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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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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