Panthers get net dividend
Backup Anderson blanks Rangers
Craig Anderson is making Tomas Vokoun's starting job look tenuous.
Anderson got the call over Vokoun for the second straight game and made Florida coach Peter DeBoer's somewhat surprising decision pay off with a 37-save shutout in the Panthers' 4-0 victory against the Rangers yesterday at New York.
"I thought he would go back to Vokie," Anderson said. "I want the ball, I want to be playing. I enjoy playing for these guys. I'll be ready whenever called upon."
Anderson was steady in his second shutout this season and sixth in the NHL. He stopped 43 shots in Friday's shootout loss to the Rangers on the heels of a solid relief appearance for Vokoun in another shootout defeat against New Jersey Wednesday.
DeBoer announced that Anderson will start again tomorrow at Washington.
Stephen Weiss and Gregory Campbell scored 12 seconds apart in the second to give Anderson all the offense he needed.
Blues 4, Thrashers 2 - Keith Tkachuk's milestone goal tied the score and Brad Boyes scored the go-ahead goal as St. Louis got a rare road victory.
The Thrashers lost for the sixth time in seven games and the Blues, 4-8 on the road, ended a two-game losing streak.
Tkachuk tied the game, 2-2, late in the second period for his 1,000th career point, then Boyes (No. 12) scored with 8:15 to play in the game.
"It was exciting to celebrate and have the guys come out on the ice. Just the way the guys reacted was pretty cool," said the 36-year-old Tkachuk, a former Malden Catholic and Boston University star who has 511 goals in 17 NHL seasons.
Stars 4, Oilers 3 - Mike Modano scored on a power play with 2:21 remaining to lift host Dallas over Edmonton, which is 2-5-1 in its last eight games.
Modano broke a tie with his 537th career goal, beating rookie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers off a feed from Brad Richards.
Modano, the career goal leader among US-born players, also became the 31st player in NHL history with 1,300 points.
Ducks 4, Hurricanes 1 - Rob Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne scored in a 1:09 span of the third period, and Niedermayer added another to help Anaheim tie a team record by earning at least a point in its eighth consecutive road game.
Selanne tipped in Chris Pronger's slap shot on a power play with 12:44 left, and Niedermayer took a pass from Brendan Morrison and scored with 11:35 to go.
Niedermayer scored again with about five minutes left to seal the Hurricanes' fourth loss in five games.
Jonas Hiller made 36 saves, allowing only Matt Cullen's first-period goal as the Ducks improved to 13-3-3 since a 3-1 loss to Carolina Oct. 19.