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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Penguins 1

Panthers get big games from Shore, Clemmensen, Huberdeau and Winchester in stopping Pens 13-game home winning streak.

Monday, 01.20.2014 / 10:20 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
Mon
1/20/2014
5-1
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 3 0 5
Penguins 0 0 1 0 1
FLA - SH - D. Shore (2), D. Shore, D. Kulikov (4), J. Huberdeau (8), S. Matthias (5)
PIT - M. Niskanen (7)
  
   

PITTSBURGH —  (NHL.com) - The Florida Panthers handed the Pittsburgh Penguins their first home loss in over two months on Monday.

Drew Shore scored two goals to lead the Panthers to a 5-1 win at Consol Energy Center. Shore, who had four career goals entering the game, scored the first goal with 4:11 remaining in the opening period.

FULL RECAP
 
"That's when you know everything is going your way...when you get an assist."

- Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen
 
1. Shore It's A Shorty: Heading into the game, the Panthers knew they had to limit their penalties against the Penguins. Yes they had killed off every single penalty in over nine games but the Penguins had the league's number one power play unit at 24.7%. Shorthanded? Not a problem as not only did they kill off the Penguins power play chances but they started the scoring with a shorthanded goal thanks to Drew Shore. Netminder Scott Clemmensen got the play started and Shore fired a shot top shelf for a 1-0 lead with 4:14 left in the first. The forward wasn't done as he gave them a 2-0 cushion late in the second period.

2. The Clemmer: It was thought that Tim Thomas would be between the pipes but with the netminder under the weather, Scott Clemmensen got the nod for his first action in about three weeks (Dec. 29 vs Montreal). The time off definitely didn't have ill effects as Clemmensen kept the mighty Penguins offense frustrated the entire night. His busiest period of work came in the first period when he turned aside 14 shots on his way to stopping 35 shots for his fifth victory in his last seven games.

3. Streak Busters: Pittsburgh had come into the game on a tear at home. Winners of 13 straight, the Penguins hadn't lost at CONSOL Energy Center since Nov. 13 against Pittsburgh. Florida gave them their fourth home loss on the season after Dmitry Kulikov gave them a 3-0 lead and after Pittsburgh finally broke through, the Cats got goals from Jonathan Huberdeau (after a lengthy review) and Shawn Matthias 12 second apart to win the game going away. It was a gritty, gutty performance as they constantly frustrated one of the league's powerhouses, in fact the best team in the Eastern Conference. 
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@turbuLENTZ: How to beat the Penguins...allow the @FlaPanthers to Clemmenstrate. 

@sunnielove17: Panthers melted the ice in Pittsburg!!! #RedRising @FlaPanthers

@OaknerRyan: AWESOME road win for the @FlaPanthers tonight against one of the best teams in hockey! Would love to see them keep this up! #REDRising

@sarahmpineda: Such an amazing game for the @FlaPanthers what a win

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Andrew Levine: Great win, solid team effort. No excuses about being overlooked, injuries, didnt play top goalie. Won series 2-1! Awesome

Christopher Carlsson: Fantastic game! Welcome back, Jesse Winchester. Great work as always by Scott Clemmensen, congrats to the assist

Samuel David Litt: Had a lot of fun watching that one. Props to Clemmensen.

Michael Frazier: That's just a damn good win against one the best in the east... in their building. Cats are playing solid hockey
 


1. He kept the Penguins at bay for most of the night in limiting them to one goal but he also set up a goal as Scott Clemmensen recorded his first assist of the season on Drew Shore's first goal of the night.

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 Scoring the first two goals of the game, Shore notched his first two-goal game of his career.

3. Missing the last 14 games due to an upper body injury, forward Jesse Winchester didn't look any worse for the wear as he picked up three assists, his first multi-point game in a Panthers uniform and a career high in points.

5. Looking for a goal Monday night, just make sure defenseman Mike Weaver is on the ice. The blueliner finished the game a career-high plus-5 in the contest.

12. 12 seconds. Blink and you missed it as Jonathan Huberdeau and Shawn Matthias put a cap on the win with goals late in the third period.

 
Scott Clemmensen
Stopping pucks, setting up goals, netminder Scott Clemmensen did it all as he turned aside all but one Pittsburgh shot.

Assist, 36 Shots, 35 Saves, .972 SV%
 
 
The Cats are right back at it as they close out their three-game road trip in Buffalo. It will be their second meeting in less than two weeks at First Niagara Center with the Panthers pulling out a 2-1 come-from-behind shootout victory. Buffalo who fell 4-3 in the shootout in their last game on Saturday against Columbus currently sit eighth in the Atlantic Division with 33 points (13-27-7) in 47 games. Offensively, Cody Hodson (24 points in 37 games) leads the way while Ryan Miller has posted a .927 save percentage and 2.60 GAA with a 12-18-3 record between the pipes.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
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