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Weiss2 CALGARY -- The Panthers have done it again, winning their third straight and sixth in seven games. Friday night, the Cats beat the Flames 3-2, Stephen Weiss scoring in the shootout as Tomas Vokoun stopped all three shots he faced in the session.

Florida has now won the first three games on this road trip, and have won five straight on the road for the first time in franchise history. This is one of those that may not be so historic, since ties prevented past teams from accomplishing these kind of things. But hey, a record is a record.

Last time Florida won four straight on the road prior to this season: Last year at this time; 1997, '96 and '95.

-- Panthers pull into a tie with Buffalo for eighth in the East. From last in the NHL to Top Eight in the east, second in the division. Not too shabby.

-- Since the game went so late, my game story in tomorrow's edition of (Your) Miami Herald will be without quote. Not a one of 'em. So here's what I got after the game.

Says Pete DeBoer:

"It wasn't that long ago we were sitting at the bottom of the league. They've picked themselves up and it hasn't been easy with the injuries we've faced. It would have been easy at that point to pack the season in, lose three or four in a row and be totally out of it in December.

''Instead, they've kind of beaten the odds here. We've used different guys and they've clawed back into it. We have a long way to go. As I said a few games ago, we're not throwing any parades around here.''

-- Stephen Weiss now has three straight game-winning goals.

''Confidence is a nice thing,'' Weiss said. "When you are winning, you feel like you can do no wrong. When you're losing, it's the opposite. With the goaltending we're getting, we feel like we can compete with anyone.

"The way we're competing is keeping us in games. We're not giving anyone anything.

"It feels good to win games and I don't care if I'm getting the goals or not. It doesn't matter who. That's the most important thing. It's not a one-man show by any means. It's been a true team effort the past few weeks.''

Vokoun -- Weiss on putting one past Vokoun: "I felt bad for Tomas because that's a bad one to go in early. That's part of the game. I was backchecking hard, put my stick in the lane and it goes in. It happens. Yeah, it feels good to get it back.''

-- Kamil Kreps on getting his first of the season: ''It felt like 10 pounds fell off my back.'' He later amended that to 50 pounds.

-- Kreps on Tomas Vokoun (35 of 37 plus 3 in shootout): "Vokie played unbelievable for us. Our goalies have been great every night. That's why we've had the success these past few weeks.''

-- More from Pete DeBoer:

"Credit the guys in the room. It started with Tomas Vokoun tonight. He was outstanding for us, he's faced some adversity lately with Anderson playing so well. It's not an easy spot I stuck him in tonight. I thought he played great, I think the guys fed off it.

"I don't know [how it's happening] and I wish I had the answer. It's just good old fashioned hard work and team play. Everyone who has come up is giving everything they have. They've all bought into playing a team game and we've gotten some bounces. But I can't stress enough how hard they've worked.

"It's a great feeling. Again, credit the guys.

"I've been impressed with how much we've worked, how much character there is in this room.''

--

Here is my LIVE! coverage of Friday's game. Was working on deadline again, so it peters out at the end.

Keenan_2 CALGARY -- Hello and welcome to another edition of Florida Panthers LIVE!, yet another small part of Miami Herald Hockey Central.

We're in Calgary right now, although it feels kind of lonely in the Saddledome. Not a lot of people here, the awful winter conditions keeping many away I would assume. There's a lot of snow on the ground and it's blowing around every which way.

Bobdoug2 I still don't understand how it takes valet an hour to get a car, nor how no one here seems to know how to drive in the white stuff. If this was Atlanta, I would understand it better. But this is Calgary. Gots to think they're used to it.

-- News from the Panthers: Pete DeBoer says Craig Anderson will start Sunday in Vancouver, saying "he deserves it.'' PDeB also won't come out and call Andy the starter (although this will be start No. 8 out of 9 possibles) saying "we have two starters.'' I asked if we could go 1A-1B, and he left that up to me. Nice of him.

GAME ON -- GAME ON

Berternie2 -- Former Panthers Mike Keenan and Todd Bertuzzi were just honored by the 'dome PA guy. Iron Mike coached in his Toddbert 1,500th NHL game Wednesday in Detroit, and Bert got his 600th NHL point with an assist. Congrats to both.

-- Panthers are off to a much quicker start tonight, already banging out four shots against Miikka Kiprusoff. Flames have been in FLA zone a bunch already, but TVo really hasn't been challenged yet. We have a lot of hockey left to play. Check back early and often...

-- Panthers take the first penalty of the night, Michal Repik going into the box for holding at 8:56...

-- Florida kills off the penalty, now it's Calgary's turn to kill...Adam Pardy heads in at 11:35...TV timeout (for those in Calgary, ones with Center Ice and all my friends at Quarterdeck. Enjoy the game folks)...

-- Killed...

--Actually a very good crowd in here despite the messed up roads and awful conditions..

-- And they all loved seeing Rene Bourque's shot go off Stephen Weiss' stick and past Tomas Vokoun...hey it's Weiss' third goal in as many games! OK, not so much...

CALGARY GRABS THE LEAD, WEISS GETS STICK ON PUCK, KNOCKS PAST VOKOUN AT 16:07....CAL 1, FLA 0...

--Nasty Nick into the box for tripping at 17:34...

--AND IT'S KAMIL KREPS WITH THE STOLEN PUCK, THEN THE DEKE, THEN THE SHORTHANDED GOAL...IT'S TIED UP NOW...WITH 1:57 LEFT IN THE FIRST....FLA 1, CAL 1...FLAMES STILL ON POWER PLAY...

--For those scoring at home (good for you), that's Florida's second shorthanded goal of the season. Will bring back some snow to the first person to answer who had Florida's first this season.

-- And congrats to Kamil; that was a great play by him and brought him his first goal of the season. Still on the short list of goal-less Cats: Jassen Cullimore, Brett McLean, Tanner Glass (to be fair, this is his third game), Shawn Matthias (ninth game) and Nick Tarnasky.

AND THAT'S ONE COMPLETE IN CALGARY...WE'RE TIED, 1-1...STATS ON THE REBOUND...

--SOG: FLA 12-10; plus-1: Skrastins, Bo, Peltonen; minus-1: Weiss, Boynton, Frolik

-- Start of the second coming up next...

PANTHERS SCORE AGAIN, JAY BOUWMEESTER UNLEASHES LONG SHOT, LOOKS TO BE DEFLECTED BY SHAWN MATTHIAS...THEY ARE CREDITING BO, WE'LL SEE...ANYWHO: FLA 2, CAL 1...GOAL AT 1:45 OF THE SECOND...

RIGHT BACK COME THE FLAMES...BOURQUE GETING DOWN IN FRONT AND BEATS A GOALIE WHO WASN'T REALLY LOOKING THE RIGHT DIRECTION...TIED AT 2....

--Still tied up, Florida has done a nice job killing penalties tonight, and had another good shorthanded chance as they killed off a two-many-men penalty...FLA outshooting Flames 21-14 with 4:55 left here in the second...

--Football update: St. Thomas Aquinas will go for its second straight state title and its first 15-0 season next week, the Raiders the only Broward team left standing. In the Raiders way: old nemesis Lakeland. Miramar knocked out by Miami Northwestern. Heck of a year for the Patriots, their best ever.

-- Back to hockey, we're in the third and the Panthers are on the power play early on...high-sticking on Jarome Iginla...Panthers are 0-for-2 on the power play tonight...

-- Panthers back killing off penalties, Ville Peltonen in for tripping...nine minutes left, we're still tied at 2...

-- Florida kills off another penalty...Cats come into this one ranked 13th in the league on the penalty kill...Flames are 0-4 tonight with the advantage...playing a lot more in the Florida zone though, Panthers playing second straight after winning in Edmonton on Thursday. They don't look tired, but Calgary looks fresh...just saying...

-- We got 5:46 left here in regulation...Panthers would be very happy to go to overtime and get a solid road point. My editors don't care about solid road points. They want this one to be over so I can file...

--This could be it: Cullimore to the box with 4:56 left...we'll see...

-- Cats kill it off, Dvorak on breakaway shoots into the glass with 3 minutes left...

As you all know by now, the Panthers forced overtime, failed to score on a power play in overtime and went into the shootout. There, Tomas Vokoun made three nice saves (well, one went off the post) and Stephen Weiss won it. Panthers are trying to get to Vancouver now and good luck to them. Of course, good luck to me because I'm going to try and get out of this frozen Toyota Tundra tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in ladies and gentlemen, see you tomorrow.

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