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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
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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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