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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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