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by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
  While most of the Panthers spent Friday licking their wounds after their loss in Washington, several were at incredible ICE skating and working out.

One of them was (drum roll please)….
Goalie Tomas Vokoun.
Vokoun, who suffered a lacerated ear during Monday’s loss in Atlanta, skated and took shots from goalie coach Rob Tallas and, at one point, Gregory Campbell. Tallas shot a couple dozen pucks first low, then to Vokoun’s glove side, then blocker side.
“(The ear) feels fine,” said Vokoun, who wore a red, winter headband under his mask to protect the stitches in his ear. “I’m fine.”
Coach Peter DeBoer said Vokoun will be a game day decision for Saturday’s game against the Thrashers.
Others on the ice Friday along with Campbell and Vokoun were Jeff Taffe, Victor Oreskovich, Mike Duco and Scott Clemmensen.
The Thrashers come to BankAtlantic Center having lost 4-1 Thursday to the Islanders, but they’re still a hot team. They’re 7-2-2 since Ilya Kovalchuk returned from a broken foot, 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, 8-2-1 on the road and have recorded points in 10 of their last 12 games.
Oh, by the way…only Washington and Pittsburgh have scored more goals in the Eastern Conference than the Thrashers.
“We’ve got the star power in here from head to toe and from the goalie out. We definitely have a better team than we showed tonight.” Thrashers forward Chris Thorburn after Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Islanders. 
Craig Anderson, who was knocked out of Wednesday’s game against the Panthers in overtime, didn’t play Friday for the Avs and is listed as day-to-day with a neck injury.
The NHL announced Friday the 2010 NHL Entry Draft will be held in Los Angeles.
It was exactly 100 years ago tonight the Canadiens were founded by J. Ambrose O’Brien. A month later, they played their first game. The best gift for Canadiens fans tonight? The end of a four-game losing streak tonight against the Bruins. “It’s the 100-year anniversary, we’ll try not to let our fans down,” said Canadiens Maxim Lapierre.
Tim Ecclestone.
Song of the day: “Brightside of the Road,” by Van Morrison.
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