Atlanta at Florida

    After being peppered by Thrashers, Auld performs perfectly

    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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    SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida goalie Alex Auld made 26 saves to beat Atlanta 2-0 on Wednesday night and give the Panthers their first win of the preseason.

    Auld was shelled a week earlier by the Thrashers, allowing five goals on eight shots in a 6-3 loss on Sept. 20. He was acquired in the offseason in the five-player trade that sent former All-Star goalie Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.

    Auld made his best save in the first period when he stopped former Panthers captain Scott Mellanby from close in.

    Martin Gelinas and Jay Bouwmeester scored second-period goals for Florida, which entered the game as one of only two winless teams in the preseason along with Carolina.

    Atlanta dropped to 2-3.

    Florida killed a 5-on-3 power play for 1:42 in the third period after being called for three penalties in a span of 1:10.

    Kari Lehtonen stopped 34 of 36 shots for Atlanta.

    Gelinas broke a scoreless tie at 13:28 of the second period when he tipped in Ruslan Salei's slap shot from the point on a power play.

    Bouwmeester scored at 16:39 following a spectacular move by Nathan Horton.

    Florida dominated play from the outset, outshooting Atlanta 17-9 in the first period and 36-26 overall.

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    Scoreboard
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    Florida «0202
    Scoring Summary
    1ST PERIOD
    no goals scored
    2ND PERIOD
    13:28Power Play - Martin Gelinas - Assists: Ruslan Salei and Jozef Stumpel
    16:39Jay Bouwmeester - Assists: Stephen Weiss and Nathan Horton
    Penalty Summary
    1ST PERIOD
    2:00Gregory Campbell: hooking - minor
    5:48Jason Krog: hooking - minor
    7:02Stephen Weiss: boarding - minor
    7:28Steve McCarthy: hooking - minor
    15:11Juraj Kolnik: hooking - minor
    19:24Andy Sutton: cross-checking - minor
    2ND PERIOD
    5:52Bryan Allen: roughing - minor
    8:02Bobby Holik: goaltender interference - minor
    12:57Scott Mellanby: hooking - minor
    16:52Ruslan Salei: tripping - minor
    3RD PERIOD
    3:59Alexander Auld: slashing - minor
    4:53Janis Sprukts: interference - minor
    5:09Stephen Weiss: holding - minor
    12:12Mike Van Ryn: tripping - minor
    13:41Jim Slater: holding - minor
    SHOTS ON GOALS
     123OTT
    Atlanta9811 28
    Florida17911 37
    GAME INFORMATION
    Attendance - 8860
    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Mike Hasenfratz, Rob Martell
    Line Judges - Andy McElman, Tim Nowak
     
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