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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Rangers 1

Panthers win third straight home game despite Lundqvist's efforts.

Wednesday, 11.23.2011 / 11:06 PM ET / Wrap Up
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Rangers 1
WED
11/23/2011
2-1
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 0 0 2
RANGERS 0 1 0 0 1
FLA - PPG - J. Garrison (8), K. Versteeg (12)
NYR - D. Stepan (4)
  
   
SUNRISE, FLA (NHL.com) - Tomas Fleischmann showed his remarkable passing skills Wednesday night, along with the ability to bounce back from a dirty hit.

Fleischmann set up both Florida goals, by Jason Garrison and Kris Versteeg, to help Panthers continue their hot start with a 2-1 victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.


FULL RECAP
 
"We had a big effort tonight. The guys really played strong a full sixty minutes. That's what we needed for sure. We put together some good games but I feel that this was  a pretty good complete game."

- Defenseman Jason Garrison on the Panthers win.
 
1. Letting Go The Boom: Defenseman Jason Garrison got the Panthers on the board with his eighth goal of the season as he connected on a shot from downtown 10:09 into the opening period. Recording his fourth power play goal of the season, Garrison has been fantastic from the point as his eight goals lead all NHL defensemen. What makes his goals even better as they have all come from just inside of the blueline or near it. Garrison is connecting on 14% of his shots this season and he isn't afraid to use his cannon as he is second on the team in shots (57; only trailing Kris Versteeg's 60). Garrison's howitzer has been fun to watch, if you can slow it down that is and watch the replays.

2. Flash's Resilience: Tomas Fleischmann was having a great game until about midway through the middle stanza. The winger picked up the second assist on Garrison's first period goal after making a move around a defender before putting the pass back to Brian Campbell. He then beautifully set up Versteeg for his 12th of the season with a no look pass from below the goal line. Then midway through the period, Fleischmann was blindsided by an elbow from Rangers forward Andre Deveaux. Laying on the ice for several minutes and Deveaux was given a match penalty for hit to the head. The Panthers couldn't score on the five-minute major, missing a key cog to the man advantage in Fleischmann. Down for awhile, Fleischmann was not out as the came back from the scary hit with less than a minute in the second. The winger finished the gamewith the two assists and 17:52 of ice time.

3. Almost Foiled By Lundqvist: Florida held a distinct shot advantage (38-20) and almost doubled the amount of scoring chances (at least from our point of view) so the score of the game could have been a blow out if not for the heroics of Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist. While facing just seven shots in the opening period, the goaltender was extremely active in the final periods when Florida brought it. Lundqvist turned aside 13 shots in the second and all 17 in the third in keeping New York within striking distance.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@erbacaaa: What a game for the #FlaPanthers! I haven't had this level of confidence in our team since Pavel and @valbure were taking shifts #WeSeeRed

@MetsPanthersFan: Hey, how about them #flapanthers! 3 straight at home. Loving it in South Florida!

@decodekb: I can't stop smiling at the fact that the #FlaPanthers beat the Rangers tonight! #sooooohappy

@MDWaas: #FlaPanthers win! 3 in a row baby! #thatshot #weseered

@ab9dont: #FlaPanthers what up? Besides your season record of course. #winning

@FredDiesel: I'm thankful for another great @FlaPanthers win tonight on home ice, 3 for 3 holiday feast, Friday night we go for the sweep #weseered

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Charles V. Mazza: Loved the way they played tonight, awesome control of the puck, they were everywhere and battled hard every single shift. This definitely looks like a playoff team. Great work by Theodore! From Montreal with love!

Aaron Wong: Just amazing team play tonight GO CATS!!!!!!!!

Thomas Ouillette: Awesome grind Cats. To all my fellow Panther fans.....Happy Thanksgiving! !

Adam Hernandez: Great win guys again +1 in the respect column for all but a special shout out to flash they jumped him every chance they got take it as a compliment my man you are a threat every time your blades meet ice glad you're ok and again you already know what's coming theo ;D a tip of my hat to thee GO CATS GO!!!

Mark Johnson: Wow. Somebody pinch me! But I know I'm not dreaming'. These CATS are for real! Skip the turkey, I can't wait for Friday night!!!


 

4. Jason Garrison put the Panthers on the board with his power play blast 10:06 into the first period. It was his eighth goal of the season. Half of those goals have come on the man advantage, which ties him for the lead (Kris Versteeg).

5. Picking up assists on the Panthers first two goals, Tomas Fleischmann registered the fifth multi-point game of the season. The Flash has 13 helpers on the young season and has 22 points in 20 games

12.
The Panthers allowed eight Rangers shots in the opening period but Florida's defense clamped down allowing just 12 shots over the final 40 minutes. New York only had four shots on net in the second period.

50. The Rangers were physical but putting up 50 hits on the Panthers is mind-boggling. Rangers winger Brandon Dubinsky had almost half of the Panthers total, registering 10 hits compared to the 19 of Florida.

68.
Center Stephen Weiss continued his dominance in the face-off circle as he won 13 of his 19 draws (68%). None bigger were two of the three he won in the final minute after a couple of icings.
 
Tomas Fleischmann
Tomas Fleischmann had a hand in both Panthers goals, setting up the game-winner with a beautiful no look pass and returned from a scary hit midway through the second.

2 Assists, +1, 17:52 of ice time
 
 
Florida closes out their four game homestand Friday night against cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is already the third meeting between the two at the BankAtlantic Center. Both previous meetings have finished with the one-on-one session. In the Panthers home opener, Marcel Goc scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Panthers a 3-2 victory. Then on November 6th, Tampa Bay came back from three goals down and got the shootout winner from former Panther Dominic Moore for a 4-3 victory. Tampa was beat soundly on Tuesday, falling 7-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in their previous game and enter the game at 9-9-2.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

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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