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Cats Close Within Five Points of Eighth Place Atlanta

Tuesday, 03.21.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Cats Close Within Five Points of Eighth Place Atlanta

Sim Scores Game Winner; Panthers a Perfect 7-0 vs. Capitals This Season

While every match-up is a different team, the feeling is the same; every game is a must win for the Panthers. The Cats took this mentality to the ice when they faced off against rookie sensation Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at the BankAtlantic Center. In front of 14,802 fans, the Cats tallied another close victory and move within five points of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race defeating the Capitals 3-2.

Penalties were abundant throughout the first period providing scoring opportunities. Only Washington was able to take advantage with Brian Willsie registering the only goal of the period on a power play with under two minutes to go in the first.

While the Capitals had the lead at the start of the second it wouldn't last for long.

Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 19th of the year 35 seconds into the second period on a power-play to tie the game with assists from the red hot Jozef Stumpel, his 36th, and Ric Jackman, his 23rd and his first assist as a Panther.

The scoring continued on special teams when Stumpel added a goal, his 14th of the year. Nieuwendyk returned the favor with his 21st assist, and Gary Roberts recorded his 20th assist as well.

Before the period was halfway through, Jon Sim was able to force one through the legs of the Caps goalie from Chris Gratton, his 20th assist, and Joel Kwiatkowski, his 8th, to give the Cats a 3-1 lead heading into the third.

Washington did not give up though. Dainius Zubrus was able to sneak one by Roberto Luongo on a pass from Ovechkin. This led to a hard fought battle to the end when the Panthers showed no relenting to escape with their fourth win in a row and a 7-0-0 record against the Capitals this season.

The victory gives the Cats a 7-1 record in this month's home stand. The Panthers look to carry the momentum into Friday when they take on the New York Rangers in the last game before embarking on a three game road trip.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 29 12 7 3 19
A. Ekblad 29 5 13 6 18
J. Jokinen 28 3 13 -1 16
B. Boyes 29 5 9 0 14
J. Hayes 22 7 6 2 13
J. Huberdeau 26 3 9 3 12
V. Trocheck 19 2 9 4 11
S. Bergenheim 19 5 4 2 9
T. Fleischmann 27 3 5 8 8
S. Upshall 18 3 5 0 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 2 2 2 .915 2.27
R. Luongo 11 6 6 .925 2.30
 
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