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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
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.

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"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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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