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Cats Lose a Heartbreaker at Home to the Thrashers

Wednesday, 04.5.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Lose a Heartbreaker at Home to the Thrashers

Panthers Put Up a Fight, But Come Up Short

The Florida Panthers saw a key game slip through their hands in a 5-2 loss to Atlanta. At the beginning of the game, Atlanta was only one point in front of Florida in the Eastern Conference standings.

Juraj Kolnik got the scoring off to a start early into the second with a power-play goal, giving him his 13th of the season, with passes from Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk. But Atlanta battled back and tied the game five minutes later.

Martin Gelinas broke the tie when he put in his 16th goal off a rebound shot from Nieuwendyk and Jon Sim. Atlanta was able to put in a rebound goal of their own a few minutes later to send the game to a tie going into the third.

Scott Mellanby snuck one past his former team and goalie Roberto Luongo to put Atlanta ahead of Florida, but the Panthers never gave up.

In an ensuing power play, Marian Hossa tallied a short handed goal at the midway point of the third to elevate the pressure on Florida. In retaliation, the Panthers began a barrage of shots to try and tie the game up, but Kari Lehtonen held strong in goal. In all, Florida fired 40 shots at Lehtonen.

Marian Hossa put away an empty netter at the end to seal the victory for Atlanta.

Even with the loss, there's still hope for the Panthers to make the playoffs. Florida has six games left to climb up to the eighth place standing in the conference to make the post season.

Jacques Martin, head coach of the Panthers, had this to say after the game, "We had tremendous effort, Nieuwendyk's line had some great chances, but couldn't get it to go in."

The Cats next face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night at 7:30 at the BankAtlantic Center.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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