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Cats Fall to Flames in Preseason Opener

Sunday, 09.17.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Fall to Flames in Preseason Opener

Captain Olli Jokinen Scores Lone Panther Goal

CALGARY, Alb. – The Florida Panthers did everything right in their preseason opener, except score more goals than the Calgary Flames in a hard luck 3-1 loss. The Cats outshot (37-25), outchanced and virtually outplayed the Flames from beginning to end.

Captain Olli Jokinen scored the Cats only goal on the power play at 11:24 of the first period. Jokinen continues to build on the momentum of a breakout 05-06 season in which he scored a career high 38 goals and 89 points.

Jokinen, playing the half board on the power play, took a feed from Jozef Stumpel and whipped a top-shelf slapshot past Flames starter Brent Krahn (36 saves). Jokinen, who played the point on the power play for most of last season, moved to a more favorable position on the half board with Ric Jackman (one assist) and Ari Vallin running the point.

Chuck Kobasew, Dustin Boyd and Carsen Germyn scored for Calgary, who went 2-7 with the man-advantage.

Jokinen centered a line with Stumpel and rookie Kenndal McArdle. Cats wing Nathan Horton, who scored 28 goals in 05-06, finished with two shots, as did veteran Center Joe Nieuwendyk and wing Martin Gelinas.

Former Flame Steve Montador played well against his former team with two hits and an even rating in over 19 minutes of ice time.

Future Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour made his Panthers debut, making 11 saves in just over 30 minutes of action. Rookie Jean-Marc Pelletier played the remainder of the game, shutting out Calgary with 11 saves.

Also making their Panthers debuts were defensemen Bryan Allen, Ruslan Salei and Ari Vallin. Allen chipped in with four hits on the night.

Notable scratches for the Cats included forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Mike Van Ryn, goalie Alex Auld, center Stephen Weiss, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and center Chris Gratton. All six are

expected to play against Edmonton on Monday night.

There were two fights in the game involving two of the Panthers rising stars. After exchanging hits on both ends of the ice Cats forward Anthony Stewart dropped the gloves with Calgary center Brandon Prust midway through the second period. Then with three minutes left in the third period Horton disassembled Calgary defenseman Brad Ference with a series of blows to the head.

The Cats open the regular season on Oct. 6 against the Boston Bruins at the BankAtlantic Center. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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STANDINGS

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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