failed to score on all six power-play

opportunities, never found away to beat Vokoun, who made the

slim lead stand up.

The 29-year-old Czech made a couple of key saves in the third

period - including a spectacular right pad stop on Patrice

Bergeron's wraparound attempt midway through the frame.

"(Vokoun) was outstanding," DeBoer said. "Nothing short of

that. He gave us a chance to win and that's the type of

goaltending you need down the stretch."

It was the third time that Boston has been shutout this season -

and second on its current five-game road trip.

"We had a lot of energy tonight, that wasn't the issue," Bruins

coach Claude Julien said. "It was more (a lack) of

concentration or lack of willingness to go to the dirty areas.

We can have 41 shots on net, but if the goaltender can see

everything you're not going to score too many goals that way."

Thomas made 27 saves for Boston, which is just 1-3-2 in its last

six games.

"It was one of those nights," Thomas said. "They covered the

slot area pretty well. If we could have gotten just one (goal),

it would have been a totally different game."



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