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Panthers Come Up Short in Atlanta

Thursday, 09.21.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Come Up Short in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, GA - In the first of ten meetings between the two teams, the Florida Panthers dropped a 6-3 decision to the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday night at Philips Arena. The divisional foes will play each other once more in the preseason on Sept. 27 in South Florida, before playing one another eight times during the regular season.

Atlanta jumped out to an early four-goal lead receiving a pair of goals from LW Ilya Kovalchuk, along with tallies by RW Marian Hossa and C Jason Krog. The Cats battled back cutting the lead to 4-2, on back-to-back goals by LW Ville Peltonen and LW Rostislav Olesz. Peltonen banged a rebound past Thrashers netminder Kari Lehtonen for his first goal as a Panther, while Olesz picked up his first of the preseason at 14:25. The Thrashers closed out the scoring for the period when LW Brett Sterling found the back of the net at 16:36.

Florida and Atlanta traded goals in the middle frame. RW Nathan Horton netted a power play tally off a perfect feed from C Olli Jokinen at 13:12 to make it 5-3. The Thrashers pulled ahead by three again late in the second period when RW Joseph Crabb fired a shot past Cats netminder Jean-Marc Pelletier with just under a minute to play in the second period. Pelletier replaced G Alex Auld who was in net for the first period of action.

Neither club would score in the third period.

The Panthers travel to Chicago immediately after the game and face-off against the Blackhawks on Thursday at 8 p.m. EST in their fourth preseason contest.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
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 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
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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