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Hurme makes 28 saves, shuts down Flames

11/10/2002

MIAMI (AP) -- Florida Panthers coach Mike Keenan liked what he
saw in goalie Jani Hurme even before starter Roberto Luongo injured
his back.

Hurme continued to impress Saturday night, posting 28 saves in
the Panthers' 3-0 victory over the Calgary Flames.

Valeri Bure and Olli Jokinen each had a goal and an assist, and
Hurme recorded the Panthers' first shutout of the season.

"His preparation for each game is top notch and he knows how to
win games in this league,'' Keenan said of Hurme. "He is really
rising to the occasion here with this opportunity. Before Roberto
was hurt, he played an unbelievable game for us in Dallas. He's
just increased his confidence since that time.''

Hurme, obtained on Oct. 1 in a trade with Ottawa, made 42 saves
in a 3-2 overtime victory against the Stars on Oct. 30.

"I saw a lot of him in Ottawa actually, when I was working in
Canada in television,'' Keenan said. "I saw a lot of him up close
and his work ethic is incredible.''

Bure and Kristian Huselius each scored power-play goals in the
second period. Huselius has goals in three straight games.

Jokinen added an empty-net goal at 19:21.

The Flames, 3-1-1-1 in their last six games, have been shut out
in two straight games. Calgary lost 1-0 in overtime Thursday night
against the New York Rangers.

Hurme played his first home game with the Panthers, and said he
had to adjust to a lot of bounces in front of the net.

"It's a little bit warmer and the ice is a little bit softer,''
said Hurme, who represented Finland at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
"Everybody worked hard, and it's always nice to pay in these types
of games.''

Huselius' power-play goal at 1:11 of the second period gave the
Panthers a 1-0 lead. Huselius pushed a rebound into an open net to
snap Jamie McLennan's shutout streak against Florida at 153
minutes, 3 seconds.

Bure made it 2-0 at 14:09 of the second by taking a crossing
pass from Viktor Kozlov and flicking a wrist shot from the top of
the circle past McLennan. Sandis Ozolinsh and Kozlov assisted on
Bure's fifth goal of the season.

"I think he had a hard time because of the screen,'' said Bure,
who used Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr to obstruct McLennan. "I
tried to fire it between the defender's legs. I don't think
(McLennan) had a good look at it.''

"I thought we played pretty well,'' McLennan said. "We
battled. They got two power-play goals. What do you do? It's our
fifth game this week in five different cities. It could have gone
either way with a bounce here and a bounce there. It's not like
they blew us out.''

The Panthers went 2-for-5 in power-play chances, while the
Flames were 0-for-3 with the man advantage.

"They're a hard working hockey club,'' Flames coach Greg
Gilbert said. "We weren't willing to pay the price in the tough
areas, and do the dirty work to be successful. Especially with
shots in front of the net. We had nobody there for the rebound to
get the ugly goals.''

Game notes
Flames assistant coach Brian Skrudland, the Panthers' first
captain, became the initial inductee in the Panthers' new "Den of
Honor.'' ... Luongo hopes to play Monday, but might be held out a
few more days. ... Kozlov, who has missed eight games with
injuries, has two goals and added six assists in seven contests.
... Flames RW Jarome Iginla, who led the NHL in scoring last
season, has gone five games without a goal and has just one in 10
games.