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Panthers Wrap-Up: Devils 6, Panthers 3

Panthers attempt to come back from three down but Devils pull away in third.

Monday, 03.31.2014 / 11:14 PM / Wrap Up
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Devils 6, Panthers 3
Panthers attempt to come back from three down but Devils pull away in third.
Mon
3/31/2014
3-6
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 2 0 0 3
Devils 3 1 2 0 6
FLA - SH - D. Kulikov (8), B. Boyes (20), B. Pirri (10)
NJD - T. Zajac (14), J. Jagr (24), PP - T. Zajac (15), R. Clowe (7), SH - J. Josefson (1), T. Zajac (16)
  
   

NEWARK —  (NHL.com) - New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac scored his first career hat trick and Jaromir Jagr had a goal and three assists in a 6-3 victory against the Florida Panthers at Prudential Center on Monday night.

Zajac, who tied a career-high with four points, scored twice in the first period and added another goal in the third to record the first hat trick by a Devils player this season. New Jersey also received goals by Ryane Clowe and Jacob Josefson and Cory Schneider made 14 saves in relief of Martin Brodeur.

FULL RECAP
 
"The starts we've had are frustrating. We haven't figured them out yet. We have a lot of resiliency in this room, but we can't have those starts and hope to win games in this league."

- Panthers forward Brandon Pirri.
 
1. Zajac Attack: In a game that featured nine goals, it was Devils’ forward Travis Zajac who provided most of the offense. Zajac recorded his first career hat-trick and added an assist in New Jersey’s 6-3 win over the Panthers, scoring two in the first period and adding one more in the third. With the trio of goals, Zajac now has 16 on the season. It didn't hurt to have the ageless Jaromir Jagr (1-3-4) setting the center up all night long.

2. Boy Stops Puck
: He didn't get the start against the Panthers but netminder Cory Schneider came in and ended it, shutting the door on the Panthers comeback attempt. Head coach Peter DeBoer pulled starter Martin Brodeur in an attempt to stem the Cats momentum in the second period and it worked as Schneider came up with several big stops to keep the Devils ahead. No save was bigger than his stop on Scottie Upshall on a breakaway attempt with the Cats on a power play in the second period. The Devils netminder finished with 13 stops.

3. Centers Of Attention: The Panthers youth was on display Monday night and it was their young centers providing the offense. Nick Bjugstad set up Dmitry Kulikov and Brad Boyes in the first and second periods respectively while Brandon Pirri netted his 10th of the season almost five and a half minutes' after Boyes' 20th of the season. Bjugstad now has 35 points on the season, tied for the team lead and his 21 helpers are tied for sixth among all NHL rookies.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Tigger0503: Alright Boyes! Nice turnaround underway by our @FlaPanthers and they knock it down to a one goal game! #ComebackCats

@turbuLENTZ: @FlaPanthers Congrats to Brad Boyes on 20 for the season. #FlaPanthers GOAL!!!

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Dale Worsnop: Wow.....pretty good SH goal from Kulikov!
 

1. Dmitry Kulikov scored the Panthers first goal of the game with the first shorthanded goal of his NHL career.

8. Scoring his 10th of the season, Brandon Pirri has eight points (4-4-8) in his last 12 games.

20. Forward Brad Boyes netted his team-leading 20th of the season, the fourth 20-plus goal campaign of his career.

21. Assisting on the first two Panthers goals, rookie Nick Bjugstad now has 21 assists on the season. It's the fourth most helpers in franchise history among rookie skaters.

88. Rookie Vincent Trocheck was stellar in the face-off circle, winning 88% of his draws. He lost just once on the night (7/8).

 
Travis Zajac
The ageless Jaromir Jagr also had a four point night but Zajac's was a touch better with his first career NHL hat trick.

3 Goals, 1 Assist, 4 Points, +3, 6 hots, 17:46 TOI
 
 
The Panthers are right back at it Tuesday night, finishing up their road portion of the 2013-14 season on Long Island against the Islanders. They'll then return home for the final five games of the season. The Isles downed the Devils 2-1 in the shootout on Saturday and now have 68 points (29-35-10) in 74 games. They're led offensively by winger Kyle Okposo who has 69 points (27-42-69) while Evgeni Nabokov owns a 13-14-7 record with a .903 save percentage and a 2.84 GAA.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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