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Panthers Fall 4-2 to Red Wings

Sunday, 09.24.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Panthers Fall 4-2 to Red Wings

Cats Return Home for Games Versus Atlanta & Chicago

DETROIT, MI - Playing in their sixth preseason contest in eight nights, the Florida Panthers were edged by the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Sunday evening at Joe Louis Arena. Panthers G Ed Belfour played solid in night turning away 27 shots in 60 minutes of action, while C Janis Sprukts and D Ric Jackman each netted their first preseason tallies.

Sprukts put the Panthers on the scoreboard early in the first period when he carried the puck over the blue line and let a wrist shot fly that beat Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek on his glove side, less than two minutes into the contest. Jackman gave Florida a two-goal pad after RW Juraj Kolnik dug the puck out from along the boards and made a beautiful feed to Jackman, who fired a shot past Hasek with exactly sixteen minutes to play in the first period. Belfour stopped all 10 shots that he faced in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Detroit cut the Panthers lead in half at 11:59 of the middle frame when C Johan Franzen picked up his second of the preseason on a power play tally, with Cats C Olli Jokinen was serving a two-minute minor for hooking. The Red Wings knotted the game at 2-2 when D Mathieu Schneider netted his first of the preseason at 17:49 on the power play. Less than two minutes later, C Kris Draper gave the Red Wings the lead when he found the back of the net at 18:26. Robert Lang closed out the scoring for Detroit with an empty net goal with two seconds remaining in the game.

Notable players missing from the Panthers line-up on Sunday night included RW Nathan Horton, C Stephen Weiss, RW Martin Gelinas and C Rostilav Olesz all who played on Saturday night in an exhibition contest in San Juan, while RW Todd Bertuzzi and LW Ville Peltonen both sat out due to minor injury.

The Panthers returned home Sunday night and will host a set of back-to-back home contests to complete the exhibition slate, playing the Atlanta Thrashers (Sept. 27) and the Chicago Blackhawks (Sept. 28). Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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