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)

(Newser) – 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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