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Nichole Garcia Fischer: Kids Day Reporter

Tuesday, 01.13.2009 / 4:59 PM ET / Recap
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Nichole Garcia Fischer: Kids Day Reporter
By Nicole Garcia Fischer
University School Kids Correspondent



The Florida Panthers amazed their fans when they beat the Atlanta Thrashers in an 8-4 victory on January 10. Held at the BankAtlantic Center, this hockey match proved to be one of the best games the Panthers have had all season.
 
The third period was the pinnacle for this game. Not only were the Panthers able to come back from a weak second period in which they squandered a 3-1 lead, but they scored five times in the third period alone.
 
Once Ville Peltonen scored the first goal of the third only 1:34 minutes into the period, the flood gates were open. Next, with assists from Michael Frolik and Karlis Skrastins, came Cory Stillman’s goal. Before the cheers from a 5-3 lead died down, David Booth made it 6-3 on a pretty passing play with linemates Nathan Horton and Richard Zednik. The crowd was eager to shout “Boooooooth” in response.

With less than eight minutes remaining, Gregory Campbell and Radek Dvorak assisted Ville Peltonen on his second goal of the period to make it 7-3 and also marking the first time that the Panthers scored five times in just one period since April 9, 2006. Campbell, who had three assists during this game and now has 20 points on the season, has already eclipsed his point total from all of last season.

Panthers Head Coach Peter DeBoer reasoned that the reason for the increase in goals of late was “confidence - It starts with the saves. [goaltender] Tomas [Vokoun] has been playing well for us and when he’s making saves like that, we have the confidence to jump up and rush.”
The second period for the Panthers was slow. Campbell explained that “we got up two goals and sat back a little.”

Although the Panthers were ahead 3-1 heading in to the first intermission, the Thrashers were able to score twice during the second period and tie the game at three.
 
After the victory, Dvorak stated that “It’s nice to know we can always come back.” According to DeBoer, the Thrashers were able to find holes in the penalty killing and exploit them.

The first period, like the third, was all Panthers. The game started with a goalie interference with Atlanta Thrasher’s player Chris Thornburn, negating an Atlanta goal that would have given the Thrashers a 1-0 lead.

Then, twenty-year-old rookie Michael Frolik was able to deke and score during a penalty shot. This first goal of the game was the first successful penalty shot for the Panthers since February of 2008. Later that period All-Star Jay Bowmeester scored on a scrum in front and Radek Dvorak notched a shorthanded tally to make it 3-1.

According to DeBoer, this game “had a little bit of everything, it had lots of goals and a fight and that’s what hockey’s about.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 52 17 23 14 40
J. Huberdeau 55 11 29 12 40
J. Jokinen 55 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 55 17 18 3 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 55 18 16 12 34
B. Pirri 51 11 13 -3 24
A. Ekblad 51 11 13 19 24
B. Campbell 55 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 40 9 10 -3 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 13 5 .927 2.23
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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