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Panthers Edge Carolina 5-4 In Shootout Victory

Sunday, 09.18.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Edge Carolina 5-4 In Shootout Victory

RW Nathan Horton Tallies Shootout Winner for Cats

SUNRISE, FL - With veteran free-agent acquisitions such as C Joe Nieuwendyk, D Sean Hill and LW Gary Roberts sitting out the Panthers first preseason game, it was a chance for Florida's youth to shine. After skating in a scoreless five minute overtime, RW Nathan Horton (Florida's first choice, third overall in 2003 NHL Entry Draft) notched the game-winner in a shootout to give the Cats the 5-4 victory, in front of 18,541 fans at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Panthers' first round draft picks LW Rostislav Olesz, RW Anthony Stewart and C Stephen Weiss all also recorded goals, as the Cats fought back from two goal deficit. In his first NHL preseason game, Olesz tied the game at four when he one-timed a centering pass from Horton, just three minutes into the third period.

Trailing 2-0 entering the second, Carolina reeled off four unanswered goals from four different players to take a 4-2 lead. F Andrew Hutchinson (PP), F Niklas Wallin, F Eric Staal (PP) and F Mike Zigomanis all scored during a period that saw the Panthers get whistled for seven penalties.

The first period was also penalty-laden affair with a combined 18 minutes of penalties for both teams. But while the Hurricanes couldn't muster much offense on their power plays, Florida relished the opportunity converting on a pair of special team goals. Weiss put the Cats on the scoreboard with a shorthanded two-on-one when he fired a slap shot past Carolina G Martin Gerber at 11:27. Then with just eight seconds remaining in the period Stewart put Florida up by two with a with a snapshot from the slot off a feed from C Chris Gratton.

The Canes out shot the Cats 30-24 for the game. Florida netminder Jean-Marc Pelletier earned the win, while Gerber suffered the loss for Carolina. Florida converted on two power play opportunities, while Carolina went 2-16 with the man advantage. The Panthers play their second preseason contests on Thursday, Sept. 22 when they visit the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Florida Panthers drop the puck for the 2005-06 on Wednesday, Oct. 5 against the Atlanta Thrashers. Other home games include Oct. 7 (Tampa Bay), Oct. 13 (Boston) and Oct. 15 (Buffalo Sabres).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
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A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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