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Wednesday, October 20, 1999
PANTHERS 5, Canucks 2
Panthers still hot without Bure
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Although Pavel Bure was out of the lineup with an injury, the Florida Panthers didn't need to worry about their offence.
Five different players scored and Trevor Kidd stopped 36 shots as the fast-starting Panthers beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 Wednesday night.
"It was important that we showed that we could win without Pavel," said Florida defenceman Bret Hedican, who was part of the blockbuster trade with Vancouver that sent Bure to the Panthers last January.
"A win like this, without him in the lineup, is a feather in our cap. It shows that we have a solid team."
Bure missed what would have been his first showdown against his former team because of a groin injury that has kept him out of the lineup for three games.
Bure spent seven seasons in Vancouver until a contract dispute forced a trade last January.
The Panthers, who are off to 5-1-1 start and first place in the Southeast Division, featured a balanced attack. They scored a goal in each of the first two periods, then added three in the third.
"We have a coach (Terry Murray) who has a system, and if we follow that system, we're going to win a lot of games," Hedican said.
Kidd, whom the Panthers acquired in a trade from Atlanta in June, is off to his best start at 4-0-1 in helping Florida move to the top of the division.
"I don't think I've faced more than 25 shots in any game this year," Kidd said. "The defence has been real good for us. Those guys have really limited the other team's chances."
Canucks goalie Kevin Weekes, who was part of the Bure trade, had a tough night against his former team, allowing four goals.
"Kevin is continuing to develop as a goaltender, but tonight he showed some fatigue in the third period, and he has to keep battling," said Vancouver coach Mark Crawford.
Cam Stewart scored a goal and added an assist for the Panthers, and Oleg Kvasha, Rob Niedermayer and Viktor Kozlov also scored for Florida. Brad May and Peter Schaefer replied for Vancouver.
Florida led 1-0 on Svehla's goal at 12:59 of the first period. Stewart dug the puck out from behind the net and sent it to the front of the crease, and Svehla stuffed it past Weekes for his third goal.
The Panthers led 2-0 on Kvasha's first goal, which came on the power play. Svehla's blast from the right point missed, but Kvasha knocked in the rebound at 11:33 of the second period.
Florida stretched its lead to 3-0 on Niedermayer's goal 53 seconds into the third. Ray Whitney worked the puck from behind the net, and Niedermayer beat Weekes with a high shot.
Vancouver finally scored on Brad May's goal at 2:53 of the third period. Alexander Moligny fanned on a shot from the slot, but May moved in and fired the puck past Kidd.
Stewart gave Florida a 4-1 lead before Schaefer brought the Canucks within two goals again. Kozlov finished out the scoring with an empty-net goal in the final minute.
NHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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VANCOUVER 0 0 2 2
FLORIDA 1 1 3 5 FINAL
1ST PRD: FLA - ROBERT SVEHLA 3 (CAM STEWART, PAUL LAUS) 12:59
2ND PRD: FLA - (PP) OLEG KVASHA 1 (ROBERT SVEHLA, JAROSLAV SPACEK)
3RD PRD: FLA - ROB NIEDERMAYER 1 (RAY WHITNEY, MARK PARRISH) 0:53
VAN - BRAD MAY 1 (ALEXANDER MOGILNY, HARRY YORK) 2:53
FLA - CAM STEWART 1 (OLEG KVASHA, ROBERT SVEHLA) 14:07
VAN - PETER SCHAEFER 2 (CHRIS JOSEPH, DARBY HENDRICKSON)
FLA - (EN) VIKTOR KOZLOV 3 (RAY WHITNEY) 19:39
POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: VAN - 0 OF 2, FLA - 1 OF 2.
SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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VAN 8 17 13 38
FLA 10 12 15 37
GOALIES: VAN - KEVIN WEEKES
FLA - TREVOR KIDD
OFFICIALS: REF - TROTTIER
LIN - COLLINS, SEITZ