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Cats Blank Thrashers In Season Opener

Wednesday, 10.05.2005 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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