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'Nine: The Last Three

Tuesday, 04.07.2009 / 11:15 AM / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 47 16 13 -2 29
A. Ekblad 47 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 44 9 17 0 26
J. Jokinen 46 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 45 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 36 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 36 5 10 -6 15
B. Campbell 47 3 12 0 15
D. Kulikov 42 1 13 -4 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 12 8 .920 2.41
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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