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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 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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