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About Last Night: Panthers 3, Sharks 2

Luongo turns aside 52 shots as Panthers hand Sharks rare home loss.

Wednesday, 03.19.2014 / 10:50 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Panthers 3, Sharks 2

ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

PANTHERS 3, SHARKS 2

If you didn’t stay up, then you missed a spectacular individual effort. The Florida Panthers rode an astonishing 52 save performance from goaltender Roberto Luongo against the San Jose Sharks all the way to a 3-2 victory at the Shark Tank. The Panthers scored three goals in the second period, including two in a 17 second span, and endured a 29 shot third period blitz to hold onto the huge win.

Numbers on the Board

52: Saves made by Luongo.

5: Times in his Panthers’ career, including last night, that Luongo has made 50 or more saves. He is 4-1 in those games. The one loss? A 57 save performance in a 3-2 loss against Detroit in 2002.

6: Number of Panthers’ wins in franchise history when their goaltender has made 50 or more saves. They are 6-1-1 in those games.

29: Number of shots taken by the Sharks in the third period last night, a San Jose franchise record. Lu turned away 28 of those 29 shots.

Second Period Power

The Panthers turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead in hurry last night, netting two goals in a 17-second span in the second stanza. Brandon Pirri jumpstarted the offense, scoring his ninth of the season, and third with the Panthers, at 11:23 into the frame. On the ensuing shift, the Cats struck again as Quinton Howden found the back of the net with assists from Pirri and Jimmy Hayes.

The trio of Hayes-Pirri-Howden continues to be the hottest line on the team. With two points last night, Pirri now has seven (3-4-7) in his last five games. Howden continued his streak of recording a point in each of his four games (3-1-4) with the Panthers this season, and Hayes has nine points (5-4-9) in his last nine games.

Reppin’ on the West Coast

Swimming With Sharks

The Sharks have been one of the most dominant teams over the past decade and an important part of that dominance has been the distinct home-ice advantage they have had over the years.

None of that matters for the Panthers who, for some reason, seem to enjoy playing in San Jose. The Cats have won their past three games at the Shark Tank and the Sharks have not beaten the Panthers in the Bay since December 8, 2005.

The Sharks have been especially tough at home this season. Their loss to the Cats last night was only their fifth home loss in regulation as the team has compiled a record of 25-5-4 at SAP Center.

The Panthers win also put an end to San Jose’s six-game winning streak, terminating any early Shark Week celebrations in Silicon Valley.

Getting Gritty

The Panthers blocked 24 shots last night compared to the nine blocked by San Jose. That is the type of gritty performance required to beat a top team like the Sharks.

The Cats also killed off four straight penalties in the third period including 51-seconds of a 5-on-3 opportunity.

Boyes and the Sharks

The game last night was a homecoming of sorts for Brad Boyes… well kind of. Boyes made his NHL debut with the Sharks but that would turn out to be the only game he played with the team.

Boyes made his debut with the Sharks on March 7, 2004. He was traded to the Bruins on March 9 for D Jeff Jillson. Boyes has 168 career NHL goals so far, Jillson stopped at nine.

Luongo Highlight Reel

If you stayed up late to watch the entire game last night you are probably just as bleary-eyed and delirious as I am. This being the case you are probably sick of reading, so let’s finish with some easy-to-digest videos, to take us to the finish. The Cats are in Phoenix on Thursday. Until then enjoy the afterglow from last night.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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