NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Florida
(Thursday, January 12th)
Final Score: Florida 3, St. Louis 1
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Olli Jokinen had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers past the St. Louis Blues, 3-1, at the BankAtlantic Center.
Joe Nieuwendyk and Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who have won two straight after dropping their previous three.
Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for Florida, its first win against St. Louis in five attempts.
Kevin Dallman scored his first career NHL goal for the Blues, who have dropped their past four games.
Curtis Sanford stopped 30 shots for St. Louis, which dwells in the cellar of the NHL standings with only 25 points.
The Panthers opened the scoring with two goals separated by 2:33 in the opening 20 minutes. Jokinen scored at 14:59, followed by Nieuwendyk's tally.
Steve Montador had the puck at the right point and got it down low to Jokinen, who brought it out to the right circle and snapped a turnaround shot that beat Sanford on the glove side.
Jozef Stumpel then skated the puck low on the left side of the net and slid a pass to Nieuwendyk, who veered in unchecked and tapped the puck into the net from the left side.
The Blues cut the deficit in half with a power play goal in the second period. Doug Weight had the puck on the right side of the net and sent a centering pass that a Florida defender deflected. The disc popped into the air and Dallman smacked it in at the 10:46 mark.
However, Florida regained its two-goal edge on Horton's goal with four minutes left in the period. Gary Roberts sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Horton in the slot. Horton snapped a one-timer that went into the left corner of the net.
The Blues had three power play opportunities in the final 20 minutes, including one in the final minutes during which they pulled Sanford.
St. Louis plays the fourth of a five-game road trip Friday at Atlanta...The Panthers host the Blue Jackets on Saturday...Jokinen moved into fifth place on the all-time goal list for the Panthers with 98, moving past Ray Whitney. Jokinen has 118 goals in his NHL career...St. Louis is 9-2-2 (two ties) in its past 13 games against Florida...Florida was held scoreless in its three power play opportunities...The Blues went 1-for-7 with the man advantage...Florida center Rostislav Olesz left towards the end of the second period favoring his left shoulder and did not return.
01/12 22:05:30 ET