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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 3, Devils 0

See the stats and facts from the Panthers' Game 5 victory

Saturday, 04.21.2012 / 10:31 PM ET / News
By Carly Peters  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Post-Game Notes: Panthers 3, Devils 0
POSTGAME NOTES: FLORIDA 3, NEW JERSEY 0

A sellout crowd of 19,513 watched tonight’s game at BankAtlantic Center.  It’s the largest crowd for any playoff game the Panthers have played in – home or away – with tonight being Florida’s 36th playoff game in franchise history. Florida totaled 19,250 fans in both Games 3 and 4 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the BankAtlantic Center.

Florida shut out its opponent for the third time in postseason history, previously earning a 3-0 victory vs. the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on April 17, 1997.

The Panthers now lead the series 3-2, earning a third victory for the first time since Game 6 of the 1996 Eastern Conference Finals (which they went on to win in Game 7).

Jose Theodore made 30 saves to earn his second win of the postseason and his 21st career playoff victory. It is his second career playoff shutout, previously stopping all 32 shots for Montreal in a 2-0 win at Boston on April 19, 2004.

Kris Versteeg opened the game’s scoring with a power-play goal and added an assist. He now has four points (2-2-4) in five playoff games, totaling 36 points (13-23-36) in 55 postseason games. Versteeg started the regular season by setting a franchise record for most points in the first 20 games of the season (11-14-25) and, despite missing 11 games (including nine late in the season with a lower-body injury) totaled career highs in points and goals, while matching his assist high (23-31-54).

Scottie Upshall scored his first goal of the postseason and now has three points (1-2-3) in five games. The goal marked his 10th point (4-6-10) in 24 career playoff games.

Shawn Matthias tallied his first career playoff point with an assist on Upshall’s goal. He set career highs in points, goals and assists (10-14-24) in 79 games this regular season.

Stephen Weiss tallied the primary assist on Versteeg’s goal and has three points (2-1-3) in five playoff games. He made his NHL playoff debut last Friday after skating 10 seasons with the Panthers, totaling 390 points (144-246-390) in 637 games. This season, he became the franchise leader in assists with his 232nd on Jan. 16 and the franchise leader for most games played with his 614th game on Feb. 23. He also ranks second in franchise history in points and fourth in goals.

Brian Campbell notched an assist on Versteeg’s goal and now has four points (1-3-4) in his last four games, totaling 42 points (9-33-42) in 95 career playoff games. He ranked T-2nd among all NHL defensemen with 53 points (4-49-53) in 82 games this regular season, while setting a franchise record for defensemen with 30 power-play assists and tying a franchise record for defensemen with 49 helpers.

Jerred Smithson totaled a game-high nine hits (matching his regular-season high) and was a perfect 6-for-6 in the faceoff circle in 11:10 TOI.

Defenseman Tyson Strachan was recalled from San Antonio (AHL) earlier in the day and made his NHL playoff debut, totaling a +1 rating and one blocked shot in 13:26 TOI.

The Panthers went 1-for-6 on the power play, moving to 7-for-22 in the series. Florida went 3-for-3 with the man advantage in their victory Tuesday, before going 0-for-6 in Thursday’s loss.

Florida moved to 3-2 in the fifth game of a playoff series. The Panthers played their first Game 5 since a 3-2 overtime loss that ended their run against the New York Rangers in the 1997 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and earned their first Game 5 victory since notching a 2-1 double-overtime win at Philadelphia in the 1996 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

All five games this series have started with a team grabbing a 3-0 lead.

Florida and New Jersey played in a scoreless first period for the second consecutive game.

Four Panthers missed the game with injury, including defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who missed his first game with a lower-body injury. Florida has now lost 13 man games to injury in the postseason, after losing 340 man games to injury during the regular season.
 
EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE – SERIES C – PANTHERS LEAD 3-2
Game 1: Friday, April 13 vs. New Jersey – Devils 3, Panthers 2
Game 2: Sunday, April 15 vs. New Jersey – Panthers 4, Devils 2
Game 3: Tuesday, April 17 at New Jersey – Panthers 4, Devils 3
Game 4: Thursday, April 19 at New Jersey – Devils 4, Panthers 0
Game 5: Saturday, April 21 vs. New Jersey – Panthers 3, Devils 0
Game 6: Tuesday, April 24 at New Jersey TBD (TBD)
*Game 7: Thursday, April 26 vs. New Jersey TBD (TBD)
*If necessary

POSTSEASON MEDIA GUIDE
A complete review of the Panthers’ 2011-12 regular season, along with team and player postseason statistics can be accessed at: www.floridapanthers.com/seasonreview
The Panthers’ 2011-12 regular-season guide can be accessed at www.floridapanthers.com/mediaguide

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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