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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Sabres 0

Luongo turns aside all 25 shots to pitch shut out in return to Panthers.

Friday, 03.07.2014 / 11:08 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 2, Sabres 0
Luongo turns aside all 25 shots to pitch shut out in return to Panthers.
Fri
3/7/2014
2-0
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 0 1 0 2
Sabres 0 0 0 0 0
FLA - PP - J. Winchester (9), PP - D. Kulikov (7)
BUF - NONE
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - The script couldn't have been written any better for Roberto Luongo's return to the Florida Panthers.

In his first start since being traded from the Vancouver Canucks back to the Panthers, Luongo made 25 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Florida beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 at BB&T Center on Friday night.

FULL RECAP
 
"It was nice, a great reception from the start and I thought the boys played extremely well...We're a really fast team. I was impressed by the speed that we generated. The future is very promising."

- Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo.
 
1. Lu's Return: Leading up to the game all eyes were on #1 between the pipes and rightfully so. In his first game back for the Panthers, Roberto Luongo certainly had a return to remember. While he wasn't as tested as his counterpart Michal Neuvirth, Luongo came up with the saves when he needed to as he turned aside all 25 Buffalo shots for his 66th career shutout and 27th in a Panthers uniform. It took 63 games for Florida to register their first shutout of the season and it came in Luongo's first game back. His biggest save came with 4:42 remaining in the second and the Cats holding on to a 1-0 lead. Tyler Ennis found himself all alone in front of the net and the rebound came onto his stick. With the Cats netminder down, he made a huge right pad save to keep the Sabres off the board.

2. Powered Up: Buffalo certainly helped along the way (see Marcus Foligno's five minute boarding call) but Florida definetly drew some penalties on their way to eight power plays on the night. And that's where they did their damage as Jesse Winchester and Dmitry Kulikov scored the only goals the Panthers would need in the 2-0 victory. Winchester's was a sweet redirect on a pass from Scottie Upshall with five seconds remaining on Foligno's major in the first and then Kulikov let a bomb go 4:04 into the third. Rookie Vincent Trocheck, making his NHL debut, was instrumental in drawing two power plays on the night.

3. Team Win: Yes the night was about Louie but during his post-game comments the netminder deflected credit to his teammates. Florida held play in the Sabres end for the majority of the night as evidence by the 44-25 shot disparity. Neuvirth was under fire all night from the likes of Sean Bergenheim who put up a whopping 12 shots as well as Tomas Fleischmann and Brandon Pirri who recorded five shots a piece. The defense cleared out a lot of rebounds limiting the second chances and the penalty kill killed off both Sabres power plays. Not too bad of a Friday night for the entire Cats team.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@ClineMJ: @FlaPanthers it's the start of a new era. In Viola We Trust. #RedRising

StacyAlbano: @FlaPanthers @strombone1 is home where he belongs!

@BrianPattyDoran: Luongo with the shutout. Great game with this new lineup. #Flapanthers @FlaPanthers

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Steve Levine: Awesome, excited to be a Panthers fan. He is a world class goalie who needed a new environment

Tyler Boross: This is the team that we need every game.

Robbie Potesta: how many vancouver fans got the florida app today? I take it more than a few
 


0. What a return for Roberto Luongo who pitched the shutout in stopping all 25 shots.

1. Playing in his first NHL game, 20-year old Vincent Trocheck had a great first 60 minutes, recording three shots on 17:35 of ice time. That total was the fifth highest among forwards.

2. The power play was all the Cats needed as they combined to go two-of-eight on the man advantage.

12. Forward Sean Bergenheim, who played a game high 24:42 also led by a large margin in the shot department with 12. The next closest skater was seven away (on either side).

65. Center Nick Bjugstad was once again strong in the face-off circle while pulling first line duties as he won 65% of his draws (15-of-23).

 
Roberto Luongo
As if it could be anyone else. The guy only pitched a shutout in his return to the team.

25 Shots, 25 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
Florida returns to the ice on Sunday when they look to win their first game of the season series against the Boston Bruins. It will be the final meeting between the two Atlantic Division foes with the Bruins winning the latest game 4-1 in Boston on Sunday. The Bruins are in Tampa Bay Saturday night before heading down to South Florida. They sit eight points clear of second place Montreal in the Atlantic Division. David Krejci, who netted a hat trick in the last game against the Cats, leads the way with 55 points (16-39-55) while Tuukka Rask owns a 2.13 GAA, .928 SV% and 27-14-4 record.

Author: Glenn Odebralski | FloridaPanthers.com

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 46 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 46 7 21 6 28
J. Huberdeau 43 9 17 1 26
J. Jokinen 45 4 21 -3 25
B. Boyes 44 10 12 2 22
J. Hayes 38 13 7 1 20
S. Bergenheim 35 8 9 2 17
A. Barkov 35 5 10 -5 15
B. Campbell 46 3 11 -1 14
D. Kulikov 41 1 13 -3 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 18 11 8 .920 2.42
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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