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Cats Earn a Point vs. Washington

Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Earn a Point vs. Washington

Cats Assure Winning Record Despite 2-1 Shootout Loss

In a game filled with pucks off the post, big hits into the boards, and giant glove saves, the Panthers fall to the Washington Capitals for the first time this season in a shootout thriller.

Jamie McLennan got his eighth start in goal for the Cats, turning away 47 shots while Caps goalie Brent Johnson turned away 48 shots to set a new franchise record for combined shots in a game with 97. One of McLennan's many saves was on Matt Pettinger's penalty shot in the first period.

Gary Roberts scored the lone goal for Florida when Joe Nieuwendyk took control of the puck off a pass from Mike Van Ryn in the neutral zone, drew the goalie out, went behind the net and fed Roberts on top of the crease. For Roberts, it was his 14th of the season and Nieuwendyk's and Van Ryn's 29th assist of the year.

Alex Ovechkin tied the score later on in the period with a breakaway on McLennan that he was able to beat him on the high glove side.

From there on, the game turned into a battle of spectacular plays on both sides. Scoring opportunities were abound for the Panthers who played with reckless abandonment to try and earn the season sweep of the Capitals, but Washington was able to hold off the Panther attack.

In a fast-paced overtime, McLennan showed the almost 18,000 fans at the BankAtlantic Center that he was up to the challenge. He was able to make heart-stopping save after another to put the Cats into a shootout, McLennan's first.

After saves on the first shooters, Danius Zubrus of Washington got the first goal as the second shooter. Olli Jokinen then stepped up as usual as the last shooter to send the shootout into sudden death. Pettinger got his revenge though on McLennan, scoring the next Caps goal that turned into the game winner when Jozef Stumpel's shot went off the post.

The Panthers season comes to a close on Tuesday when they face off against division rival Atlanta. The Panthers encourage all fans to come to the last game and enjoy Fan Appreciation Night.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
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 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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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