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Cats Earn a Point vs. Washington

Saturday, 04.15.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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 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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