Game Notes: Calgary was never involved in this one, thanks to - among other issues - Florida's improving cohesion, resulting in 27 saves by goaltender Tomas Vokoun and an unexpected offensive explosion by veteran Radek Dvorak early in the first period. Shawn Matthias sealed it up for the Cats with an insurance goal at the halfway mark of the third. Need more? The "D" was spectacular all evening; not only amongst those in the position, but as a collective club striving for adhesion. This may well have been the finest example by Florida of an "all-in" effort since the Skrudland days: every member of the roster played to the extent of their abilities while reaching to prevent what may have been that final - and accurate - shot against. Panthers are only three games in, but it's been a nice ride so far.
Dvorak: 2g...on two shots. Matthias: one goal on two shots. Assist leader: Marty Reasoner had two, keeping the veteran ensconced as the club's leader in points (4). D Dennis Wideman was again the club leader in TOI with 24:04; CGY's Jay Bouwmeester tallied 25:46 with no points and a minus-one. Flames' Mikka Kiprusoff stopped 15 of 18 shots. Kenndal McArdle played 6:54, with no shots. For those that care, Olli Jokinen ended the night with zero points and a minus-1. More from Matchsticks And Gasoline.
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