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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Stars 2

Pirri's two-point night helps Cats erase two goal deficit in comeback victory.

Sunday, 04.6.2014 / 9:00 PM ET / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Stars 2
Sun
4/6/2014
3-2
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 2 1 0 3
Stars 1 1 0 0 2
FLA - S. Upshall (15), B. Pirri (12), S. Bergenheim (16)
DAL - J. Benn (33), PP - T. Seguin (36)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Looking to wrap up a successful road trip and more importantly move closer to a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Dallas Stars let one slip away Sunday.

Sean Bergenheim broke a 2-2 tie with 4:31 left in regulation and the Florida Panthers rallied from a 2-0 second-period deficit to beat the Stars 3-2 at BB&T Center.

FULL RECAP
 
"We showed a lot of resiliency, battled back and dominated the second half of the game. We're trying to build off that the last three games."

- Panthers forward Brandon Pirri.
 
1. Benn There Done That: Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is making a habit of getting off to fast starts. Benn got the scoring started early in the first period, sliding one past Roberto Luongo 45 seconds into the game for his 33rd of the season. The early goal came one night after Benn scored 40 seconds into Dallas’ 5-2 win in Tampa Bay. The center  was instrumental in their other goal as well, screening Luongo as Tyler Seguin scored to make it 2-0 39 seconds into the second.

2. Gudd Things Happen
Erik Gudbranson proved true the old saying that good things happen when you shoot the puck. The defenseman set up the Cats’ first goal when he sent a deceptive wrister towards the net in the second period. Guddy would initially get credited for the goal but it would eventually be awarded to Scottie Upshall. The blueliner also made a highlight reel level end-to-end back-check midway through the second to help negate what would have been a five-star quality Dallas scoring chance.

3. Clutch Time Bergenheim: With the third period nearing its completion Sean Bergenheim came up huge for the Cats getting his stick on a well-placed Colby Robak shot to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. Robak unleashed a rocket from the left face-off circle that found the tape of Bergenheim who was battling for position in front of the net. The goal was Bergeneim’s 16th and the assist was Robak’s first point of the season.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@SoFloMC: What an exciting end! Never count out the Comeback Cats! #WonWeDid @FlaPanthers vs #Stars @NHL

@aweins325: The @FlaPanthers retweeted me and it definitely made my day

@KMizTHW: Use the Force, Lou! #FlaPanthers #starwarsnight

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Julio Reed: Urk, we really needed that extra point. Oh well, a great comeback from the Panthers!! Nice job taking that one from us, great game to watch. See you next season!

Robert W Moore: A great game to come back from 2 down. It's all hard work.

Christopher Carlsson: Great comeback! I'm glad I stayed up and listened to the game
 

1. Bobby Butler recorded his first point as a Florida Panther when he set the table for Brandon Pirri’s second period tally. Colby Robak also recorded his first point of the season with his third period assist on Sean Bergenheim’s game-winner.

2. With his goal 45 seconds into the game, Jamie Benn has scored in the opening minute of back-to-back games.

4. With a goal and an assist in the second period, Pirri extended his scoring streak to four-straight games (3-2-5) and now has 12 points (6-6-12) in the last 15 games.

35. After allowing early period goals (first and second), Roberto Luongo shut the door on the Stars the rest of the way. The Panthers netminder stopped 35 of the 37 Dallas shots to lock up the win for the Cats.

 
Brandon Pirri
The Panthers' center was instrumental in the comeback attempt, assisting on their first goal before equalizing the game at two.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +2, 2 Shots, 14:02 TOI
 
 
Game three of the Panthers' season-ending five-game homestand is Tuesday night as the Cats host the Philadelphia Flyers. Tuesday's outcome will determine the season series winner as the teams have won in their home buildings. Florida won 3-1 in their most recent meeting on Nov. 25. The Flyers, who sit in third in the Metropolitan with 89 points, are led by center Claude Giroux. The captain has 79 points (25-54-79) in 78 games. Steve Mason has a 32-18-7 record with a .916 save percentage and 2.52 GAA.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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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