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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Senators 2 (SO)

Comeback Cats strike again, coming back from 2-0 deficit to win in the shootout.

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 11:18 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Senators 2 (SO)
Comeback Cats strike again, coming back from 2-0 deficit to win in the shootout.
Tue
3/25/2014
3-2
1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 0 2 0 0 2-2 3
Senators 0 2 0 0 1-3 2
FLA - S. Bergenheim (15), V. Trocheck (3), SO - B. Pirri
OTT - M. Stone (2), PP - C. MacArthur (22)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Rookies Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri scored in the shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 3-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night.

After Kyle Turris opened the tiebreaker by beating Florida goalie Roberto Luongo, Trocheck tied it with a slick deke before sliding the puck past Robin Lehner. Ottawa's Jason Spezza then missed the net before Pirri snapped a shot through Lehner's five-hole. Luongo, who made a number of spectacular saves among his 37 stops through 65 minutes, ended the game with a sweeping glove grab of Milan Michalek's backhander.

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"Luongo made some big, big saves and kept it 0-0. That was huge. They played last night, it should have been the other way around, them trying to find their legs. It was important we responded."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
 
1. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner: Tuesday's game had it all including big saves, a flurry of goals at the end of the second, extra time and a Panthers shootout win. It took them a little longer to earn the extra point, as they had a power play opportunity in overtime, but Florida came out victorious in dramatic fashion. Young Guns Vincent Trocheck and Brandon Pirri skated in slowly on Robin Lehner, showed off some beautiful dekes and beat the Sens' netminder on their attempts. After Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa on their first shot, Roberto Luongo stoned both Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, flashing the glove on the latter to preserve the win.

2. 
Trading Saves: The Panthers and Senators came out firing early and often at BB&T Center and Luongo and Lehner took turns making big saves. Luongo stopped 20 shots in the first frame while Lehner turned away 10 in what was a scoreless period.

In the end it was Luongo getting the best of it, finishing with one more shootout save to take home the W. Luongo was spectacular in finishing with 37 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping two of the three shootout attempts. His two best saves came with 2:08 left in the first period as he dove across the crease to rob Clarke MacArthur and 55 seconds into overtime on Marc Methot.


3. Quick Strike Cats: It took less than 30 seconds for the Cats to claw their way back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, as Sean Bergenheim and Trocheck scored 23 seconds apart. The Panthers forwards got the game tied on two pretty plays, beating Lehner with low shots to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Bergenheim scored off a feed from Brian Campbell while Trocheck tied the game off a rush up the ice with Scottie Upshall. Nick Bjugstad didn't find the back of the net but did pepper Lehner with a total of seven shots through the first two periods alone.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@StefaniJanvier: What an ending to my birthday with a win from the @FlaPanthers.

@_ortegamiguel: Always a great game when it has you sitting on the edge of your couch. @FlaPanthers take the W in a shootout #GoCats

@xHandyMannyx: So glad my dad's first game went into a shootout and he was able to see the @FlaPanthers win

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Eddie Castro: Vincent Trocheck is the truth.

Joshua Benchimol:
Way to go Cats. Thank you for the win. Awesome job cats!!!!

Tj Gardungle:
Epic goaltending battle tonight.
 

4. Scoring his third goal of the season, Vincent Trocheck has four points (3-1-4) in his last seven games played.

11. Dropping the gloves against Matt Kassian in the first period, forward Krys Barch picked up his 11th fighting major of the season.

23. Sean Bergenheim and Trocheck scored 23 seconds apart towards the end of the second period to tie the game at two.

30. The Panthers and Senators combined for 30 shots in the opening period. Bergenheim and Kyle Turris each had a team-leading three shots on net.

35. Setting up Trocheck's equalizer, Scottie Upshall increased his team lead in points to 35, a new career-high (14-21-35).

 
Roberto Luongo
Came up big time and time again against the Sens, especially in the opening period when they threw 20 shots on net.

39 Shots, 37 Saves, .949 SV%
 
 
Florida continues their three-game homestand against Carolina on Thursday before finishing it off against Montreal on Saturday. The Hurricanes, currently seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 71 points (31-32-9), fell to the Islanders on Tuesday 5-4. Canes captain Eric Staal leads the way offensively with 55 points (17-38-55) while former Calder trophy winner Jeff Skinner has 46 points (27-19-46).

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STANDINGS

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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