Panthers Steal Victory in Shootout

Florida's Vokoun stops Canadiens short to snatch a 2-1 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 4:00 AM CDT
Panthers Steal Victory in Shootout
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet, from France, makes a save on Florida Panthers' Rostislav Olesz (85), from Czech Republic, during first period NHL hockey action Tuesday Oct. 16, 2007, in Montreal. (AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz, The Canadian Press)   (Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens took first blood last night, scoring against Florida's Tomas Vokoun three minutes into the game, but the Panthers had the final say in a 2-1 win. A late third-quarter goal by Nathan Horton forced a shootout, and Vokoun denied the Canadiens another score, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

After two Panthers came up empty in the shootout, Jozef Stumpel got around Montreal goalie Cristobal Huet for the winning goal. Florida improves to 3-3 after a game that the team "had no businesss winning," according to Mike Van Ryn. "It's an ugly win, but we'll take it." (Read more NHL stories.)

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