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Cats Blank Lightning In Final Exhibition Game

Sunday, 10.2.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Blank Lightning In Final Exhibition Game

Hagman Scores Twice While Luongo Records Shutout

SUNRISE, FL – Panthers LW Niklas Hagman, RW Kristian Huselius and C Chris Gratton each had multi-point games while G Roberto Luongo recorded a shutout as Florida blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-0, before 15,307 in their final preseason game.

The Cats finish the preseason with a 3-2-1 record heading into Wednesday's regular season opener against the Atlanta Thrashers at the BankAtlantic Center. It's just the second time in franchise history that Florida has finished the preseason with a winning record.

Despite playing without three of their most talented forwards – C Joe Nieuwendyk, C Olli Jokinen and LW Gary Robert s – the Cats played one of their most complete games of the preseason.

Hagman opened the scoring just 25 seconds into the game when he deflected a slapshot from Gratton past Lightning goalie John Grahame. The early score set the tone for a period in which the Panthers out shot Tampa Bay 8-5.

The second period was when Luongo shined, making 11 of his 32 total saves, including a ten minute span to start the period that saw the Lightning outshoot the Cats 6-1. Huselius made Luongo's efforts all the more crucial when he gave Florida a 2-0 lead with under three minutes remaining in the second.

A pretty cross ice feed from rookie LW Rostislav Olesz sprung Huselius on a breakaway and the Swede took care of the rest, faking a slapshot before sliding the puck between Grahame's legs.

The Cats padded their lead in the third period when Hagman pounded home a Huselius rebound at 10:26 and RW Nathan Horton scored from the left circle off a feed from C Stephen Weiss.

The Panthers will meet up with Tampa Bay again in the second game of the season on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Less than 2,000 tickets remain for that game while fewer than 750 tickets remain available for Opening Night against the Thrashers at 7 p.m on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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