Series (Game 1 of 1)

Florida leads 1-0

Game 1: Saturday, November 9th

Flames 0

(5-4-3, 16 pts)

Panthers 3

(6-6-2, 15 pts)

7:30 PM ET, November 9, 2002

BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida

1 2 3 T
CGY 0 0 00
FLA 0 2 13

J. Hurme (Panthers - G): Saves: 28, Save Pct.: 1.000

V. Kozlov (Panthers - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

K. Huselius (Panthers - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Hurme makes 28 saves, shuts down Flames

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

Jani Hurme

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.

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