Panthers 2, Canucks 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 09, 2012
Marcel Goc scored the tiebreaking goal midway throught he second period and the Florida Panthers beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday night. Goc also had an assist as the Panthers won for just the third time in nine games. Dmitry Kulikov scored the Panthers' first goal and Scott Clemmensen finished with 25 saves. Dale Weise scored for Vancouver and Roberto Luongo stopped 20 shots. The Canucks lost for just the fourth time in 12 games. With the scored tied 1-1 in the second, there was a scrum in front of the Vancouver net and Luongo ended up on his back during a flurry of shots. Goc was finally able to poke in the puck at 10:52. Kris Versteeg got an assist on the play to break a season-high four-game pointless streak. Wiese gave the Canucks a 1-0 lead at 3:11 of the first period. Manny Malhotra brought the puck down along the boards, then passed from the left circle to Weise, who put the puck into an open net on Clemmensen's glove side. The Panthers tied it at 5:00 of the second on Kulikov's goal. Goc took a shot from the right circle that was turned aside by Luongo. The puck bounced out to the left circle and Kulikov took a slap shot that beat Luongo on the short side. NOTES: Panthers rookie G Jacob Markstrom is getting a second opinion on the knee that he injured last Friday in a 5-2 loss to the Devils. The Panthers recalled Brian Foster from AHL San Antonio to back up Clemmensen on Monday night. ... Canucks D Sami Salo did not play due to concussion symptoms. Salo suffered a low hit from Boston forward Brad Marchand in last Saturday's game. Marchand has been suspended for five games for clipping. ... The Canucks recalled RW Mike Duco from Chicago of the AHL on Sunday. Duco, who played two games for the Panthers last season, made his Canucks debut on Monday.
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