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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 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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