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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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