Vokoun, Panthers shut down Islanders

October 18, 2008 7:00:17 PM PDT
Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves in the Florida Panthers' 2-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday night.Nick Boynton and Cory Stillman scored for the Panthers, who won all four meetings between the teams last season. New York's Rick DiPietro shook off Boynton's goal just 24 seconds into the game and was effective in his first start of the season, making 34 saves.

DiPietro, the Islanders' No. 1 goalie, saw his first action of the season after dressing as the backup in New York's opening four games while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Vokoun bounced back after allowing five goals on 23 shots in a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday to record his 26th career NHL shutout.

Florida (2-2) outshot New York (2-3) 36-31. The Islanders have scored one goal or fewer in each of their three losses.

Boynton opened the scoring with a slap shot from the right circle that beat DiPietro after a drive shot by Keith Ballard deflected off the post.

Boynton, not known for his offense, has scored in back-to-back games after netting only scoring three goals in 79 games last season.

The Panthers were unable to take advantage of three power-play opportunities in the first period.

However, the Panthers were able to strike during a second-period advantage following a tripping penalty on Islanders defenseman Freddy Meyer. Cory Stillman passed the puck to Nathan Horton in the slot, who immediately passed it back to Stillman near the right circle. Stillman beat DiPietro with a wrist shot to the stick side to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

It was the second goal of the season for Stillman, who signed with Florida as a free agent during the offseason.

Trent Hunter, who leads the Islanders with four goals, had a scoring opportunity with five minutes remaining in the game, but Vokoun calmly corralled the wrist shot to preserve the shutout.