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Panthers Fall 4-2 to Red Wings

Sunday, 09.24.2006 / 12:00 AM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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