Tomas Vokoun Steals One For The Panthers

It Takes A Thief. Last Night Tomas Vokoun Was One.

Today’s music video is Stolen Car by Bruce Springsteen since we’re talking about thieves.

Last night the Florida Panthers and goaltender Tomas Vokoun did what they had to do to “steal” a game from the Atlanta Thrashers.  Every year you hope that your goaltender can win a few games for you on his own, and that’s what Vokoun did last night.

He started out by giving up a goal to defenceman Zach Bogosian from the point, a long shot that Vokoun should have stopped.  Obviously the rest of the way Vokoun was the brick wall he needed to be as he made 38 saves on the night as the Panthers hung on to beat Atlanta 2-1.  A game that wasn’t filled with excitement for sure, until the third period when the Thrashers put on the pressure, and Vokoun had to make 18 saves.  Speaking of filled, the attendance was announced at slightly more than 10,000.  Unless they are counting the attendance for the game in Florida, I think there were more people at the watch party at Duffy’s Sports Bar in Plantation.

I must admit that while i watched the entire first period, I missed the second, which means I missed Little Stevie’s goal that tied the game.  Figures. Radek Dvorak also scored in the second as the panthers took a 2-1 lead into the third period, firing 16 shots on goal in the second against Thrasher goaltender Ondrej Pavelic.

The victory for the Panthers was their third in four games and Atlanta lost for the sixth time in seven games since coming from behind to beat the Panthers 4-3.  Jason Garrison was back in the lineup for the Panthers after missing a few games with a groin injury.  Michal Repik was also in the lineup after being recalled from Rochester to take the place of the injured Steve Bernier.  Repik who was one of the top scorers in the AHL was firmly stuck to the bench in the final period and only played 8:55 the entire game.  Repik was placed on the fourth line.  Good use of talent?

Here’s the TSN boxscore.

With Little Stevie’s goal last night the point projection is now at 42.

Tonight the Panthers will take on the Boston Bruins and face old friend Mr. Lazy Ass himself, Nathan Horton. Will be interesting to see how the Panthers play against him, and if horton plays with any intensity.  speaking of intensity, it’s the second of back to back games, which we aren’t very good at.  Winning this game would be a huge step and a big road win here  will boost confidence.

No promises for a game day preview post.  In the event one doesn’t show up, here’s the TSN version.  but hey, check back later today.  You never know.

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Tags: Atlanta Thrashers Little Stevie Michal Repik Ondrej Pavelic Radek Dvorak Tomas Vokoun Zach Bogosian

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