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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flames 2, Panthers 1

Vincent Trocheck scored a second period power play goal but Joey MacDonald made 34 saves as the Flames downed the Panthers.

Friday, 04.04.2014 / 11:20 PM / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flames 2, Panthers 1
Vincent Trocheck scored a second period power play goal but Joey MacDonald made 34 saves as the Flames downed the Panthers.
Fri
4/4/2014
1-2
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
Flames 0 2 0 0 2
FLA - PP - V. Trocheck (4)
CGY - K. Agostino (1), M. Cammalleri (26)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Roberto Luongo returned to action on his 35th birthday Friday, but the Calgary Flames spoiled the party.

Mike Cammalleri scored a goal for his 500th NHL point, Kenny Agostino scored his first NHL goal, and Joey MacDonald made 34 saves when the Flames defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 at BB&T Center.

FULL RECAP
 
"A win would have been nice, but the effort was there. We just couldn’t get the equalizer."

- Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo.
 
1. Serving Up The Goods: Making his season debut, Panthers forward Bobby Butler made his presence felt the entire game. Butler displayed some nifty moves while playing on one of the Panthers’ top lines alongside Scott Gomez and Sean Bergenheim. Head coach Peter Horachek threw the 26-year-old right into the fire as Butler recorded 15:16 of ice time.

2. Just Won't Go
: The Panthers caused a stir when Gomez came within inches of putting the Cats on the board in the first period. With Florida on a powerplay and less than a minute left in the opening stanza Gomez lifted a shot past Flames goaltender Joey MacDonald but the puck hugged tight to the goal line before bouncing off the post to safety.

3. Big Mac: The Panthers dominated the possession battle and outshot the Flames 35-17 but they could not solve Calgary netminder Joey MacDonald more than once. MacDonald recorded 34 saves and played an instrumental role in Calgary’s 2-1 victory. MacDonald’s biggest save of the game came with just six ticks left on the clock when the 34-year-old got a shoulder on a Bergenheim shot from close range to preserve the lead for the Flames.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@turbuLENTZ: @FlaPanthers #FlaPanthers Players standing on the bench to salute the members of the Military pic.twitter.com/YjQiVccj5T

@dweissmon: @FlaPanthers Thanks to everyone in our armed forces past and present for your service to and sacrifice for our great country! #LetsGoCats !

 

1. Vincent Trocheck recorded his first career NHL powerplay goal with his second period score. The 20-year-old center now has six points (4-2-6) in sixteen games since his March call-up.

3. Brandon Pirri recorded an assist on Trocheck’s second period powerplay goal to stretch his point streak to three games (2-1-3). Florida’s trade deadline acquisition now has 10 points (5-5-10) in his last 14 games.

5. Jimmy Hayes recorded a team high five shots in the game, a season high for the Panthers forward.

800. With his start tonight against the Flames, Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo played in his 800th career game. It was not the only milestone reached on the night as Lu also celebrated his 35th birthday.

 
Joey MacDonald
The Flames netminder kept the Panthers frustrated all night long, finishing with 11, 16 and seven saves in each of the periods.

35 Shots, 34 Saves, .971 SV%
 
 
The Panthers continue their season-ending five-game homestand on Sunday as they host the Dallas Stars. Florida came back to down the Stars 4-2 in the season opener back on Oct. 3 with rookie Aleksander Barkov keying the comeback with his first NHL goal. Dallas is currently in eighth place in the West with 85 points (37-28-11), just ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot. They’re led by young pivot Tyler Seguin who has 78 points (34-44-78) in 74 games while Kari Lehtonen has posted a 30-19-10 record with .918 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 45 16 13 -1 29
A. Ekblad 45 6 21 5 27
J. Huberdeau 42 8 17 1 25
J. Jokinen 44 4 21 -2 25
B. Boyes 43 10 11 2 21
J. Hayes 37 13 7 -1 20
S. Bergenheim 34 7 9 1 16
A. Barkov 34 5 9 -5 14
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 11 8 .920 2.43
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .891 2.96
 
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