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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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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