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Lee Rosenberg: Kids Day Reporter

Tuesday, 01.13.2009 / 4:51 PM ET / Recap
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Lee Rosenberg: Kids Day Reporter
By Lee Rosenberg
University School Kids Correspondent



The Florida Panthers scored a season high eight goals and five of them came in the final period in their 8-4 win over Atlanta in front of a BankAtlantic Center crowd packed with kids on Kids Day Saturday.

The win is the Panthers third straight and they improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games. The Cats are 20-16-6 overall after defeating their southeast division rival Atlanta in a “ critical game” according to coach Pete DeBoer.

With the game tied 3-3 through two periods, the Panthers exploded with three goals in the first seven minutes to seal the win. Villie Peltonen broke the tie with a one-timer from Radek Dvorak just a minute and half into the period. 

Just a minute and eight seconds following Peltonen’s goal, Cory Stillman scored his ninth goal of the season to make it a two-goal game.

The Cats made it a 6-3 game with possibly the nicest play of the season. On a 3-on-2 break, David Booth, Nathan Horton and Richard Zednik passed to perfection. Booth skated to the left and dished it back to Horton who passed it to Zednik who drove the puck right back to a cutting Booth for the easy put in. 

Peltonen came right back later in the third for his second goal of the afternoon and eighth of the season.

Following an Atlanta Ilya Kovalchuk goal, Nathan Horton scored the Panthers eighth and final goal to seal the deal and an 8- 4 victory.

The Panthers also started the game strong with a 3-1 lead going into the first intermission.

After a strong opening period, the Panthers, “got away from our game plan,”
said DeBoer. The Cats went into the locker room tied at three after two periods.

Goaltender Tomas Vokoun had a solid game in the win, saving 28 shots. Gregory Campbell had the hat trick in assists with three - The Panthers are 12-0-1 when Campbell has a point. Dvorak added two assists to go along with his goal.

For the Thrashers, their goaltender Kari Lehtonen struggled saving only 20 shots while allowing seven goals. He was pulled in the middle of the third period and was replaced by Johan Hedberg.

Todd White, Erik Christensen and Colby Armstrong each scored for Atlanta to go along with Kovalchuk’s 16th of the year.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
5 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 51 17 21 14 38
J. Jokinen 54 11 27 12 38
J. Huberdeau 54 10 28 12 38
V. Trocheck 54 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 54 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 50 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 50 10 13 20 23
B. Campbell 54 5 17 20 22
N. Bjugstad 39 9 10 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .928 2.17
A. Montoya 8 3 1 .929 2.01

 
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