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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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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