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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)

See the media notes from the Panthers' comeback win in Montreal

Tuesday, 03.27.2012 / 11:00 PM ET / News
By Carly Peters  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 3, Canadiens 2 (SO)
Florida swept the four-game season series with Montreal for the first time in franchise history.

The Panthers have points in nine of their last 10 games (6-1-3), allowing two goals (non-shootout) or less in all nine games they have earned points.

The Panthers hold a five-point lead over Washington for first place in the Southeast Division and the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference (four points behind No. 2 Boston). Florida has now been in first place for 117 days on the season, including a current run of 32 straight days following a two-goal, third-period comeback in a 3-2 shootout win in Carolina (Florida is 10-4-3 since that win). According to Elias Sports Bureau, this is the latest the Panthers have ever been in first place in their division, previously sitting in the top spot through 68 games on March 10, 2000.

The Panthers are 29-2-4 when tallying at least three goals this season (including four shootout wins).

At 37-24-15, Florida has its best record through 76 games since going 40-26-5-5 in 1999-2000. With six games left, the Panthers’ 89 points have already bested their full-season totals in nine of their previous 10 seasons.

Wojtek Wolski scored the game’s first goal, his first point since scoring five games ago, and added the lone goal of the shootout. He now has nine points (4-5-9) in 16 games with Florida after totaling three assists in nine games with the Rangers earlier this season. He moved to 2-for-6 with the Panthers and 24-of-57 (42.1%) all-time in the shootout.

Mikael Samuelsson tied the game in the third period. It was his first point in four games, but he now has 24 points (11-13-24) in 43 games with Florida after totaling three points (1-2-3) in six games with Vancouver to start the season.

Scott Clemmensen made 27 saves through regulation and stopped all three Canadiens in the shootout to move to 6-0-0 in seven career games against Montreal.

Erik Gudbranson dropped the gloves with Ryan White before earning the primary assist on Samulesson’s goal. He finished the night a +1 with four shots and three hits. He now has eight points (2-6-8) in 66 games for Florida during his rookie season.

Shawn Matthias skated in his 200th NHL game, winning 12-of-15 faceoffs. He has totaled 60 points (25-35-60) in parts of five seasons with Florida.

The Panthers moved to 14-3-3 against Canadian opponents this season, including a 6-2-1 record on the road.

Stephen Weiss’ season-high, six-game point streak (3-4-7) came to an end – one game shy of his career high (7 games, 12/11-12/21/09, 5-8-13) and Florida’s season high (Tomas Fleischmann: 7 games, 10/22-11/6/11, 4-5-9).

Two Panthers missed the game with injuries, as Florida has now lost 328 man games to injury this season.

Earlier in the day, Florida signed C Drew Shore to an entry-level contract. After three seasons at the University of Denver, the Panthers’ 2009 second-round selection will report to San Antonio.

The Panthers try to grab the second game of their four-game trip when they visit Minnesota Thursday at 8 ET on FOX Sports Florida and 560 WQAM.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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