Panthers goalkeeper gets victory No. 100
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
SUNRISE - Roberto Luongo's personal milestone only made the Florida Panthers' latest victory that much better.
Luongo and his teammates just wanted a win.
The Panthers goalie earned his 100th NHL victory and third shutout of the season by making 22 saves in a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
"It (100th win) is nice to get but the two points are much more encouraging," Luongo said. "It's a huge game for us."
Luongo improved to 20-20-8 and posted his first shutout since notching back-to-back blankings in the first two games of the season.
Martin Gelinas, Chris Gratton, Olli Jokinen, and Jozef Stumpel all scored against New Jersey's Martin Brodeur, who earlier in the day agreed to a six-year contract extension that will pay him $31.2 million.
The Devils were shut out for the second straight night in Florida. New Jersey lost 1-0 at Tampa Bay in overtime on Thursday and hasn't scored since the second period of a 4-0 win Tuesday at the New York Islanders.
"When you don't score a goal in two games it's disappointing," Devils coach Lou Lamoriello said. "We just weren't sharp, it's as simple as that."
It was Brodeur's first loss to the Panthers this season in four games and snapped his 13-game unbeaten streak at Florida. Brodeur stopped 36 shots.
"You can't really see it coming," Brodeur said. "I thought we'd be able to bounce back. We had our chances. We'll move on from this and learn we can't just play hockey, we have to play good hockey."
Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz deflected the puck into his own net with 6:33 remaining to give host Columbus the victory and end the Wild's franchise-best, five-game winning streak.
Sergei Fedorov was credited with the goal on Schultz's miscue that capped Columbus' three-goal rally in the third period.
Ron Hainsey, Bryan Berard and Rick Nash also scored for the Blue Jackets, who have won seven of 10 and six straight at home against the Wild.
The team announced it will officially change its name to the Anaheim Ducks at the start of the 2006-07 season. The NHL team also said it is evaluating possible changes to its logo and uniforms.
"The process is still very much underway, and we do not expect to be ready to make any further announcements until the end of the season," owner Henry Samueli said in a statement issued by the team.
Forward Jeff Hoggan will be out six to eight weeks with a broken right collarbone, the team said.
Hoggan, who was injured Thursday against the Phoenix Coyotes, was placed on injured reserve. The Blues also assigned Trent Whitfield to Peoria, Ill., of the AHL.
Center Matt Cullen will miss two to four weeks after breaking his jaw in Thursday's win against Atlanta.
Cullen was unable to fly back with the team Thursday night, returning to Raleigh on Friday to have his jaw immobilized, said Jim Rutherford, team president and general manager.
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