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Panthers Victorious Over Penguins

Tuesday, 03.28.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Victorious Over Penguins

Cats Win 5-3 in Pittsburgh

Chris Gratton scored his 16th goal to lead Florida to its seventh straight victory in a 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

Five different players scored for the Panthers, who overcame John LeClair's 400th career goal for Pittsburgh.

The Panthers, which are 10-1-1 in their last 12, moved into 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings, six points behind eighth-place Montreal.

Nathan Horton, Gary Roberts, Rostislav Olesz and Juraj Kolnik also scored for Florida.

Gratton had his 16th two minutes into the game when he took a pass from ex-Penguin Jon Sim and fired a slap shot past Marc-Andre Fleury while in the left-wing circle. Sim had two assists in the contest.

Horton gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead with less than four minutes to play in the first period with a power play goal, his 25th.

Roberts scored his 13th to make it 3-0 Florida on a rebound of an Olli Jokinen shot 23 seconds into the second period. Jokinen has an assist in three consecutive contests.

Fleury's night was over when Olesz scored his eighth 10 minutes later.

Pittsburgh staged a late rally, started by LeClair's tally. It came with 3:01 to play in the seond period and was a goal not unlike many of the 399 that preceded it.

While on the power play, LeClair collected a rebound from a Noah Welch shot from the point, spun and flipped a backhander past Roberto Luongo. It was LeClair's 18th of the season.

Andy Hilbert got a goal midway through the final period for the Penguins to cut the deficit to 4-2. Kolnik's shot into an empty net with 1:11 sealed the victory for the Panthers, even though Kostantin Koltsov scored for Pittsburgh in the closing seconds.

Notes: The Penguins were 19-11-3 against Florida from the Panthers franchise's inception in 1993 through the 2000-01 season. Pittsburgh is 1-12-2 versus Florida since, including 0-2 this season. ... Penguins D Eric Cairns served the third and final game of his suspension for spearing Zdeno Chara in Ottawa last week. ... Welch, a rookie, will be sent back to the NHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to make room for Cairns. He had four points in his first three games this week. ... Florida C Jozef Stumpel, who had seven points in his last four games, left the game late in the second period with a hip flexor injury.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 NJD 57 29 21 7 125 124 65
7 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
8 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
9 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 BUF 57 23 28 6 135 156 52
15 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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