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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.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 72 15 26 -3 41
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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