Panthers continue strong play at home

Published: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Florida's Olli Jokinen, left, congratulates Nathan Horton after Horton scored a goal against the St. Louis Blues in the second period Thursday. The Panthers won, 3-1.

The Associated Press
Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk scored in the first period and the Florida Panthers beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 Thursday night.
Nathan Horton also scored for the Panthers, who are 8-1-1 in their last 10 at home.
Rookie Kevin Dallman scored his first NHL goal for the Blues. St. Louis, which has the worst record in the league, has lost four straight and scored a total of two goals in its last three games.
Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, starting despite tendinitis in his right ankle, stopped 35 shots. Curtis Sanford made 30 saves for St. Louis.
After being outshot 9-1 in the first 10 minutes, the Panthers took a 1-0 lead with 5:01 left when Jokinen beat Sanford with a turnaround wrist shot from the faceoff circle.
Nieuwendyk made it 2-0 about two minutes later when he tipped in Jozef Stumpel's perfect pass across the crease.
Dallman closed the gap to 2-1 with a power-play goal with 9:14 remaining in the second when he skated in from the side of the net and banged in a loose puck.
Horton restored Florida's lead to two goals with a wrist shot from the slot in the second, snapping a personal 10-game scoreless streak.
ISLANDERS 3, FLAMES 2: Rick DiPietro made 28 saves in his return to goal for the New York Islanders to help Brad Shaw win his first game as an NHL head coach, 3-2 over visiting Calgary.
Mark Parrish scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 7:44 to play, and DiPietro made the lead stand to cap a hectic two days for the slumping Islanders.
With Calgary's Jordan Leopold off for hooking Arron Asham on a breakaway, Parrish beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a close-range backhander off Miroslav Satan's pass.
Shaw replaced the fired Steve Stirling before the game. The former NHL defenseman will direct the team for the rest of the season. He joined Stirling's staff this season after coaching Anaheim's Cincinnati affiliate in the AHL for three years.
Mike Milbury also is stepping aside as New York's general manager, but not until he and team owner Charles Wang hire a replacement. Milbury will become a vice president for Wang's sports properties. Milbury and Wang fired Stirling on Wednesday night.
COYOTES 2, SABRES 1, SO: Geoff Sanderson scored the only goal in the shootout to give visiting Phoenix a win over Buffalo.
Sanderson deked to his forehand and lifted the puck over Buffalo goalie Martin Biron to snap the Coyotes' four-game losing streak.
Jason Pominville shot wide on Buffalo's final attempt.
In overtime, Phoenix was able to kill off a rare two-man advantage, with goalie Brian Boucher making point blank stops on Thomas Vanek and Teppo Numminen to preserve the tie.
Oleg Saprykin scored in regulation for the Coyotes, and goalie Brian Boucher made 30 saves in his second consecutive start, and third in the last four games.
SHARKS 2, SENATORS 0: Evgeni Nabokov got his first shutout of the season and Patrick Marleau and Nils Ekman scored to help visiting San Jose extend its winning streak to five games with a victory over Ottawa.
Nabokov made 40 saves for his 27th career shutout, his first since March 31, 2004 when he set a franchise record with his ninth of the season.
Marleau beat Dominik Hasek on a breakaway in the second and Ekman finished off a 2-on-1 with Joe Thornton in the third, just moments after Nabokov gloved a rolling puck just in front of the goal line to keep San Jose ahead.
The Sharks won a season-high six straight from Dec. 2-16 and had another five-game winning streak from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4.
KINGS 6, BRUINS 0: Alexander Frolov scored the second hat trick of his career and Mathieu Garon stopped 30 shots to help visiting Los Angeles beat Boston.
Frolov's goals all came in the third period. The first on a wrist shot 44 seconds into the stanza. The next on a penalty shot and the third with 10:55 showing on the clock from a shot in the slot.
Garon bounced back from a 6-2 loss to Anaheim on Monday with the sixth shutout of his career and the second this season. He is 20-10-0 this season and 6-2-0 in his last eight starts.
Los Angeles is 2-6-3 in its last 11 visits to Boston. The Kings last win came March 30, 1999 2-1 in overtime.
RED WINGS 6, FLYERS 3: Henrik Zetterberg scored twice in the third period to lead host Detroit to a win over Philadelphia, the only scheduled meeting between two of the NHL's top teams.
Steve Yzerman assisted on the final goal, moving past Hall of Famer Gordie Howe for seventh place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,050th assist.
The game was scoreless until midway through the second period and after the third began 1-all, the Red Wings had five goals and the Flyers scored twice.
RANGERS: Mark Messier's No. 11 was raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters, joining those of former teammate Mike Richter, and earlier stars Eddie Giacomin and Rod Gilbert, who found their way to the Hockey Hall of Fame but never to Broadway's Canyon of Heroes.
"He brought something to New York that Rod and I have never brought to New York and that is winning the Stanley Cup," Giacomin said.

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