NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Florida |
(Friday, November 7th)
Final Score: Florida 6, Pittsburgh 3
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Valeri Bure scored twice, including the go-
ahead goal in the third period, as the Florida Panthers skated to a 6-3 win
over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Office Depot Center.
Niklas Hagman, Stephen Weiss and Mike Van Ryn also scored for the Panthers,
and Roberto Luongo stopped 18-of-21 shots in goal, as Florida snapped a two-
game skid. Olli Jokinen added an empty-netter to give the Panthers its first
six-goal effort in 42 games.
Milan Kraft scored two goals and Rico Fata added one, as the Penguins lost
their second-straight contest. Rookie Marc-Andre Fleury was peppered by shots
on goal, and could stop just 40 of the 45 he faced.
The game was tied at three apiece late in the third period, but the Panthers
scored two quick goals to put it away.
Bure netted the first at the 13:21 mark on a beautiful pass by Weiss. Weiss
hit Bure on the doorstep to Fleury's right with a cross-ice pass from the
right boards, and Bure one-timed the puck into an open net.
The fifth Panthers goal came when Van Ryn one-timed a pass from Jokinen past
Fleury from the left point. Fleury couldn't get his pads adjusted to cover the
Bure got Florida on the board first, scoring his first goal of the year less
than a minute into the game. Kristian Huselius picked up a loose puck down low
and moved it over to Bure in the slot. Bure wristed it into the open net to
snap a personal 38-game goalless streak.
Late in the period, Hagman gave the Panthers a two-goal lead on an even-
strength goal. He took a pass at the top of left circle from Jaroslav Bednar,
carried the puck right, then cut back. Hagman sent a low wrister on net that
beat Fleury just inside the post.
Just 31 seconds into the second period, an even-strength goal by Fata cut the
Florida lead in half. Aleksey Morozov tried a wrap-around to Luongo's left,
but lost control. It came out to Fata, who wristed a shot past Luongo.
Kraft knotted the game at two apiece at the 6:17 mark of the period on his
first goal of the season. He took a pass from the bottom of the left circle
from Martin Straka, cut to the net, and poked at it back-handed. The puck
went airborne, bounced off of Luongo's back and into the goal.
Pittsburgh took its first lead of the contest when Kraft netted his second
goal of the game with less than a minute gone in the third period. Straka
moved out from the right corner boards with the puck and hit Kraft at the left
off circle. He one-timed the puck past Luongo for the tally.
Weiss re-tied the game less than five minutes later when Bure picked up a
loose puck along left board near the hashmarks, carried it in and let go a
wrister. It hit Fleury in the chest, but a rebound dropped in front of Weiss,
who drew it out and wristed it high into the net.
The Panthers honored the World Series-champion Florida Marlins at the
arena...Florida visits St. Louis on Saturday...This was the first time the
Panthers had 40-plus shots on net since their last six-goal game, a 6-0 win
over Pittsburgh on February 6, 2003...Pittsburgh has been outshot in all 12
games this season...Florida has won six-straight in the series...Fata has a
three-game goal streak.
11/07 22:32:32 ET