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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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