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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Sharks 2

Panthers strike for three goals in the second, Luongo makes 52 saves in the win.

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 1:35 AM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Sharks 2
Panthers strike for three goals in the second, Luongo makes 52 saves in the win.
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3/18/2014
3-2
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 3 0 0 3
Sharks 0 1 1 0 2
FLA - B. Pirri (9), Q. Howden (3), S. Upshall (14)
SJS - PP - M. Havlat (8), B. Burns (19)
  
   

SAN JOSE —  (NHL.com) - Roberto Luongo stopped 52 shots, and Brandon Pirri, Quinton Howden and Scottie Upshall scored second-period goals to lift the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday night.

Luongo made 28 of his saves in the third period for the Panthers (26-35-8), who snapped the Sharks' six-game winning streak. The Sharks outshot Florida 29-2 in the third period but scored only once; Brent Burns beat Luongo with 3:03 remaining to cut the margin to one goal.

FULL RECAP
 
"It's pretty impressive. He's a confident guy. He's our backbone. We'd like to help him out a little more. He did his job and he's the reason we got the two points."

- Panthers forward Brandon Pirri on the play of goaltender Roberto Luongo.
 
1. Lu Sanity: The Sharks had great chances, particularly early on at the Shark Tank and then in the third period, but Roberto Luongo stood strong between the pipes in turning aside 52 shots in the victory. Over half of his saves (28) came in the third period with Florida holding on to the lead and San Jose looking to tie the game. He came up with a big save after Patrick Marleau set up Logan Couture, who found himself all alone in front of the net with 7:54 remaining in the first. Then, a minute after San Jose scored in the second, #1 made a big save on Dan Boyle on a cross-ice one-timer. Late in the third, he stoned Joe Pavelski on the doorstep to keep the game at 3-2.

2. Young Gun Trio: The Young Gun trio of Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri and Quinton Howden were all over the ice on Tuesday night against the Sharks. The line continued to produce offensively for the Cats as they turned a deficit into a lead just 17 seconds apart midway through the second. First, it was Pirri collecting his sixth point (3-3-6) in the last five games as he netted his ninth of the season. Right after, Howden stretched his own point streak to four games (3-1-4) when he scored his third of the season. The new linemates were buzzing all night, as they finished with four points (2-2-4) and 10 shots.

3. Battling For Two: Florida did a great job in weathering the early and late storms in San Jose, with the Sharks throwing a lot at Luongo. The big saves by the netminder gave them confidence and they turned that into momentum. After a scoreless first, the Panthers erupted for three goals in the second, including a Scottie Upshall goal late in the period to give the crowd something to boo about. It wasn't a perfect road game but it was a big two points. Florida has shown all season that they can hang with and beat the NHL's best, especially in traditionally tough places to play (Montreal, Colorado, Vancouver, etc).
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@PenielBermudez1: Wow. What a game by Lu. He sure stole the show tonight! @FlaPanthers @strombone1

@SoFloMC: Best reason to be a lil slow at work tomorrow... What. A. Game!! Big fat W for our @FlaPanthers Well done boys!! #NHLSoFloMC

@MrBoothinator: Huge character win for @FlaPanthers at the Shark Tank! 2 points by Pirri and 52 saves by Roberto Luongo en route to a 3-2 victory! :)

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Joe Fiore: Who replaced Luongo with a wall?

Chris Cui: Lou is the best goalie in the world!

Mitch Conner: Now THAT'S a game. Well done boys!
 

1. Called up on Monday, forward Garrett Wilson made his NHL debut against the Sharks, finishing with three hits on 8:07 of ice time.

7. Picking up two points on the night (1-1-2), center Brandon Pirri has seven points (3-4-7) in his last five games, recording three multi-point games over that span.

14.8. Scottie Upshall scored his 14th of the season with 14.8 seconds remaining in the second period.

17. Pirri and Quinton Howden scored 17 seconds apart (11:23 and 11:40 mark) in the second period to take the lead against the Sharks.

52. Finishing with 52 saves, it was the second time in Roberto Luongo's Panthers career where he made more than 50 saves in a win. He made 53 saves in a 3-2 win against Washington on Dec. 18, 2005.

 
Roberto Luongo
Was easily the best player the entire night (and the busiest), turning aside 52 shots in the win. Made 28 stops in the third alone.

54 Shots, 52 Saves, .963 SV%
 
 
Florida heads south and out of the state of California for their only non-Cali game of the four-game road trip on Thursday as they take on the Phoenix Coyotes. They'll then return to California for games against Los Angeles and Anaheim over the weekend before heading back home for a three-game homestand against Ottawa (3/25), Carolina (3/27) and Montreal (3/29). It will be the second time in less than two weeks that the teams will meet after Phoenix earned a 3-1 victory in Sunrise on March 11. The Coyotes currently occupy eighth in the Western Conference with 77 points (33-25-11).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 62 22 15 -8 37
J. Jokinen 61 6 28 -1 34
J. Huberdeau 59 9 24 2 33
A. Ekblad 62 9 23 8 32
B. Boyes 60 10 21 8 31
J. Jagr 58 11 18 -11 29
J. Hayes 53 17 10 -5 27
B. Campbell 62 3 19 3 22
A. Barkov 51 9 12 -6 21
T. Fleischmann 52 7 14 12 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .920 2.40
A. Montoya 4 6 2 .893 2.98
 
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