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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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