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Cats Climb to Within Six Points in Playoff Chase with Win over Washington

Friday, 03.17.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Cats Climb to Within Six Points in Playoff Chase with Win over Washington

Joe Nieuwendyk Scores Lone Goal in Shootout Win

Roberto Luongo recorded his first shootout shutout as the Panthers recorded a 4-3 victory versus the Washington Capitals.

Joe Nieuwendyk secured the win as he drew Olaf Kolzig out of his net, skated to the right launching the puck off Kolzig's pad, then bounced it into the net.

With the season dwindling down and every game a must win, the Panthers have won five out of their last six to keep the playoff hunt alive. As the Cats sit only six points out of a playoff berth, the team has come together to perform at its highest levels when perseverance is needed the most.

Olli Jokinen put himself in third place in overall points recorded in a season among franchise leaders. Jokinen notched his 40th assist tonight, bringing his points total to 72. Jokinen also passed Ray Whitney in total assists in franchise history with 131, ranking him fifth.

Jokinen's assist came on Jay Bouwmeester's tying goal in the second period, setting off a wild 15 seconds of play in which Rostislav Olesz connected for his seventh goal of the season.

Jon Sim opened up the scoring in the first period notching his 15th goal and Roberto Luongo recorded his 100th franchise win. Tonight's victory places Luongo only seven wins away from securing the overall lead in team history.

Also recording assists on the night were Roberto Luongo, Joe Nieuwendyk, Joel Kwiatkowski, Mikail Yakubov and Chris Gratton.

The Cats now head back to Sunrise to take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday night at the BankAtlantic Center.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 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 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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