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

Friday, 03.17.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

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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