Former free agent try-out Dan LaCouture and 2007 draft pick Brandon Sutter wasted no time in impressing the Caniacs, combining for an even-strength tally three minutes into the third period. The goal was a stunner; Niclas Wallin walked in alone and fired a shot directly at Vokoun. The rebound shot off his pads and directly into the trailer LaCouture, who buried the goal in the top of the net. It was LaCouture’s first goal since the 2005-2006 season, when he played for the Boston Bruins, and Sutter’s first NHL point.

And it’s not often that the one delivering the hit is badly injured while the recipient skates away unscathed, but Panthers all-star defenseman Bryan McCabe, sent to Florida in a blockbuster trade a month ago, missed his hit on Dennis Seidenberg in the second period and injured his back. He will not return.