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Cats Strike to Defeat Lightning 4-2

Friday, 03.31.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 63 22 16 -8 38
J. Huberdeau 60 9 27 4 36
J. Jokinen 62 6 28 0 34
A. Ekblad 63 10 23 8 33
B. Boyes 61 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 59 12 19 -9 31
J. Hayes 54 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 63 3 20 3 23
A. Barkov 52 10 12 -4 22
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 5 6 2 .891 2.98
 
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