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Cats Blank Thrashers In Season Opener

Wednesday, 10.5.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Blank Thrashers In Season Opener

Luongo Makes 34 Saves and Captures 24th Career Shutout

SUNRISE, FL – Roberto Luongo made 34 saves for his 24th career shutout, and Nathan Horton and Lukas Krajicek scored in the third period to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-0 season-opening victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night.

Luongo, who had seven shutouts and a league-record 2,303 saves during the NHL's pre-lockout season of 2003-04, made 10 stops during a 5-minute shorthanded stretch of the third period, holding up a 1-0 lead.

Horton -- the third overall pick in the 2003 draft -- intercepted Mike Dunham's clearing pass along the right wing boards, then sent a quick shot deflecting off the Thrashers goalie and into the net to break a scoreless tie 1:08 into the third.

But the Panthers quickly gave Atlanta a great opportunity to tie the game; defenseman Branislav Mezei drew a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding with 15:26 left, and Sean Hill was sent off for hooking 15 seconds later to give the Thrashers a two-man advantage.

Didn't matter. Luongo made six saves, including stoning Marian Hossa and Vyacheslav Kozlov, during the 5-on-3, and then stopped four more while the Panthers killed off the rest of Mezei's penalty. And with 3:34 left, Krajicek took a cross-ice pass from Kristian Huselius and sent a wrist shot past Dunham for a power-play goal.

Hockey's new scoring friendly rules -- including bigger offensive zones and allowing two-line breakout passes over the center line -- were in effect. But for most of the night, the changes didn't matter. The teams were scoreless for the first 41 minutes, combining for only 34 shots and few quality scoring chances through the first two periods.

Kari Lehtonen started in goal for Atlanta and stopped six shots. He was replaced to start the second period by Dunham because of a sore groin, but it was unclear when he was injured.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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