NHL Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Florida |
(Thursday, February 12th)
Final Score: Florida 5, Pittsburgh 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Niklas Hagman scored two goals and Roberto
Luongo stopped 34 shots, as the Florida Panthers routed the hapless Pittsburgh
Penguins 5-1 at the Office Depot Center.
Darcy Hordichuk, Olli Jokinen and Valeri Bure added goals for the Panthers,
who have won three straight overall and eight in a row against the Penguins.
Matt Cullen added two assists in the victory.
"I thought that we really held the blue line well tonight on our transition
and used our speed to get back, and didn't give them time to get the trap
going," Florida head coach John Torchetti said.
Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 26 shots for the Penguins, who have lost 13
straight contests. Pittsburgh's last victory was a 2-1 triumph over the
Philadelphia Flyers back on January 12.
Ryan Malone tallied the lone goal in defeat. Sebastien Caron replaced Aubin
after Hagman's second goal and finished the night stopping six shots.
Hagman's first goal snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the second period. Aubin
was caught out of position trying to play the puck behind the net on a Penguin
power play. Cullen slipped in, stole the puck from Aubin and spotted Hagman,
who was in the slot and had an easy empty-netter.
Hagman would light the lamp again on a blast from just inside the blue line,
beating Aubin stick-side for a 3-1 advantage with just over two minutes left
in the period. The goal also ended Aubin's night.
Jokinen's goal with just eight seconds left in the period gave the Panthers a
commanding 4-1 cushion. Mike Van Ryan shot the puck from the right point, and
Caron made a blocker save. The rebound deflected off Cullen's skate and went
to Jokinen, who was on the doorstep and beat Caron on the glove side.
The Panthers had a franchise record 26 shots in the second stanza.
Florida kept pouring it on, adding another goal early in the final period.
Bure snapped a low shot that beat Caron top shelf, glove-side for a 5-1 lead
with 2:57 gone by in the third.
Luongo stopped all 12 shots he faced in the third for Florida. He was even
more impressive in a scoreless first period, turning aside 14 shots.
The Panthers struck first on Hordichuk's second tally of the season, just 2:11
into the second period. Byron Ritchie skated down the right side of the ice
and slid the puck across the goalmouth to a streaking Hordichuk for a 1-0
Hordichuk initially tried to redirect the pass but was stopped by Aubin. The
puck rebounded off the pad of the netminder and Hordichuk spun around in the
slot and finished off the play.
The Penguins would get the equalizer off the stick of Malone at the 7:54 mark.
Eric Meloche ripped a slap shot from the right circle, but Luongo failed to
make a clean save. The puck caromed off his leg pad and Malone finished up the
rebound for a 1-1 contest. The shorthanded goal was Malone's 16th marker of
"They were hungry. Maybe we were nervous and it's an experience we're going
through. We're still battling for a playoff spot and you're going to learn
from it," Torchetti added. "I thought after we went up 1-0 and then we gave up
that short-handed goal, everybody started to kind of look at each other, and
you know, it's 1-1. We don't have to worry too much, it's only one goal. We
can't let things bother us and affect us system-wise."
Former Miami Dolphin great Dan Marino dropped the puck in pre-game
ceremonies...Pittsburgh was 0-for-7 on the power play, while Florida cashed in
once on four chances with the extra skater.
02/13 00:18:18 ET