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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 - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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