The Florida Panthers were excited to break out of their slump with a victory against an elite team.
Marcel Goc scored the tiebreaking goal midway throught he second period and the Panthers beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Monday night.
After a scrum in front of the Vancouver net, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo ended up on his back during the flurry of shots and Goc was able to poke in the puck with 9:08 left in the period.
''It wasn't a pretty one. It wasn't anything fancy, but it worked,'' Goc said. ''Right now it's a good test for us. We're playing the top teams in the standings. We want to do well and stay with the pack up top.''
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.
Kris Versteeg got an assist Goc's score to break a season-high four-game pointless streak.
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