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Cats Close Within Five Points of Eighth Place Atlanta

Tuesday, 03.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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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