ANAHEIM CA - DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Mike Santorelli #13 of the Florida Panthers shoots the puck as Toni Lydman #32 goaltender Jonas Hiller #1 and Lubomir Visnovsky #17 of the Anaheim Ducks defend the net during the third period at the Honda Center on December 1 2010 in Anaheim California. The Ducks defeated the Panthers 5-3. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Florida has lost two straight at home, but still lead the Washington Capitals by two points for the Southeast Division lead. The Anaheim Ducks visit tonight for their first matchup in over a year.
These teams haven't played since December 1st, 2010. The Ducks beat the Panthers in Anaheim, 5-3. George Parros (2, 3), Ryan Getzlaf (8), Corey Perry (12) and Bobby Ryan (13) scored for Anaheim. Steve Bernier (2, 3) scored two power play goals and Mike Santorelli (7) added a backhander in the second for the Panthers. Jonas Hiller stopped 29 of 32 shots for the victory, while Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 28 shots. Parros, normally an enforcer, spoke later about his two goals on the evening,
"I was feeling really good," Parros said after being named the game's First Star. "It seemed like the pucks were coming to me tonight."
Florida is coming off a 2-1 loss to the Capitals on Friday night. Tomas Fleischmann (19) scored in the first for Florida, and Jose Theodore stopped all 30 shots through the first two periods. Florida couldn't net another goal and allowed the Capitals scored twice in the third to win. Alex Ovechkin (24) and Alexander Semin (16) scored for the Caps. Tomas Vokoun stopped 22 of 23 shots for the victory, and over three games versus the Panthers has allowed only one goal on 85 shots, a .988 save percentage. After the game, Brian Campbell talked about the effort by Jose Theodore,
"He was great all game for us," Florida defenseman Brian Campbell said. "He's been great all season. He was always there for us. We would have liked to have gotten him a couple more to help him out there."
Corey Perry (29) and Sheldon Brookbank (1) scored for Anaheim in the Ducks shootout loss to the Devils on Friday. Adam Henrique (15) and Alexei Ponikarovsky (10) lit the lamp for New Jersey. Patrik Elias netted the game winner in the shootout. Jonas Hiller stopped 25 of 27 shots, while Martin Brodeur allowed two goals on 38 shots in the 3-2 Devils victory. Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau spoke about Anaheim's late season resurgence,
"There's been no quit in this team since the beginning of January," Boudreau said. "They just keep battling. There are a lot of guys with star power and there's an awful lot of no-names who are working their tail off and doing a heck of a job."
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