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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, 04.4.2014 / 11:20 PM ET / 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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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