NHL Game Summary - Edmonton at Florida|
(Friday, March 23rd)
Final Score: Edmonton 2, Florida 1 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the lone goal of the
shootout, ending the fourth round and sending Edmonton to a 2-1 victory over
Florida on Friday.
Nugent-Hopkins outwaited Jose Theodore, and managed to slip a backhander home
from the right side for the deciding tally.
Ryan Jones scored in regulation for the Oilers, who have won four of six.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 26-of-27 shots in the victory.
"Our guys are working hard and the effort is legitimate," said Edmonton coach
Tom Renney, whose team has 69 points -- second-fewest in the NHL. "That's the
main thing -- we have to make sure we bring this thing home properly."
Jason Garrison scored for the Panthers, who were denied a chance to set a team
record for consecutive wins at home.
Theodore ended up with 20 saves, but Florida, with the point beyond
regulation, remained four points ahead of Washington for the top spot in the
"I don't like playing the scoreboard game. I like taking care of our business
and tonight we just didn't do that," Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen said
about his team's playoff position.
Jones gave Edmonton the lead at 1:37 of the second period, finishing off a 2-
on-1 with Jordan Eberle by lifting a shot home from the left wing.
Garrison equalized for the hosts just shy of the five-minute mark, as he slid
the puck past Dubnyk from the left circle off a Tomas Fleischman dish. The
tally was his 16th of the year, breaking a Florida franchise record for goals
in a season by a defenseman.
Dubnyk stopped 10 shots and Theodore six in a scoreless third period.
Dubnyk did the splits to deny Kris Versteeg on a clean breakaway in the final
seconds of OT, then was the recipient of luck as Versteeg's poke slid along
the goal line and skittered off the opposite pipe.
Edmonton improved to 5-7 in shootouts, and Florida fell to 4-7...The Oilers
have won seven of the last eight meetings dating back to December of
2002...Garrison surpassed Jay Bouwmeester (2007-09) and Bryan McCabe (2008-09)
for the honor.
03/24 01:57:01 ET