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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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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