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Six To Start

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 5:30 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Panthers forwards Shawn Matthias and Peter Mueller celebrate Matthias' third period goal to tie the game at three against Buffalo (Getty Images).

Looking for a spark to fire up the Panthers offense, head coach Kevin Dineen put the Panthers hottest scorer of late (Shawn Matthias, seven goals in 14 games entering Thursday night) along with two other players looking to get back on track (Jonathan Huberdeau and Peter Mueller) and the line combo worked to perfection.

The trio found chemistry early as Matthias scored 3:28 into the game off a rebound as Huberdeau picked up the second helper. Mueller would get in on the action later as he beautifully fed Matthias to tie the game at three then Huberdeau to tie the game at four in the third period. As a line, the three combined to record six (3-3) of the Panthers 11 points.

"The Matthias line popped last night," said Dineen following an optional practice on Friday. "Those guys got some points. They were for the most part responsible on D."

What really seemed to impress Dineen was that they did it against the opponent's best. They combined for 15 shots on the night while averaging over 17 minutes of ice time.

"(That's) the line that's recognized by their opponent (as the top line)," said Dineen. "So they're playing against some top pairings but obviously they're off to a good start. That was a good showing by them last night."

Game 2 against New Jersey figures to be a much tougher task Saturday night with the Devils employing a notoriously tough trap system.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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