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Boyes Shootout Succes Continues To Propel Cats

Forward's sixth shootout goal of the season gives Cats another big two points.
Friday, 01.10.2014 / 2:30 PM
By Glenn Odebralski - FloridaPanthers.com / Panthers Insider
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Boyes Shootout Succes Continues To Propel Cats

Sometimes "it's better to be lucky than good." That expression sure can relate to Panthers forward Brad Boyes and when it comes to the shootout.

In a bizarre ending Thursday night, Boyes scored in the bottom of the third round of the shootout to give the Cats a 2-1 victory over Buffalo. The NHL's best active shootout skater, Boyes got some luck in putting the puck off the post and then Jhonas Enroth to give the Panthers the extra point.

It certainly didn't look pretty after one referee waived off the eventual game-deciding goal and the other calling it a goal but in the end it was efficient.

Now with 37 career shootout goals, two more than Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Minnesota's Zach Parise, Boyes had to change up his latest attempt to fool an ex-teammate as Enroth knew where Boyes liked to shoot.

"Shootout as far as it was, being here and going against him in practice a lot, he was showing glove, he was kind of waving it to me," said Boyes who played in Buffalo for a season in a half (2011-12). "I think he was on me, he knows kind of where I go so I tried to change it up a bit. It was good. I have trouble against guys that I go against that I've played with so it was nice to get it on him.

"I liked that one."

With the puck off the post, Enroth and eventually into the net, the Panthers finally got some luck on their side after hitting several posts during the game but not able to find a second goal past Enroth after Boyes tied the game at one midway through the third.

"I know. Irony I guess," said Boyes following the game on the post winner. "Hopefully it was some luck but it kind of went the other way a lot of times but finally the luck started shifting to us a little bit."

But maybe, just maybe, that's exactly how Boyes drew it up for his sixth shootout goal of the season and second game-deciding goal.

"Boysie is a very talented guy. He told me he was going to do that before he did it," joked netminder Tim Thomas. "Maybe not, but we'll take it any way we can get it at this point."

Drawn up or not, it was another big two points for the Panthers provided by the NHL's shootout king.

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  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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