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'Nine: The Last Three

Tuesday, 04.7.2009 / 11:15 AM ET / Blogs
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\'Nine: The Last Three
Panthers center Stephen Weiss is back for another season of his blog, 'Nine. Weiss will bring you closer to Panthers action both on and off the ice as he talks about his experiences throughtout the 2008-09 season. Nine is in it's second season and can only exclusively be seen on floridapanthers.com

The popular first-round draft pick (4th overall) in 2001, is in his seventh NHL season, all with the Cats. The Toronto, Ontario native had his second straight 40 point season, finishing with 13 goals and 29 assists in 74 games. He also set a career high in game-winning goals with four.

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We have a huge two-game road trip with three games left in the season. We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing lately and play hard for sixty minutes. It all starts with tonight’s game against Philadelphia. We’ve got to have a good start, obviously. With a travel day and playing in their building, they’ll probably come out ready to go. We expect their best. If we have a good first five-ten minutes of the game, we should be alright.

It’s fun to be in this spot; battling with teams for playoff spots. This is why you play all the games of the regular season. Hopefully we can keep winning and keep putting pressure on Montreal and the Rangers.

Boother scoring that goal with 11 seconds left Sunday in the second was great. It gave us a little extra cushion (3-1) to play with in the third. We got a lot of momentum going into the third after that goal and it was enough to carry us through.

Anytime you can score towards the end of the period, you take that momentum into the next period. It’s a big boost for the team that scores the goal and a big blow to the other team. We’ve been having that happen to us the whole season and over the last week or so we’ve gotten to turn the tide and do it to other teams. We scored twice in the final minute of the second period against Dallas and late in the first and second against Pittsburgh. It’s really huge, especially this late in the season.

Coach doesn’t say much in between periods, especially when you score a late goal, but as far as the guys in the room are concerned, we’re pretty pumped. It’s always nice to get a late goal and carry that momentum into the next period.

Pittsburgh had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Sunday and we knew they were going to come out hard and they did. We expect the same from Philly. This close to playoff time, all the teams are trying to have their best games to prepare. It’s no different for us. We just have to do what we’ve been doing and keep working and see where we’re at.

Talk to you soon.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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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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