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Panthers Wrap-Up: Hurricanes 3, Panthers 0

Cats fire 35 shots on net but can't solve Khudobin in loss.

Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 11:10 PM ET / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Hurricanes 3, Panthers 0
Cats fire 35 shots on net but can\'t solve Khudobin in loss.
Thu
3/27/2014
0-3
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 1 2 0 0 3
FLA - NONE
CAR - J. Tlusty (13), J. Tlusty (14), J. Skinner (28)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Roberto Luongo’s first appearance against the Carolina Hurricanes in more than five years isn’t one he’ll remember fondly. At the other end, Anton Khudobin enjoyed another successful night against the Florida Panthers.

Khudobin made 35 saves for his third career shutout, first this season, to help the Hurricanes to a 3-0 victory against the Panthers at BB&T Center on Thursday. Carolina completed a three-game season sweep of Florida, and Khudobin was in net for all three games.

FULL RECAP
 
"He played very well. We had a ton of chances obviously…Early in the game I was asking for them to give more second chances…We had some looks around there and some second opportunities around the net."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek on Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin.
 
1. You Win Some, Tlusty Some: Number 19 in black scored in the first and it was Jiri-ly similar when Tlusty scored his second to make it 2-0 in the middle frame. The Cats, despite pressure and great chances, couldn't come back from that hole.

2. Kudos To Khudobin
: For the second straight game, Anton Khudobin stood tall in the Canes net against Florida, finishing with 35 saves on the night. Many of the saves were top quality scoring chances that seemed like they would end with a red light being lit behind him.

In the other net, Dan Ellis replaced Roberto Luongo (11 saves) following a first period collision (left game as precaution) between Luongo and former Panther Radek Dvorak. Ellis finished with 18 saves in the final 40 minutes.


3. Uncle! (Jesse): Khudobin robbed Cats forward Jesse Winchester on a beautiful breakaway attempt with 30 seconds to play in the second period. The puck slid past Khudobin but stopped short of the thin red line. The play offered a microcosm of the night for the Cats.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Sam_jo_flo: My boy @NBjugstad72 played a hard game tonight. Well get em Saturday! @FlaPanthers

@tyler_sansone: Down but not out lets go #FlaPanthers !!!

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Jeff Hernandez: Khudobin stood on his head, and nothing is tougher to beat than a goalie who is hot. Tough game but certainly something to build off of..
 

1. Thursday was the lone visit for the Carolina Hurricanes this season. Carolina and Florida had played six times a year (three in each city) while Southeast Division rivals.

2-3-3. In his first game back from injury, defenseman Erik Gudbranson saw 19:08 of ice time, and recorded two shots on net, three hits and three blocked shots on the night.

3. Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty scored twice, making this his third consecutive game with a point (2-2-4).

7. Panthers’ points leader Scottie Upshall finished with a game-high seven shots on net.

19. Nick Bjugstad was solid in the face-off circle, winning 53% of his draws. The forward’s 19 face-offs taken (10/19) were the most on the team.

 
Anton Khudobin
Came up with big save after big save to keep the Cats off the board. Was especially impressive in the second (14 saves) and third periods (12 saves).

35 Shots, 35 Saves, 1.000 SV%
 
 
Florida closes out their three-game homestand against Montreal on Saturday. After that, the Cats will have their last road trip of the season, up to the frigid northeast, to face the Devils and Islanders, before returning home to finish the last five games of the season. Montreal sits third in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division (42-26-7) after the Canadiens outlasted the Red Wings on Thursday. Reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban (10-42-52) and forward Max Pacioretty (33-18-51) lead the team in points while Carey Price owns a 31-18-5 record with a 2.39 GAA and .924 save percentage.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
5 PIT 77 42 24 11 211 194 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 PHI 77 31 29 17 202 220 79
12 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 78 29 43 6 204 249 64
16 BUF 77 22 47 8 152 258 52

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
D. Bolland 48 5 16 1 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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