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Cats Get A Point in Toronto

Monday, 04.10.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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