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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Islanders 0

Weiss, Garrison score while Theodore turns aside 27 shots in Dineen's first game behind the bench.

Saturday, 10.08.2011 / 11:39 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Islanders 0
Sat
10/08/2011
2-0
1 2 3 T
Panthers 2 0 0 2
Islanders 0 0 0 0
FLA - S. Weiss (1), J. Garrison (1)
NYI - None
  
   
UNIONDALE, NY (AP) - The Florida Panthers spoiled the New York Islanders' home opener.

Stephen Weiss and Jason Garrison scored and Jose Theodore made 27 saves to lead the Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday night.

Brian Campbell added two assists as the Panthers won in Kevin Dineen's first game as an NHL head coach. Theodore's shutout was the 31st of his career.

FULL RECAP
 
"What a great way to start. I couldn't have asked for more. I think if you look at how we wanted to play the game, we seemed to put that together tonight...It really was a team effort. Very enjoyable game for me."

- Panthers head coach on his first game as head coach of the Panthers (on Fox Sports Florida)
 
1. Holdovers Just Fine: While all of the pub was about the Panthers new players (and why not when about half of your roster is new) it was two holdovers who scored the Panthers two goals which is good to see. Stephen Weiss, the longest tenured Panther, opened the scoring while defenseman Jason Garrison used a rocket of a shot to score the second with just 15 seconds left in the first.

2. Theodore's Strong Start: After a rocky pre-season (12 goals allowed in two games), it was great to see Jose Theodore start the season off right in turning away all 27 shots in pitching the shutout. With Clemmensen down for the forseeable future, the Panthers will rely on Theodore heavily to begin the season and he couldn't have started it off any better. Granted he was helped out by a strong defensive effort that helped limit the Islanders shots to one and done the majority of the time, he looked very comfortable between the pipes.

3. Power Play Looks Improved: While they scored just once on five opportunities, the Panthers power play units looked vastly improved from last season as the Panthers moved the puck with tape-to-tape passes and kept the pressure on the Islanders in the offensive zone. The Panthers goal came off some nice passing along the blue line before Garrison deposited the puck into the back of the net with a blast.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@TheRatTrick: Winning makes everything better"@rinkside: Great night for the #FlaPanthers org. Cats win. @sarampage win. @CincyCyclones win."ad coach of the Panthers (on Fox Sports Florida)

@hockeyislife60: Shutout in the first game of the season. BOOM. I believe in 60 forever & always. #weseered #FLApanthers

@puckmaster35: #FlaPanthers looking good!!!! I highly suggest to all my twitter followers that u go to their games this season!!!!

@tonyfigcis: Great win @FlaPanthers nice to see the #flapanthers #winning on the road and starting season on the right foot (paw?).
 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Matt Ragovin: our defense looks very good so far and i like how Dineen used everyone on the bench

Hockey Puck: This is the beginning!!!

Gregory Cordero: they really looked impressive tonight. Great goaltending by Theodore!

Paolo Torres: this is a new era for the panthers indeed.. winning will be a constant... they are a solid team all around

Alejandro Hernandez: Pantheeeeeeeeeeeeeeers wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin,good job guys!!!!
 
2. Jose Theodore pitched the shutout with his 27 save effort. It was the second time in franchise history that a Panthers goalie recorded a shutout in the season opener. The other time (ironically also a 2-0 victory) was recorded while opening the 2005-06 season as Roberto Luongo turned away 34 shots in the victory over Atlanta.

4. Three different Panthers finished tied for the team lead in shots with four each. Weiss (goal), David Booth and Sean Bergenheim all recorded four shots. Garrison (goal) and Jack Skille were each one shot back with three.

5. Five different skaters recorded point for the Panthers against the Islanders, including Campbell (two assists), Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg all picking up their first points as Panthers.

30:04. If it looked like Campbell was all over the ice Saturday night, it's because he was as he finished with a game-high 30:04 of ice time. The next closest player? New York's Mark Streit who at 24:58 was 5:06 less than Campbell. Garrison, the Panthers closest player finished with 24:39 of ice time (5:25 less).

80. Weiss finished with an impressive 80% winning percentage on face-offs in the offensive zone as he went 8-10. Overall, Weiss had a great start as he won 13 of 22 face-offs for a 59% winning percentage.
 
Brian Campbell
Brian Campbell picked up two assists in the first period, with both being of the pretty on the eyes variety.

0 G, 2 A, 2 PTS, 0 PIM
30:14 TOI, 2 SHOT
 
 
The Panthers get two days off in-between the game against the Islanders and their second game of the season in Pittsburgh. The Penguins on the other hand play in back-to-back games Saturday at Calgary and Sunday at Edmonton before flying all the way across country for Tuesday's game. Don't expect a let down from the Pens however as the game will be the home opener for the team from Pennsyvania. Led by Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins will be juiced up for the start of their home slate to the 2011-12 season.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 61 21 15 -9 36
J. Huberdeau 58 9 24 4 33
A. Ekblad 61 9 23 6 32
J. Jokinen 60 6 25 -3 31
B. Boyes 59 10 18 6 28
J. Hayes 52 17 10 -5 27
A. Barkov 50 9 12 -4 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
B. Campbell 61 3 17 1 20
D. Bolland 37 3 13 2 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 22 16 11 .921 2.38
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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