Oilers 4, Panthers 0
Mar. 14, 1998
MIAMI (AP) _ A group of Edmonton businessman came through back home while the Oilers won their season-best third straight road game, 4-0 over Florida on Friday.
Doug Weight scored his 23rd goal and Tony Hrkac added three assists. Curtis Joseph stopped 23 shots for his second consecutive shutout, his sixth of the season and 17th of his career.
The good news started before the game when Cal Nichols led a group of local millionaires that promised to put up $5 million each of a $70 million deal to buy the team, with the main objective to keep the Oilers in Edmonton.
The loss extends the Panthers' franchise-record losing streak to eight and matches its longest winless streak at 10 (0-9-1). Their 34th loss is a franchise high.
Ryan Smyth and Boris Mironov scored power-play goals, with Mironov's coming during a two-man advantage.
Greg DeVries added an even-strength goal _ his first since Dec. 23 _ in the second period to stake Edmonton to a 3-0 lead.
Weight, who wasn't expected to play after spraining his left shoulder March 9, made it 4-0 at 5:29 of the third with a slap shot from the slot.
Florida has allowed 10 power-play goals in its last three games.
Joseph, 5-1 in his last six games, is 5-0 against Florida. It's the first time the Panthers were blanked at home this season. Joseph had 20 saves in a 2-0 victory over Tampa on Wednesday.
Smyth, playing in his second game since undergoing knee surgery Jan. 2, gave Edmonton a 1-0 lead in the first period when he flicked the puck off Panthers defenseman Robert Svehla and past Kevin Weekes.
The Oilers outshot Florida 15-5 in the first period and 34-23 overall.
The Panthers, all but out of the playoff race, brought up three rookies and started all of them, as well as first-year goalie Weekes, who has yet to win a game in four NHL starts (0-2-1).