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Postgame Notes vs. New Jersey

Monday, 11.21.2011 / 11:29 PM ET / News
By Carly Peters  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Postgame Notes vs. New Jersey
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The Panthers seem to out-do themselves with each win they compile this season. Take a look at the many records broken in tonight's 4-3, comeback win against the Devils:

The Panthers earned their largest regulation comeback victory in franchise history, taking the 4-3 win after being down in the second period. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the second time Florida has ever come back from three goals down to take the win, previously coming back from a 4-1 deficit to earn a 5-4 overtime win against Toronto on Feb. 10, 2009.

At 11-6-3 on the year, Florida is off to its best start to the season since posting a 11-5-2-2 record through 20 games in 1999-2000. Florida has taken points in eight of its last 10 games (5-2-3).

With the win and 25 points on the year, the Panthers remain in first place in the Southeast Division, ahead of Washington (23 points), and moved to second in the Eastern Conference standings, jumping the Sabres (24 points), who did not play tonight.

The Panthers are on a two-game win streak, their first win streak at home this season. Florida also tied a season high for most goals at home (10/22 vs. NYI).

The Panthers top line contributed on all four Florida goals, combining for seven points on the night (4-3-7). The Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg line has now accounted for more than half of the team's goals (30-of-59 goals this season, 50.85%) and 66 (28-38-66) of the team's 161 points (59-102-161), good for 40.99% of the team's offensive output. Fleischmann and Weiss are T-4th in the NHL with a +14 rating, while Versteeg is T-8th with a +12 rating.

Stephen Weiss tied the game with the Panthers second shorthanded goal of the season (Bergenheim, 10/17 at TBL). He notched three points on the night (1-2-3), earning a +4 rating. Weiss now has 19 points (6-13-19) in 29 career games against New Jersey, 10 points (3-7-10) in his last six games and moved into second place on the Panthers with 21 points (8-13-21) this season.

Kris Versteeg tied a career high with a +3 rating, added to his team lead with his 10th and 11th goals of the season, and assisted on the game winner for his team-best 25th point of the year. In just 20 games, he's halfway to equaling his career high of 22 goals, set in 78 games with Chicago during the 2008-09 season. It took 38 games for Versteeg to total 11 goals last season. He had his team-leading sixth multi-point game of the season, and Florida is now 5-1-0 on the season when he tallies more than one point in the game. He has 12 points (6-6-12) in his last six games.

Tomas Fleischmann netted the game winner and tied a season high with a +3 rating. He has 20 points (9-11-20) on the season to rank third on the Panthers.

The Florida blue line continued to contribute, adding to their NHL lead in points from defenesmen with four assists on the night. The Panthers d-men have now compiled 58 points (12-46-58) on the season. Jason Garrison matched a career high with two assists, while Kulikov and Weaver also added helpers.

Florida allowed only three Devils shots on goal in the third period, a new season best (4 shots allowed; 2X, MR 11/15 at DAL 1st period).

Florida earned its first victory of the season when trailing after two periods and are now 1-5-2 on the year, while the Devils picked up their first lost when leading entering the third period, now sitting at 4-1-0.

The Panthers are now 9-1-2 on the year when totaling at least three goals in the game.

The Panthers allowed three goals in a period for the first time this season. They had previously allowed two goals in a frame 10 times this season. The Panthers have only given up two goals in the first period once this season, ending the opening frame in Tampa Oct. 17 tied, 2-2. Florida also tied its season-best for fewest shots allowed in a game, (25, 11/15 at DAL).

Florida continues its Thanksgiving Feast four-game homestand when it hosts the New York Rangers in the third contest of the week at 7:30 on FS Florida and 560 WQAM.

Postgame Quotes

Panthers Head Coach Kevin Dineen on the close game:
"I think tonight we got our tails handed to us for about 10 minutes and there are decisions to be made then and I think what happened was over a 20-game span, you learn a little bit about your people and about your team and felt that staying the course was a good play and had nothing to do with coaching, it has to do with the quality of players and people that you have here. They have found a way numerous times to this year and tonight was a really good example of that, so I give the players a lot of credit. They just kept coming at them; they started the second period with a lot of tempo to our game and kinda got back to our game plan.  We really came out flat when they scored a couple of goals. We certainly have made some entertaining nights at the Bank Atlantic and tonight will certainly fit right in with that."

Panthers Head Coach Kevin Dineen on the three-goal deficit and not using a goalie change or timeout:
"Well, I don’t like burning that timeout. I don’t hang those goals on my goalie, I just felt that Jose has put a pretty good body of work together for us the last two weeks and he deserved a chance to rally with the team as we rallied around him. I think, at the end of the day, our push back was very strong tonight and continued through the final 40 minutes."

Stephen Weiss on the motivation to beat former Panthers coach Peter DeBoer:
"Sure, but like I said, that’s out the window. If you start worrying about that, your head's not in the right place. We've got bigger things to worry about, like getting wins at home and continuing to get points and increase our lead."




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


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
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

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