Game Recap

Panthers 3, Blackhawks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Harvey Wittenberg - Web Contributor

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Panthers 3, Blackhawks 1
Florida Panthers 3, Chicago Blackhawks 1
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Post-Game Comments: Denis Savard

Chicago had a season high 45 shots on goal, but Florida goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped all but one as the Panthers scored twice in the 2nd period to beat the Blackhawks 3-1 at the United Center Sunday.

Florida's Richard Zednik scored at 6:25 of ther middle period to break a 1-1 tie and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester added a power goal at 16:41 as Florida improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games while the Hawks have lost six of their last seven.

Chicago came out strong in the opening period and outshot Florida 22-4 in the frame, but the visitors scored first at 12:19. Rotislav Olesz was in the right spot when Bouwmeester's rebound shot hit off a Hawk defender and Olesz fired a 30-footer into the lower left corner of the net for his 5th goal of the year.

The Hawks kept firing away at Vokoun as he made big saves on Jonathan Toews three times and Robert Lang twice, along with shots by Brent Sopel and Dave Bolland.

Dave Bolland celebrates with teammates after scoring his first NHL goal. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Bolland finally solved Vokoun at 19:30 for his first NHL goal off a rebound in-close to tie the game.

Chicago went 0-6 on the power play and had a two-man advantage for 1:34 at the 15-minute mark as Vokoun was outstanding in stopping Toews, Kane and Lang during that stretch.

Head coach Denis Savard was happy with his team's effort but said his squad didn't get enough traffic in front and pucks to the net.

In the final period, Vokoun's best save came at the four-minute mark when he stopped Dustin Byflugien at point-blank range.

Hawks goalie Patrick Lalime made 20 saves in the game.

Toews led all players with eight shots on goal while Lange, Byfuglien and Brent Seabrook had five each.

The Hawks dominated the faceoff circle, winning 65%.

The Hawks take on Central Division rival Nashville at the United Center Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

AP Notes: The Panthers played only their second game of the season outside the Eastern time zone on Sunday. ... Florida C Brett McLean returned after missing 15 games with a broken right hand. ... Panthers LW Ville Peltonen missed the game with foot injury sustained in a 5-2 loss at Detroit on Saturday. ... Chicago C Jason Williams missed his eighth straight game and 11th in the last 13 with a groin injury. He is out indefinitely. RW Rene Bourque missed his 11th game with a broken thumb. ... Veteran Chicago LW Sergei Samsonov and D Andrei Zyusin were healthy scratches.

Panthers Quotes

Head coach Jacques Martin: "This is the game where you give it to your goaltender. I thought he stole the game. I thought after the first that we were better from the standpoint we shuffled the lines. I thought our guys were better as far as we got one power play goal; that was a big goal to get and a great play. Our second goal was a great play where we chipped the puck and we drove and McLean doesn’t get a point on that, but really, he goes to the net, fakes the defense, Zednik comes in the slot for the goal.

"It’s a game where I thought certain guys ... they outplayed us, but we made big saves and once we took the lead it’s a lot easier to play with. I think Zednik hadn’t scored in a while; Olesz I thought played a real strong game tonight. Stumpel gave us a strong game tonight. I think that different people actually came on. Once we got the lead, I thought the third period our best period as far as protecting the lead."

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun: "We took some penalties that get us in trouble. They came out hard … tonight we were lucky in a sense and we won the game. Some other night this game could be pretty quickly over and you can’t give up 22 shots no matter what. We have to be better at the start of the game. We have to find a way to play 60 minutes. We say the same stuff all the time. That’s always the desperation situation, 5-on-3. We try to do the best we can and obviously kill it off, and hopefully that’s a big momentum shift and we were able to kill it off. That was one of the deciding moments of the game. If they score, the game could go a different way."

Right wing Radek Dvorak: The last 40 minutes I think shows we played pretty good hockey. It wasn’t pretty; it was a good game for us. It was nice to bounce back from last night’s loss against Detroit. Now we have one day to rest and get ready for Montreal Tuesday.”

"For [Vokoun] to have 42 shots a game, that’s something to work on. We can’t give up 42 shots. He is one of the best goalies in the league but that’s just too much for him. We have to adjust that."

scoring summary
1st Period
Rostislav Olesz (5) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (6), Brett McLean (2)
1 - 0 FLA
Dave Bolland (1) ASST: Tuomo Ruutu (8), Brent Sopel (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Richard Zednik (9) ASST: Radek Dvorak (5), Steve Montador (5)
2 - 1 FLA
PPG - Jay Bouwmeester (4) ASST: Olli Jokinen (16), Bryan Allen (5)
3 - 1 FLA
3rd Period
penalty summary
1st Period
Branislav Mezei  Hooking against  Jonathan Toews
Martin Havlat  Diving against  Kamil Kreps
Kamil Kreps  Holding against  Martin Havlat
Brent Sopel  Tripping against  Steve Montador
Gregory Campbell  Tripping against  James Wisniewski
Jay Bouwmeester  Hi-sticking against  Jonathan Toews
2nd Period
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
Jim Vandermeer  Interference against  Richard Zednik
Brett McLean  Hooking against  Martin Havlat
3rd Period
Gregory Campbell  Interference on goalkeeper against  Patrick Lalime
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Stephen Weiss
Nathan Horton  Hi-sticking against  James Wisniewski
Patrick Kane  Hooking against  Rostislav Olesz
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 45TOI: 60:00
Saves: 44EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 13
SV%: .978SH: 3 - 3
Patrick Lalime
Patrick Lalime
SA: 24TOI: 59:15
Saves: 21EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1