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Panthers Wrap-Up: Ducks 2, Panthers 0

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Ducks 1 0 1 0 2

ANA - T. Selanne (20), EN - N. Hagman (9)
SUNRISE, Fla (AP) - Teemu Selanne scored in the first period and Jonas Hiller made 31 saves in the Anaheim Ducks' 2-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Sunday night.

Niklas Hagman added an empty-net goal with 14.3 seconds left and the Ducks earned at least a point for the ninth consecutive game.

"We need to find ways to score. We're not creating enough on offense to get us two points at the end of the night. We got off to a slow start and that has been an issue lately and is something we need to correct."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen
1. Sudden Jolt: Scoreless about midway through the first period and still looking like the game needed a charge, Florida's Krys Barch and Anaheim's George Parros provided that jolt as the two dropped the gloves 11:39 into the opening 20 minutes. It was a spirited affair between the two and it got the Ducks, in particular, going. Anaheim, in fact, scored on the very next shift as Saku Koivu sent the puck to Bobby Ryan. The forward put a shot on net and Jose Theodore and the netminder made the original save. He couldn't stop forward Teemu Selanne from scoring however as the Finnish Flash put the puck top shelf for the game's first goal 12:13 into the period.

2. Power Outage: While the game had a flow to it in terms of limited penalties and whistles, the teams did get their chances on the power play. Florida finished with eight minutes of power play time while Anaheim had four minutes. Each had a power play chance before the game was eight minutes old. The Panthers then really had a golden opportunity to tie the game as Lubomir Visnovsky was sent off for four minutes for high-sticking Tomas Fleischmann. After posting four shots on net in their first power play of the night, the Panthers looked like they missed one of their best playmakers (Fleischmann was getting stitched in the locker room) as the power play units went totally out in not recording a shot on net over the four minute span. Both units had trouble getting set up in the Ducks zone. Both Florida and Anaheim finished with five shots on net while on the man advantage.

3. A Goaltending Duel: It doesn't happen enough or a lot but Thedore and the Ducks Jonas Hiller made the game a goaltending duel as both netminders took turns making big saves in keeping the offenses off the board. One of the game's biggest saves came actually with no score as Saku Koivu found himself all alone in front of the net. The puck came to him and Theodore got just enough of the puck with his stick for it to hit the post before covering up on the play after diving back 5:34 in. Theodore finished with 25 saves on the night but took the loss as Hiller was one better in stopping all 31 Panthers shots. Florida threw up double digit shots in each period but could not find an answer to Hiller. Former Panther Niklas Hagman ice the game with an empty net goal with 14.3 seconds left on the clock.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@hlamp: Dale Tallon, #flapanthers need help. I hope you have some magic in your bag of tricks. The fans are nervous

@TonyRezzonico: What a pathetic homestand. 0-3 with 3 total goals scored. Just pathetic. #flapanthers

@parrothead34: Not much reason for the #FlaPanthers to feel good about tonight, but Jose keeps these games closer than they should be. #InExcelsisTheo

@grueknowwho: Theo tried his best to get the win, but no one wanted to help him #FlaPanthers

@mtodd90: No one can finish on offense. Yes we had a lot of shots but no sustained offensive pressure. Lots of floaters on net. #FlaPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Diego Fernando Robles: I love the panthers no matter where they are on the table :). Let's go cats!

Francisco Oporta: I'm pretty sure the Ducks aren't unhappy they got outshot. Cause you know they made 2 of them go in that net thingy. Theo btw deserves much more than what his teammates are giving him which is nothing.

Ryan Waton: ‎...this year, if we dont make it to the playoffs, it will be particularly painful. A collapse is much more painful, than a useless late-year surge

Shannon Lesovoy: Theodore keeps playing great! We just need more goals and less injuries!

Daniel Landon Chiarelli: The Panthers really need to step it up down the stretch, I have been saying this for weeks, they need some explosive, goal-scorers to boost the offense. You cannot win with 0 goals!

1. Chalk up another Panthers debut this season. Called up on Saturday, Nolan Yonkman made his Florida debut against Anaheim. Signed on the first day of free agency and introduced at a big press conference with all of the other summer moves, the 30-year old had played in 66 NHL games prior to making his Cats debut.

3. Not a good home stand for the Panthers as they have now lost all three games. It's the first time the Panthers have failed to pick up a point in three straight games. The offense hasn't helped as they have registered just three goals over that span.

5. Unable to solve Jonas Hiller, it was the fifth time the Panthers have been shut out this season. It was the second time it has happened in the month of February with the other one coming on February 7th at Washington.

17. Getting the game's first (and pretty much only) goal, Teemu Selanne netted his 20th goal of the season. That marks 17 times in his career that the Finnish Flash has hit the mark. Selanne has been excellent over his great career. In fact, he's failed to score 20 goals just twice over his 19 years in the league.

613. Stephen Weiss moved one step closer to gaining another Panthers record. Playing in his 613th game as a Cat, the alternate captain tied long-time Panther forward Radek Dvorak for most games with the franchise.

Jonas Hiller
Made Selanne's first period goal stand up as he stopped everything thrown at him.

31 Shots, 31 Saves, 1.000 SV%
Florida will have three days off before finishing up their four-game homestand Thursday against the Minnesota Wild. The Wild, who will also have three games off in between games, beat Boston earlier Sunday 2-0 to end a seven-game losing streak (0-5-2). The Wild are led offensively by Dany Heatley (42 points in 59 games), Mikko Koivu (37 points in 45 games) and former Panther Matt Cullen (30 points in 58 games). In goal, both Niklas Backstrom (37 games played) and Josh Harding (24 games played) have seen a lot of action with Backstrom sporting a 15-15-6 record and a 2.31 goals against average and .924 save percentage and Harding holding a 9-9-3 record with a 2.51 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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