SAN JOSE (AP) — Roberto Luongo made 35 saves for his 74th career shutout and the Florida Panthers blanked the San Jose Sharks 2-0 Thursday night on goals by Colton Sceviour and Nick Bjugstad.
Florida coach Bob Boughner won in his return to San Jose. He served as an assistant coach for the Sharks the last two years.
Luongo earned his first shutout of the season and first in 32 games against San Jose.
Martin Jones was nearly as good for the Sharks. He stopped 26 shots, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Panthers from winning for the seventh time in their last eight trips to San Jose.
Sharks defenseman Tim Heed had a goal disallowed on a coach’s challenge a little less than five minutes into the second period. Replays showed he came into contact with the puck just behind the blue line, making the play offside.
San Jose had another goal overturned after a replay review. Brent Burns took a hard shot that Luongo nearly caught but couldn’t handle and it bounced along his pads. Marc-Edouard Vlasic was one of three Sharks trying to poke at the puck and he used his stick to push both the puck and Luongo’s pad into the net.
Sceviour scored a minute into the second after digging out the puck along the boards behind the net. He skated around the cage and poked a shot that hit Jones’ pads. He took a second shot that got over the goalie’s pads and went in.
Sceviour has four points in six games since returning from injury. He had two points in his first six games this season.
The Panthers, who have won three of four, added an insurance goal with less than eight minutes remaining. Radim Vrbata intercepted a pass in the Sharks zone and played it to Jamie McGinn, who got Jones to commit before dishing to Bjugstad for the score.
NOTES: Panthers C Michael Haley received a warm ovation from Sharks fans. He played in San Jose the last couple of years. … Sharks D Paul Martin missed his 15th game with a lower-body injury, though he has been skating pain-free for the past two weeks. … Florida center Vincent Trocheck has 12 points in his last 10 games. … The Sharks have not scored on their past 15 power plays.
Sharks: Host the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
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