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Tomas Vokoun Backs Up Anderson

Vokoun3 TERMINAL 3, FORT LAUDERDALE'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR HOLLYWOOD BUT POSSIBLY IN DANIA BEACH -- Didn't get this into my story last night, and since I have the day off today, thought I would share this: I spoke to Tomas Vokoun after the game yesterday, and the first thing I asked was how it felt to be back in there.

Vokoun, you might remember, was replaced in net after giving up three goals in the third period of a loss to Buffalo and sat the following four games.

''It's always tough when you don't play, especially at a time like this,'' he said. ''You want to play. Andy did a great job.''

Then he went on to praise his backup, saying ''hockey isn't fair.''

What do you mean Tomas?

''Andy didn't deserve to come out,'' Vokoun said, alluding to Florida's 3-1 loss to Atlanta on Friday. ''We didn't score any goals and we lost.''

That's pretty strong right there kids. And that sounds like a pretty good team player to me.

-- Pete DeBoer on Florida's playoff chances: ''Do I think if we win the next three games will we be in the playoffs? Yes I do.''

-- Also forgot to give props yesterday to Nathan Horton for somehow saving that puck to keep the Panthers in the Penguins zone right before David Booth scored to make it 3-1. That was a big-time hustle play by Nate.

-- Sunday's Games (and how they affected the Panthers): Florida beating the Pens was huge. H-U-G-E. Big games tomorrow.

-- Monday's Games (and who the Panthers would be rooting for if they weren't so busy ringing that Liberty Bell)

Red Wings @ Sabres, 7: Buffalo still has an outside chance to catching the Rangers/Panthers. So, Belle Tire!

Senators @ Canadiens, 7:30: Panthers root against Habs tonight, then root for them tomorrow. Tough back-to-back for the Habs.

-- The Standings (presented by the Camden Club at Camden Yards and Nacho Mama's on the Square; courtesy of TSN.ca)

Eastern

RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-Boston7851171011226018128-6-623-11-48-1-1Won 6
2y-Washington794823810426023429-9-319-14-56-2-2Won 1
3x-New Jersey794926410223720127-11-122-15-33-6-1Won 2
4Philadelphia784225119525522923-12-419-13-75-4-1Lost 1
5x-Carolina79442879522721825-13-119-15-68-1-1Won 8
6Pittsburgh79422899324923324-13-318-15-66-2-2Lost 2
7Montreal784127109224123324-8-717-19-35-3-2Won 3
8NY Rangers79403098920121324-11-416-19-55-4-1Lost 2
 
9Florida793929118922322321-12-718-17-45-4-1Won 1
10Buffalo78383198523522722-14-316-17-64-4-2Lost 1
11Ottawa783434107820722521-12-613-22-46-4-0Won 1
12Toronto793234137724028715-15-917-19-45-5-0Lost 2
13Atlanta79343967424727117-19-217-20-46-4-0Lost 1
14Tampa Bay792437186620226312-16-1112-21-71-5-4Lost 6
15NY Islanders78264396119625517-16-69-27-33-6-1Won 1
 

Western

RankTeamGPWLOTPTSGFGAHomeAwayLast 10Streak
1y-San Jose7952161111525219631-4-421-12-77-2-1Won 1
2y-Detroit785019910928623227-8-423-11-56-4-0Won 1
3x-Calgary78442869424423725-10-419-18-24-6-0Lost 1
4x-Chicago784324119725020823-9-720-15-46-2-2Won 3
5x-Vancouver794227109424021922-12-520-15-55-4-1Lost 3
6Columbus794029109021821825-12-315-17-74-2-4Lost 2
7Anaheim80413368823723019-18-322-15-38-2-0Lost 1
8Nashville79393288620321824-12-415-20-45-2-3Won 1
 
9St. Louis793831108622423122-13-516-18-56-2-2Lost 1
10Minnesota79373398320219221-11-716-22-25-4-1Lost 1
11Edmonton79373398322724117-16-620-17-34-6-0Won 1
12Dallas793534108022324820-16-515-18-52-6-2Won 1
13Los Angeles783235117520022517-15-815-20-33-6-1Won 1
14Phoenix79343877519824222-14-312-24-46-3-1Lost 1
15Colorado78324426619725118-20-014-24-22-7-1Won 1

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