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Cats Get A Point in Toronto

Monday, 04.10.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Get A Point in Toronto

Nieuwendyk Nets a Hat Trick

Joe Nieuwendyk was all over the ice at the Air Canada Centre and showcased the skills that have made him a scoring threat throughout his 22 years of playing in the NHL. He showed the Toronto Maple Leafs what they were missing out on when they neglected to re-sign him as he recorded the 14th hat trick of his career.

Nieuwendyk and the Panthers fought hard, but fell in overtime to the Leafs 6-5.

With his 23rd and 24th goals of the season Nieuwendyk tied, and then passed Johnny Bucyk for sole possession of 20th all-time in goals scored. He now sits two goals away from Guy Lafleur with 558.

Nieuwendyk's amazing night started at 8:03 of the first period as he and Nathan Horton darted down the ice on another two-on-one. Horton deked the defender and dished the puck over to Nieuwendyk for the one-timer that was launched through the five-hole of Aubin. Martin Gelinas set up the play dishing to a streaking Horton.

He was most impressive though at crunch time with the team down 5-4, Nieuwendyk was fighting for the puck behind the net and finally gained control. He shot the puck against the net and it trickled over the top landing on the outer right edge of the goal crease. Jay Bouwmeester quickly slapped at the puck knocking it over the outstretched pad of Jean-Sebastien Aubin and into the net to tie the game with 2:23 remaining in regulation. Nathan Horton set up the initial play for his 19th assist of the season.

Nieuwendyk continued his impressive play at 4:00 of the second period as he and Gary Roberts played like a pair of youth hockey players. They exchanged passes back and forth until they reached the goal crease where Nieuwendyk fired a shot through the five-hole on the power-play.

Nieuwendyk completed his hat trick after Sean Hill dished a pass as he came streaking towards the crease alone and faked out Aubin, scoring top-shelf at 1:07 of the third period.

Olli Jokinen put the Panthers on the scoreboard first on a two-on-one dash down the ice that led to a rocket of a shot that came at 7:29 of the first period. The goal was his 37th of the season that set a career season high.

The Cats continue their road trip in Ottawa on Thursday night as they take on the Senators.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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