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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
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

STATS

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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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