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Captain Clutch Strikes Again

Monday, 03.27.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Captain Clutch Strikes Again

Jokinen Scores Lone Shootout Goal in Panthers 4-3 Win in Boston

Olli Jokinen scored in a shootout and Roberto Luongo stopped all three Boston attempts in the tiebreaker in the Florida Panthers' 4-3 victory over the fading Boston Bruins on Monday night.

Seemingly out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture a few weeks ago, the Panthers have won six straight and are 9-1-1 in their last 11 to move six points behind seventh-place New Jersey and Montreal. The top eight will make the playoffs.

Jozef Stumpel, Jay Bouwmeester and Gary Roberts scored for Florida in regulation, and Patrice Bergeron had two goals and Brad Boyes also scored for Boston.

Roberts tipped in Jokinen's shot from the point for a tiebreaking power-play goal with 8:25 left in the third period, but Bergeron scored his second of the game with 43 seconds to play to send it to overtime.

In the shootout, Jokinen, the third shooter, shot the puck into Tim Thomas' body. The goalie appeared to make the save, but the puck trickled into the net as he fell to the ice.

Luongo then made a left pad save on Brad Boyes, and pumped his stick with delight as he skated toward the bench. The Panthers, winners in overtime four times in their last six games, improved to 4-4 in shootouts. Boston fell to an NHL-worst 1-8 overall and 1-6 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

After defenseman Hal Gill was whistled for hooking with 8:48 to play in regulation, it didn't take long for the Panthers to convert. Roberts, near the edge of the right circle, batted Jokinen's shot and the puck dipped into the net to make it 3-2.

With the Bruins already on a power play, they pulled Thomas with 67 seconds left for another skater before Bergeron tied it off the rebound of Glen Murray's shot that caromed off the back boards.

Trailing 1-0 after one, the Panthers tied it on Stumpel's power-play goal 6:17 into the second. Roberts centered a pass from the side of the net to Stumpel positioned at the bottom of the right circle, and Stumpel one-timed a shot inside the left post.

Boston regained the lead when Bergeron scored off the rebound of his own shot from in close for his 25th of the season at 11:45. Brad Isbister nearly gave Boston a 3-1 edge, but Luongo made a blocker save on a clean breakaway nearly 6 minutes later.

The Panthers tied it on Bouwmeester's goal with 42 seconds to play in the period. He fired a shot from the point that bounced into the net off the leg of Gill.

The Bruins had moved ahead 1-0 when Boyes tipped in Nick Boynton's shot from the point 13:24 into the opening period.

Notes: It was Roberts' 100th career power-play goal. ... The Panthers will play three of their next four games on the road. ... Stumpel, who didn't score a goal and had just four assists in his first 24 games, has four goals in his past four games and 48 points (15 goals) since Dec. 1. ... Bergeron has 13 points (nine goals) in his last eight games. ... It was Boston's second game since firing general manager Mike O'Connell on Saturday before the team's 5-4 win over Buffalo.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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