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NHL Game Summary - Florida at Vancouver



(Tuesday, November 19th)

Final Score: Florida 3, Vancouver 2 (SO)

Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Jonathan Huberdeau scored the lone goal in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped all three attempts in the tiebreaker to give the Florida Panthers an extremely rare 3-2 road victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

Thomas and Roberto Luongo squared off between the pipes in the shootout, just as they had in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals when Thomas led the Bruins past the Canucks for the title.

This time, Thomas denied Mike Santorelli, Alexandre Burrows and Chris Higgins in the shootout to secure the Panthers' first win in Vancouver since Mar. 7, 1994 -- the franchise's first season in existence.

Thomas finished with 27 saves while Brad Boyes and Shawn Matthias scored in regulation for the Panthers, who have won three of their last four.

"The guys played hard and really felt like what it was like to play 60 minutes," Panthers head coach Pete Horachek said.

Luongo put together a solid showing with 34 saves, but it was not enough to end Vancouver's losing streak, which at five games (0-3-2) is the club's longest since an 0-5-3 skid from Jan. 9-31, 2009.

"I just don't know what we're thinking as far as how we start a game," Canucks head coach John Tortorella said. "I can't explain it."

Higgins and Jannik Hansen netted regulation goals for the Canucks, though the former hit the post on the final shootout attempt.

The Canucks came in with the No. 1 penalty-killing unit and showed why in overtime when they neutralized Florida's chance with Higgins in the box for hooking.

Vancouver had the puck in the offensive zone for the final minute of the extra session but couldn't get one past Thomas.

Facing his first test in the shootout, Luongo was too slow with a poke check on Huberdeau's deke, which proved to be the difference.

Hansen was sent off for interference 2:16 into the game, and Boyes beat a sprawled-out Luongo on the ensuing power play.

Vancouver applied pressure early in the second and found the equalizer when a bouncing puck landed between a slew a bodies in front of Thomas, who couldn't see Higgins snap in a shot at the 3:26 mark.

Hansen cashed in on a poor Panthers turnover 2:45 into the third period to put the Canucks ahead, but the Panthers tied it six minutes later. Nick Bjugstad caught the defense on its heels along the boards and fed a pass to the high slot for Matthias, who one-timed it home with 11:26 remaining.

Game Notes

The Panthers were 0-5-1 with five ties in their previous 11 games in Vancouver ... Florida is 3-3-0 since interim head coach Peter Horachek replaced a fired Kevin Dineen on Nov. 8 ... Boyes has scored goals in three of his last four games ... Thomas improved to 4-1-0 in five regular season meetings against the Canucks.

11/20 02:34:45 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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