Boynton tallies, Vokoun solid as Panthers top Islanders

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SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) -- Rick DiPietro's return did nothing

to help spark the New York Islanders.

Defenseman Nick Boynton scored for the second time in as many

games and Tomas Vokoun stopped 31 shots to record his first

shutout of the season as the Florida Panthers notched a 2-0

victory over the Islanders on Saturday.

Cory Stillman also tallied for Florida, which rebounded from an

embarrassing 6-2 loss to a shorthanded Minnesota team on

Thursday. Vokoun stopped 12 shots in both the first and second

periods and seven in the third for his 26th career blanking.

It was a 180-degree turn for Vokoun, who was pulled after two

periods on Thursday.

"It was a good performance, especially after that game (against

Minnesota) the other night," Vokoun said. "I wasn't satisfied

with that result and came out tonight better focused."

"It was nice to follow up with probably what was our worst

effort of the year with maybe our best," Florida coach Peter

DeBoer said. "It was really important (to bounce back). The

guys responded in the right way."

While Vokoun was on his game, DiPietro was rusty in his first

start of the season. The franchise goaltender sat on the bench

the first four games while recovering from offseason knee and

hip surgeries.

Joey MacDonald went 2-2-0 with a 3.50 goals-against average in

his place.

"It's tough to take much positive out of it," DiPietro said. "I

played decent, and there are things I can build on. It was good

to be in there and seeing live action again."

DiPietro made some solid saves, including a stop on Radek Dvorak

on a breakaway in the second period, but overall did not play

like the netminder who received a record 15-year, $67.5 million

contract in 2006.

Still, his return did not energize the Islanders, who have

scored one goal or less in each of their three losses.

"He played well enough for us to win," New York's Doug Weight

said. "The onus is on us in this room to get that

accountability going."

"Right now, we're too one-dimensional," Islanders first-year

coach Scott Gordon said. "You can't point to anything going

well. We haven't had a lot of consistency."

Florida, which swept the season series in 2007-08, needed only

24 seconds to get the first meeting of this campaign off to a

positive start. Boynton grabbed a rebound near the top of the

right faceoff circle and blasted a shot into the far corner of

the net for the early advantage.

The 27-year-old DiPietro made several nice saves to keep the

deficit at one, but Stillman scored a power-play goal at 8:58 of

the second to double the advantage.

Nathan Horton took a pass in the slot and sent the puck to

Stillman, who ripped a wrister from the bottom of the left

circle past DiPietro and into the top left corner.

"Everyone contributed," Stillman said. "That's the way we have

to play night in and night out."

Stillman almost came through with his second goal three minutes

into the third, but DiPietro robbed him with an outstretched

glove save on a shot from point-blank range.

DiPietro stopped 34 shots for New York, which went 0-for-2 on

the power play. Meanwhile, Florida was 1-for-6 with the man


"Their goalie made some big saves out there tonight," DeBoer

said. "He kept them in the game."


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