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Lee Rosenberg: Kids Day Reporter

Tuesday, 01.13.2009 / 4:51 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 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 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

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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