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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 ET / 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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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