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Panthers Prevail Over the Islanders

Thursday, 03.16.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Panthers Prevail Over the Islanders

Another Thriller For the Panthers at Home

With every game a must win for the Panthers, tonight they proved that they are still in the push for the playoffs. It was also a night of firsts for some of the Panthers.

The Panthers played well in front of goalie Jamie McLennan, who recorded his first win of the season, while the Cats tied up the season series with the Islanders by a score of 4-2 in front of a crowd of 16,422 at the BankAtlantic Center.

The game started out strong for the Panthers, with Jay Bouwmeester scoring his first goal of the season 33 seconds into the game on an assist from Jozef Stumpel and Sean Hill. Later on in the period, New York came back to tie the game, but the Panthers did not show defeat.

Nieuwendyk notched his 18th goal of the season off a rebound shot in front of DiPietro that was assisted by Jon Sim and Mike Van Ryn. The Panthers took the lead heading into the third period.

Halfway through the third, New York came back once again to tie up the game. As the game continued, it looked as though it might be another overtime thriller for Florida. Juraj Kolnik thought otherwise and 14:57 into the period, he scored his 10th goal of the season, which turned out to be the game winner, off a pass from Rostislav Olesz.

The Islanders fought hard to tie the game in the last minute and a half in which they pulled DiPietro from the goal. With an aggressive forecheck, Florida was able to take control of the puck and Martin Gelinas sealed the game with an empty netter, giving both Stumpel and Van Ryn, who came back from chipping a tooth earlier in the game, two assists on the night.

When every game counts, Florida showed their talent with nine Panther players each recording a point, and two recording two points. The Panthers look to carry the momentum tomorrow night when they play the Capitals in Washington. The Cats will then head back home to take on interstate rivals the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 0 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 1 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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