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Stumpel Scores Two Goals in Cats 4-2 Victory Over Rangers

Wednesday, 10.25.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Stumpel Scores Two Goals in Cats 4-2 Victory Over Rangers

Ed Belfour made 35 saves and Jozef Stumpel scored two goals to help the Florida Panthers beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday night for their first road victory of the season.

Coming off consecutive losses to Atlanta, the Panthers improved to 1-4-1 on the road and 5-5-1 overall. New York, idle since winning a shootout in Toronto on Saturday night, lost for the fifth time in its last seven games to fall to 4-5-0.

Juraj Kolnik and Gregory Campbell also scored for Florida.

The 41-year-old Belfour, 2-2-0 in his first season with Florida, allowed Petr Prucha's power-play score early in the second period and Martin Straka's goal off an uncontested close-range shot with 6:50 left in the game.

Stumpel opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period and sealed the victory with 3:29 remaining with his fifth goal of the season.

Kolnik gave the Panthers a two-goal lead at 6:32 of the third period after stealing Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival's backhand pass attempt along the boards. Kolnik broke in alone on goalie Henrik Lundquist, faked him out of position and easily forehanded the puck into the empty net for his fourth goal of the season.

Campbell gave Florida a 2-1 lead at 4:10 of the second period, tipping Rostislav Olesz's high shot past Lundquist just 36 seconds after Prucha tied it with his first goal of the season. Prucha, a 30-goal scorer last season as a rookie, beat Belfour off Brendan Shanahan's rebound a second after a two-man advantage ended.

Two nights after a special-teams meltdown in a 6-3 home loss to Atlanta, the Panthers killed Joe Nieuwendyk's early hooking penalty and opened the scoring on Stumpel's power-play goal. On Monday night, Florida allowed five goals in seven short-handed situations and failed to score on six power-play chances.

Stumpel scored with New York's Karel Rachunek off for hooking, firing a low snap shot through Lundqvist's legs for his fourth goal of the season.

The Panthers also killed Steve Matador's elbowing penalty that carried into the second period and Gary Roberts' roughing infraction early in the second, but Roberts was only a step on the ice and Olli Jokinen still off for tripping when Prucha scored.

Lundqvist made 20 saves for the Rangers. Last season, he was 3-0 against Florida, including his only two shutouts.

Notes: Florida right wing Todd Bertuzzi missed his fourth straight game because of back spasms. ... After playing six of their first nine games at home, the Rangers will play nine of their next 11 on the road, starting Saturday night in Phoenix with the first of four straight games on a West Coast swing. ... The Panthers will face New Jersey on Thursday night and complete their three-game trip Saturday night against the New York Islanders.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
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12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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