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Panthers Wrap-Up: Avalanche 3, Panthers 2

Down three, Cats make furious third period comeback attempt but come up short against Avs.

Friday, 01.24.2014 / 11:05 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Avalanche 3, Panthers 2
Down three, Cats make furious third period comeback attempt but come up short against Avs.
Fri
1/24/2014
2-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 2 0 2
Avalanche 2 1 0 0 3
FLA - S. Upshall (8), S. Upshall (9)
COL - R. O'Reilly (19), P. Stastny (14), J. McGinn (11)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Ryan O'Reilly continued his strong offensive play Friday night for the surging Colorado Avalanche.

O'Reilly had a goal and an assist when the Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2 at BB&T Center, giving the forward five goals and two assists in the past six games.

FULL RECAP
 
"We beat ourself early on. Not a very good effort in the first period and that kind of gets the game going for certain teams. They were ready to play.."

- Panthers defenseman Tom Gilbert
 
1. Early Scoring: The Avalanche used some pretty passing plays to get on the board and take a 3-0 lead. It started early as budding superstar Matt Duchene found Ryan O'Reilly 1:34 in and then with 3:47 left in the period it was Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog finding a wide open Paul Stastny. All alone in front of the net, Stastny out waited Tim Thomas for a 2-0 cushion. The Avs went back to the pretty passing in the second as Duchene and O'Reilly combined to set up Jamie McGinn who finished it off with one of those goals no goalie could stop with seven minutes left.

2. PK Success: Even with allowing two goals in the last game to end a franchise high 10-game opponent goalless streak, the Panthers penalty kill units have been fantastic and they were up to the task against the high powered Avs, killing off both Colorado power plays. They limited Colorado to just one shot on goal in the four minutes of power play time.

3. Throw The Sink: The Panthers came out firing in the third throwing everything including the kitchen sink at the Avs and netminder Semyon Varlamov. They were rewarded with a goal as Scottie Upshall scored with five minutes gone in the period for his 100th career goal, batting the puck past Varlamov while in the goal crease. They made it a one goal game as Tom Gilbert blasted a turnover past Varlamov with 1:43 to play. Unfortunately that's all they could get as Varlamov stood strong in thwarting the Cat attack as the Avs held on for the victory despite the Cats putting 20 shots on net. 
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@DelaneyWarters: SO PROUD OF @FlaPanthers BC THEY CAME BACK FROM 3-0 TO 3-2 AND HAD SO MANY CHANCES. AMAZING JOB BOYS<3

@lovealexis98: We needed one more goal! Oh well! Good Game Boys(: #FlaPanthers #ComeBackCats @FlaPanthers

@baseballLuis: @FlaPanthers SOUND THAT HORN.#FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Debbie Fritz Quincy: Kept it interesting in the 3rd!

Jeffrey Hernandez: Can't start games slow...really liked to see the improved effort in the third and the hunger for the tying goal, but it wasn't our night. We'll bounce back Sunday…#BelieveRED

Julie Hebron: Cats put up a good fight but just couldn't dominate their prey!! 
 


3. The Panthers had a couple of big hitters in the game as Dmitry Kulikov and Sean Bergenheim finished with a game high three hits.

6. Scoring both of Florida's goals in the third period, Scottie Upshall picked up his sixth multi-point game of the season

77. Playing in his first game since Dec. 28, center Scott Gomez was great in the face-off dot winning 10 of his 13 face-offs.

100. Getting the Cats on the board in the third, Scottie Upshall picked up his 100th career NHL goal with his eighth of the season.

100. The teams combined to go perfect on the penalty kill as each team killed off both of their opponents power play chances.

 
Semyon Varlamov
Was under seige in the third period but kept the Panthers from tying it up in making 18 of his 34 saves in the final 20 minutes of play.

36 Shots, 34 Saves, .944 SV%
 
 
The Panthers hit the road for four straight beginning with a Sunday 5pm start in Detroit. This will be the fourth meeting between the two Atlantic Division foes with the Cats having won two of the first three, with both wins coming via the shootout. The last time the Cats were in Florida, the Panthers stormed back from two down in the third to win 3-2 in the shootout on Dec. 9. Detroit who downed Montreal 4-1 on Friday night, are currently in fifth place in the Atlantic with 56 points (23-18-10) in 51 games. The Wings are led by Henrik Zetterberg (44 points in 40 games) and Pavel Datsyuk (32 points in 35 games) while Jimmy Howard has posted a 9-12-8 record with a 2.64 GAA and .916 save percentage between the pipes and Jonas Gustavsson is 13-3-2 with a 2.39 GAA and .916 save percentage.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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