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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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