NHL: Florida 2, Minnesota 1

SUNRISE, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Chris Higgins and Mike Santorelli scored 53 seconds apart in the first period Friday and the Florida Panthers held on to defeat Minnesota 2-1.

All the scoring came in the opening stanza, after which Tomas Vokoun and Jose Theodore traded saves.


After Higgins and Santorelli both produced their third goals of the season, Cal Clutterbuck scored on the power play with 3:02 left in the first.

Vokoun went on to make 22 saves to get the win, Florida's second straight. Theodore stopped 25-of-27 shots.

Radek Dvorak played in his 574th game for Florida, establishing a franchise record. He passed Robert Svehla on the all-time list for the Panthers.

All 14 Florida games this season have been decided in regulation, the longest such streak to start a campaign in the history of the team.

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