In a rematch of Thursday nights matchup, the Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning went at it again and the Panthers won for the second time in a row. Led by Rusty, Cory Stillman and Tomas Vokoun, the Panthers beat Tampa by a score of 5-2.
Stillman notched his first two goals since coming back from his knee injury and Rusty continued his hot scoring streak notching two goals himself, including what would be the game winner and now has 13 goals on the season.
Tomas Vokoun. Well what can you say. he was peppered with 49 shots and he stopped 47 of them as Tampa came at the Panthers with everything that they had. But Vokoun was once again up to the task as this game had the potential to have a much worse outcome then it did.
Florida did end up chasing starting goalie Antero Niittymaki who was replaced by rookie Dustin Tokarski who was making his NHL debut for Tampa. The only major note for Tampa was that Alex Tanguay scored the 200th goal of his career. Tanguay hasn’t had a real good year up to this point with only seven goals to his credit, so maybe it was a good thing that Florida didn’t sign him afterall. I would have thought that playing with Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Steven Stamkos would have helped him. Apparently not.
My Molson Canadian player of the game: Rostislav Olesz.
Next up for Florida, the Atlanta Thrashers on Monday night here in Florida.
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