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Craig Anderson makes 41 saves as Panthers shut out Oilers 2-0

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EDMONTON - Craig Anderson stopped 41 shots for his third shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers won their second in a row to start a five-game road trip, blanking the Edmonton Oilers 2-0 Thursday night.

Stephen Weiss and Radek Dvorak scored for Florida. Despite an injury-depleted lineup, the Panthers (13-12-3) are 6-1-2 in their last nine games.

Edmonton (13-12-2) saw a three-game winning streak come to an end and fell below .500 at home with a 3-4-2 record at Rexall Place.

The Oilers outshot the Panthers 41-16.

The scoreless first period was a reversal from most Edmonton starts this season, as they were able to get 13 shots on Anderson while Florida managed only four on Oilers goalie Mathieu Garon.

Edmonton had a good chance early in the second period as Ales Hemsky was sprung on a breakaway, but Anderson made a clutch save.

Florida finally broke the deadlock with five minutes to play in the second period on a power play, as Weiss blew a one-timer past Garon from the top of the face-off circle for a 1-0 Panthers lead.

The Oilers continued to press in the third but couldn't get one past Anderson. Dvorak added a late empty-netter to secure the victory for Florida.

The Panthers play the third game of their five-game road trip on Friday in Calgary. Edmonton remains home to host the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Notes: After playing much of the first quarter of the season on the road, the Oilers now have a home game-laden schedule for a while. The Oilers play six of their next nine and 18 of their next 23 at home Second year forward Sam Gagner was back in the Edmonton lineup after missing a pair of games with a concussion. The 19-year-old skated on a fourth line unit with Liam Reddox and Gilbert Brule The Panthers were pretty banged up for the contest but hope is on the horizon. Five injured players -David Booth (shoulder), Cory Stillman (post-concussion), Nathan Horton (laceration), Richard Zednik (elbow) and Cory Murphy (shoulder) all practised on Wednesday, but were still unable to suit up in Edmonton Jay Bouwmeester entered the game leading the Panthers with 16 points. He is the only defenceman in the league leading his team in scoring.

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