Jokinen scored early in the third period to lift the Panthers
into a 1-1 tie with the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
"An even score was pretty much the right score tonight,"
Jokinen said. "Both goalies were so good. That's why the score was
Florida goalie Roberto Luongo made 32 saves. Andrew Raycroft,
making his first start of the season for the Bruins, stopped 34
shots. Raycroft replaced Felix Potvin at the start of the third
period in Fridays 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay.
"I feel good out there," Raycroft said. "I feel confident. I
was able to make a few saves early. That always gets you into it."
Sergei Samsonov scored for the Bruins, who failed to win at
least one of their first three games (0-2-1) for the first time
since 1999-00 when Boston didn't get its first win until its 10th
"We're trying to focus on the details that are going to help us
win," first-year Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "We're making
The Panthers had a power play in overtime after Boston
defenseman Hal Gill was called for hooking at 2:38. But Jokinen
wiped out the man advantage 27 seconds later when he was penalized
As a result, the teams played 1:33 of three-of-three in overtime
before Boston had a power play for the last 22 seconds.
"It's scary," Raycroft said. "You know if one guy gets beat,
it's a three-on-two or even a three-on-one. I told myself I might
have to face a two-on-one or a three-on-one. But (Luongo) had to
worry about the same thing down there."
Jokinen tied the score at 3:17 of the third period when he took
a drop pass from Viktor Kozlov at the top of the left circle and
beat Raycroft with a slap shot to the glove side.
Luongo kept the score tied when he stopped P.J. Axelsson from
close range on a two-on-one.
The Panthers also had opportunities to take the lead in the
third period, the best coming when Raycroft stopped Kozlov's
one-timer from the side of the net during a Florida power play.
"That's great for the NHL," Florida coach Mike Keenan said of
the many scoring chances. That's great hockey. It was
action-packed, and the goaltending was spectacular at both ends. We
want to see more goals, but it wasn't for lack of chances, it was
just great goaltending."
Samsonov scored his first goal of the season 32 seconds into the
second period when he tipped in Joe Thornton's pass from the boards
at the top of the right circle.
"I think the guys are excited," Luongo said of the Panthers'
1-0-1 start. "I think we could have gotten two points today, but
their goalie made some great saves. So far I think we are pretty
satisfied with our efforts."
The Panthers missed a chance to win their first two home
games for the first time since 1999. ... Florida RW Valeri Bure sat
out the game after aggravating a groin injury in Thursdays victory
over Carolina. ... Bruins LW Michal Grosek and center P.J. Stock
each made their season debut after being healthy scratches in
Bostons first two games. ... Kozlov's assist helped him tie Rob
Niedermayer for third on Florida's career points list with 266.
They trail Scott Mellanby (354) and Robert Svehla (290).
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Arena: BB&T Center Location: Sunrise, Florida
Referees: Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh Linesmen: Brian Mach, Stephane Provost
Attendance: 13,168 (68.4% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Sergei Samsonov (1)
Assists: Joe Thornton, Glen Murray
Olli Jokinen (1)
Assists: Viktor Kozlov, Niklas Hagman