February 23, 2008 |
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Nearly two weeks after it occurred, the Richard Zednik throat-slashing incident is a fading memory for most of the Florida Panthers. But teammate Olli Jokinen, whose skate accidentally cut Zednik, admitted yesterday that he is having a harder time getting past it. "It's been tough for me," the center said. After Jokinen's right skate kicked up and sliced through Zednik's neck in that game in Buffalo on Feb. 10, he was adamant that the game should have been stopped and finished another night.
February 5, 2004 |
Olli Jokinen wouldn't allow the Florida Panthers to lose. Jokinen helped kill an overtime penalty, then scored his second power-play goal with 1 minute, 38 seconds left in overtime to give the visiting Panthers a 5-4, comeback victory over Phoenix last night. Florida's Juraj Kolnik and Mike Van Ryn tied it with goals 28 seconds apart in the final 1:47, just after Paul Mara and Daymond Langkow scored 2:14 apart to give the Coyotes a 4-2 lead. "We didn't want to lose this game," said Jokinen, who assisted on Kolnik's goal.
February 19, 2003 |
Even Vancouver coach Marc Crawford thought the Canucks' unbeaten streak was coming to an end. But Marek Malik scored with 1:58 left in overtime as visiting Vancouver overcame a three-goal deficit and beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, last night, stretching its unbeaten streak to 10 games. Vancouver came back after being down, 3-0, in the third period, snapping Detroit's three-game winning streak. "Down, 3-0, I thought it was over, to be honest," Crawford said. Malik's winner came off a pass from Brendan Morrison on a two-on-one break.
January 11, 2007 |
Olli Jokinen scored three goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-2, in Sunrise, Fla. last night. It was Jokinen's third career hat trick and his second this season. Jozef Stumpel and Martin Gelinas each had a goal and two assists for Florida. "It's always nice to score goals, but it goes hand-in-hand with your top players being at their best and giving your team a chance to win," Jokinen said. Evgeni Malkin and Colby Armstrong scored for Pittsburgh, which has lost three in a row after winning three straight.
January 5, 2002 |
Minnesota's power-play unit continues to be the team's unlikely savior. Andrew Brunette and Lubomir Sekeras scored power-play goals during a 5-minute span in the first period, leading the Wild to a 2-1 victory over visiting Nashville last night. Manny Fernandez made 19 saves for Minnesota, which entered the game 0-for-30 on the power play against Nashville. The Wild had the NHL's worst special-teams unit last season. "We're just bulldozing along on the power play," Brunette said.
March 3, 2004 |
The New York Rangers traded right wing Alex Kovalev to the Montreal Canadiens last night for forward prospect Josef Balej and a second-round pick in this year's draft. A week before the NHL's March 9 trade deadline, the Rangers began the dismantling of the team that is all but eliminated from the playoff race for a seventh straight season. General manager Glen Sather announced last week when he gave up his coaching duties that changes were about to take place and he started with Kovalev.
November 3, 2006 |
The end of the Buffalo Sabres' winning streak didn't seem to cool them off at all. Buffalo rallied from a three-goal, third-period deficit and beat host Boston, 5-4, in a shootout last night, with Ales Kotalik scored the tying goal with 95 seconds left in regulation and then converting the last shot in the shootout. "I still can't believe it happened. I guess that's what we're capable of," said goalie Ryan Miller, who stopped 30 shots and then two out of three in the shootout.
November 8, 2003 |
The Florida Panthers finally won at home. Valeri Bure scored two goals to help the Panthers snap a five-game home winless streak with a 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh last night. It was the Panthers' first home win since Oct. 9. Stephen Weiss, Niklas Hagman, Mike Van Ryn and Olli Jokinen also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 18 saves for the Panthers. "There was a lot of pressure on the team with the distraction of home-ice advantage or disadvantage," Panthers coach Mike Keenan said.
December 13, 2003 |
The Florida Panthers had problems holding leads during their six-game winless streak. A rally ended the skid. Viktor Kozlov, Matt Cullen and Juraj Kolnik scored third-period goals to help the Panthers beat visiting Montreal last night, 4-2 for their first victory since Nov. 24. Olli Jokinen also scored for the Panthers, 0-2-3-1 during their skid. The Panthers blew leads in four of those games, including three advantages of two goals or more. "I think we've really improved as a team," Cullen said.