Newsmakers in the NHL: Panthers Crush Hurricanes, Vokoun Stops 42 Shots

Panthers 5, Hurricanes 0: With the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference on the line the Florida Panthers went into Carolina and pulled out a 5-0 win. The Hurricanes actually held a commanding edge in the shots department, firing 42 shots at Tomas Vokoun, who stopped them all to pick up his fourth shutout of the season.

Florida managed only 23 shots on goal, but was able to get four behind Cam Ward and another past Michael Leighton. The Panthers now hold a three-point edge over Carolina for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Senators 5, Flyers 2: It seems John Paddock motivated the Senators more this week than he did when he was actually the coach in Ottawa. After Paddock told the Camden Courier that the players on the Senators weren't very good, they responded with a 5-2 win in Philadelphia. Dany Heatley scored a pair of goals while Brian Elliot stopped 34-of-36 shots in net.

Red Wings 4, Wild 2: Detroit scored three goals in the second period Thursday night on its way to a 4-2 win over Minnesota. The Wings have now won six in a row, while Mikael Samuelsson, Kris Draper, Jiri Hudler and Ville Leino all scored goals.

Lightning 6, Maple Leafs 4:Martin St. Louis had four points in the first period as Tampa Bay picked up a 6-4 win against Toronto. Ryan Malone added a pair of goals while Steven Stamkos scored his seventh of the season.

Predators 4, Blues 3:Jason Arnott's goal with three seconds to play in regulation sent the Nashville-St. Louis game to overtime, as the Predators won it, 4-3, in a shootout. Nashville erased a 3-1 third period deficit thanks to goals from Arnott and Kevin Klein, while Steve Sullivan scored the game-winner in the second round of the shootout.

Canucks 4, Coyotes 3: Vancouver rallied with three third period goals to pick up a 4-3 win in Phoenix. Henrik Sedin scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 10:47 mark of the third period, helping lead the Canucks to their fourth straight win.

Flames 2, Kings 0:Miika Kiprusoff had a busy night in goal for the Flames, turning aside all 36 shots he faced to help lead the Flames to a 2-0 win against the Kings. Michael Cammalleri scored the game-winner against his former team midway through the first period, while Rene Bourque added an empty net goal late in the third period.

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