|Edmonton's Kyle Brodziak keeps a keen eye on Florida's Craig Anderson during Thursday night's game at Rexall Place. (Photo by Andy Devlin/EOHC)|
Despite outshooting the visitors 41-16, the Oilers were shut out by Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson Thursday night. Stephen Weiss scored the game-winner in the second period and Radek Dvorak added an empty netter late in the third, while Edmonton's Mathieu Garon stopped 14 shots in the 2-0 loss.
Florida's Craig Anderson faced the game's first seven shots while Edmonton's Mathieu Garon had yet to see the puck by the midway point of the period.
A handful of excellent scoring opportunities for the Oilers and a few for the Panthers highlighted the rest of the frame, but neither club managed to break their goose-egg and the scoreless game extended into the second period.
630 CHED's Dan Tencer interviews Gilbert Brule during the first intermission.
Oilers sniper Ales Hemsky accelerated for a breakaway early in the middle frame, but Anderson blocked the shot with his chest to maintain the 0-0 game.
At the four-minute mark, Panthers winger Radek Dvorak took a tripping minor, and though the Oilers tallied two shots on the man-advantage, the game's opening goal remained elusive.
While Edmonton was unable to score on the powerplay, Florida found the back of the net on their first man-advantage. With Sheldon Souray serving a hooking penalty, Stephen Weiss teed up at the top of the face-off circle and fired past Garon to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead at 14:56.
With 17 seconds left in the period, the Panthers' Keith Ballard earned a tripping minor and the Oilers headed to the final frame up a man but down a goal.
Tencer talks with Andrew Cogliano after 40 minutes of play.
Edmonton had completed a second unsuccessful powerplay and posted their 30th unsuccessful attempt early in the third period when a Florida bench minor for too many men soon gave the club another crack at a powerplay equalizer. Despite tripling the Panthers' 13 shots, the home team continued to be stymied by Anderson and headed into the game's final five minutes without a goal.
The Oilers broke 40 shots with less than two minutes on the clock and iced six skaters for the final 90 seconds. But the Panthers capitalized on the open net and Dvorak lit the lamp for a final time to seal a 2-0 visitors' victory Thursday night.