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2 Minutes For: Dvorak, Kulikov & Sens

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
     
  Good news Tuesday.

 
Radek Dvorak won’t need surgery and Dmitry Kulikov will remain with the Panthers.

Dvorak, who suffered a knee injury Saturday night in Philadelphia, will miss at least two weeks while he rehabilitates the knee. Coach Peter DeBoer said Dvorak suffered a "little bit of a tear."

“It’s a pretty common injury for hockey players…it heals on its own,” DeBoer added.

The Panthers also announced Tuesday that Kulikov will remain with the Panthers instead of being sent back to Drummondville of the QMJHL, the team he played for last season. Kulikov has played in nine games and the Panthers had to make a decision before game number 10 whether to send him back or keep him. Kulikov is tied for the team lead with three assists.

"He's here, he's excited, and now he doesn't have worry about whether he's staying or not. He can get a sense of permanency and continue on," said general manager Randy Sexton.

Sexton liked a lot what he saw in Kulikov's game, which made the decision easier.

"In no particular order, his ability to handle more than six or seven minutes of ice time. His ability and confidence on the power play, the way he sees the ice and moves the puck, his decisions to move the puck and his ability to makes plays under pressure. He's learned from his mistakes and not repeated his mistakes"
 
The Panthers watched video Tuesday morning at their incredible ICE practice facility before skating for approximately 75 minutes. The forward lines:
 
Steve Reinprecht, Cory Stillman, Nathan Horton
Steven Weiss, Michael Frolik, Rostislav Olesz
Dominic Moore, Gregory Campbell, Michal Repik
Kamil Kreps, Kenndal McArdle, Ville Koistinen
 
As they prepare for the 10th game of the season Wednesday against the Senators at BankAtlantic Center, DeBoer was asked what’s concerned and pleased this so far.
 
“The concern is the record, the fact we haven’t scored, although I temper that concern with the fact we’ve created, I think, a lot of quality chances but we haven’t finished,” he said. “The thing that pleases me is these guys care. It’s not like they’re coming to the rink not concerned. They want to get better. They want to look at tape, want to look at video, and see what’s wrong and fix it. That’s a good sign from the coaching staff moving forward.”
 
 
The Panthers 2-6-1 attempt to return to the win column Wednesday against the Senators, 5-2-2, a point out of first place in the Northeast Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. One of the few areas the Senators haven’t been strong has been the power play, where they’re only 4-for-35 on the season. Coach Cory Clouston spent an hour working on the power play during Monday’s practice, and had Daniel Alfredsson working from the point.
 
Tomas Vokoun will be in goal for the Panthers. Pascal Laclaire for the Sens.

AND THE WINNER IS…
 
After winning a couple fights Saturday at home against the Bruins, Senators tough guys Chris Neil and Matt Carkner celebrated their pugilistic scores by throwing their hands up in the air on their way to the penalty box, much to the delight of their fans. Some have accused them of showboating, but Neil and coach Cory Clouston don’t see it that way.
 
Clouston told the Ottawa Citizen he believes there’s a time and place for sparking a croud. Neil said; “We want to hear our building loud and we want them to enjoy what they get, the entertainment value.”

PASSING THOUGHTS
 
The Maple Leafs shook the duck Monday evening, beating Anaheim 6-3 on five power play goals for their first victory of the season. It was the Ducks fourth consecutive loss.
 
Thrasher Ilya Kovachuk is out three-to-five weeks with a broken foot. The Panthers have their first meeting Nov. 30 with the Thrashers in Atlanta.
 
Finally, owner Jerry Moyes has agreed on a deal to sell his Coyotes to the NHL. And according to the league’s deputy commissioner Bill Daly, “There are people who have expressed interest in the club,” and keeping it in Phoenix.

QUOTES OF THE DAY
 
“We’ve got higher expectations in here than what everyone else has for us.” Senators defenseman Chris Phillips in the Ottawa Sun.
 
“It was big, there’s no denying that.” Maple Leafs Niklas Hagman on Monday’s victory.
 
Norm Maciver
 
Song of the day: ‘Run,’ by Willie Nile
 
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