NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Florida
(Friday, February 1st)
Final Score: Florida 4, Vancouver 3 (SO)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Nathan Horton notched the game-winner by netting the lone goal in the shootout, as the Panthers spoiled Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo's return to Florida with a 4-3 win over the Canucks.
"I think he (Luongo) thought I was going glove side, like I used to in practice, because the blocker side was open," said Horton of his shootout tally.
Daniel Sedin could have kept the shootout going with the final shot in the third round, but while making a move to the backhand near the net, lost control of the puck before he could take a shot.
Horton scored in regulation, as did Jozef Stumpel and Stephen Weiss for the Panthers, who snapped a two-game slide. Vokoun added 29 stops in regulation for his 21st win of the season.
Luongo, making his first appearance in South Florida since the 2006 trade which dealt him to Vancouver, took the loss despite a solid, 40-save performance. The 28-year-old goaltender played for the Panthers from 2000-2006, compiling 108 wins and 26 shutouts.
Daniel and Henrik Sedin posted a goal and assist each for the Canucks, who have lost three in a row and five of six. Mason Raymond also tallied and Markus Naslund picked up a pair of helpers in the loss.
"It's an unacceptable loss," Luongo admitted. "They're all tough. We had chances to win and we couldn't get another goal. We've got to win games, got to find ways to get it done. Tonight's the first night we've had a lead in I don't know how many games.
Raymond put the Canucks ahead 1:42 into the third, but Weiss countered with 6:14 left in regulation as he blasted a shot from the right circle over Luongo's shoulder and under the crossbar.
Daniel Sedin was sent off with 1:14 to play for a hook, but the Panthers could not capitalize with the man advantage during the remainder of regulation or the overtime spill-over.
Vokoun then came up big to stop Ryan Kesler with under two minutes left in the extra session to keep the game deadlocked.
Horton dragged down Naslund on a clean breakaway with 46.6 seconds to play, and the Canucks captain was awarded a penalty shot, but Vokoun slid out and stacked the pads to keep the game going.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead on the power play with nine seconds left in the first period, as Daniel tapped in a pass from brother Henrik while cruising through the high slot.
Florida countered at 5:04 of the second, as Horton was given enough room in the slot to slip a wrister through traffic in front of Luongo for his 13th goal of the season.
The visitors went up a goal with 13:03 played when Daniel repaid the favor, slipping a centering feed to brother Henrik for a wrister which beat Luongo over the glove.
However, the Panthers notched a power-play goal 1:29 later, as Olli Jokinen's blind feed into the slot found Stumpel for a one-timer and a 2-2 tie.
Florida improved to 5-3 in the shootout, while Vancouver slipped to 4-6...The clubs has not played in Sunrise since November 30, 2002, a 5-2 Canucks victory...Vancouver also won the last meeting, 4-3 in a shootout last January 7 at GM Place...Stumpel broke a 10-game goalless drought...Each of the Panthers' four games against Northwest Division opponents have ended in shootouts...Florida head coach Jacques Martin moved into eighth place on the all-time list with 502 wins, passing Pat Burns.
02/01 23:53:53 ET