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Cats Strike to Defeat Lightning 4-2

Friday, 03.31.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Strike to Defeat Lightning 4-2

Nieuwendyk Tallies Two Goals; Panthers Complete Home-and-Home Series in Tampa Monday Night

Roberto Luongo recorded his 106th victory as a Panther tying John Vanbiesbrouck for most wins in franchise history as the Cats' defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 at the BankAtlantic Center on Saturday night.

Luongo backstopped the Panthers with 42 saves.

With the two points earned, the playoff push continues as the Cats' sit six points behind the eighth spot held by the Lightning. The Panthers have picked up 23 out of a possible 28 points in their last 13 games recording an 11-2-1 record.

Nathan Horton opened up the scoring as he connected 24 seconds into the game for his 26th goal on a dish from Joe Nieuwendyk. Nieuwendyk collected a loose puck off the boards thwarting a Lightning icing opportunity to set up the goal. Martin Gelinas recorded his 22nd assist on the play.

Late in the first period Nieuwendyk would strike next as he collected a pass from Gary Roberts for his 20th of the year. Juraj Kolnik initiated the play passing to Roberts in the corner who then dished to an open Nieuwendyk who lofted the puck over a squatting John Grahame on the power play.

At 8:22 of the second period Olli Jokinen collected a rebound off a shot from Jay Bouwmeester to score his 34th goal of the season. Sean Hill set up the play dishing to Bouwmeester who rocketed a shot on goal.

Late in the second period Joe Nieuwendyk came streaking down the ice and launched a shot to the right of an outstretched Grahame for his second goal of the of the game. Bouwmeester assisted on the play and the Lightning replaced John Grahame with Sean Burke after the goal.

The Panthers have outscored the Lightning 24-13 in the five contests of the season series.

Noteworthy: Miami Dolphins head coach Nick Saban was in attendance.

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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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