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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2

Bjugstad's three-point night leads Cats to series win over Leafs.

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 10:45 PM / Wrap Up
By FloridaPanthers.com Staff
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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2
Bjugstad\'s three-point night leads Cats to series win over Leafs.
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4/10/2014
4-2
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 2 0 4
Maple Leafs 0 1 1 0 2
FLA - B. Pirri (13), B. Boyes (21), N. Bjugstad (15), SH - N. Bjugstad (16)
TOR - T. Bozak (19), P. Ranger (6)
  
   

SUNRISE —  (NHL.com) - Nick Bjugstad and the Florida Panthers spoiled goalie Drew MacIntyre's long-awaited first NHL start.

Bjugstad had two goals and an assist to lead the Panthers to a 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday at BB&T Center..

FULL RECAP
 
"We needed to get pucks at the net. That was the first game for their goalie and we wanted to get some shots. We started off well which is a different technique for us. It was nice to have the lead."

- Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad.
 
1. Pirri's Present: Brandon Pirri gave the Panthers fans a special gift on his 23rd birthday with his 13th goal of the season 6:06 into the game. Pirri showed off pinpoint accuracy on a lightning quick release on the goal, as he gathered in the nice feed from Quinton Howden and fired a shot top shelf past Leafs goaltender Drew MacIntyre all in one smooth motion. The goal was Pirri’s fourth in the past six games and seventh since joining the Panthers.

2. Bash Brothers
Ed Jovanovski and Erik Gudbranson were involved in an eventful second period shift that featured a couple of scraps. Things got started when Leaf David Clarkson caught Panthers netminder Roberto Luongo with a stick after the whistle.  The Cats’ captain and Gudbranson came to the protection of their netminder, throwing a few fists Clarkson’s way. On the ensuing play, Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was whistled for a hit on Howden that Gudbranson and Jovanovski took exception to.  More punches were thrown as Gudbranson and Jovanovski made it clear that if you mess with the Cats, you’ll have to answer for it.

3. Bju-tiful Game: Nick Bjugstad had a dominating three-point game (2-1-3) as he led the Panthers to the 4-2 win over the Leafs while scoring his 15th and 16th goals of the season. Bjugstad got started at the end of the second period when he set up Brad Boyes with a tasty wraparound assist. Bjugstad scored on a wrap around of his own 3:23 into the third and then finished things off with a shorthanded goal just a few minutes later. With the stellar performance, Bjugstad netted his first NHL three-point game, his first NHL two-goal game and his first NHL shorthanded goal. .
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Buddha94: PANTHERS WIN!! Panthers made it look to easy tonight! @FlaPanthers #FlaPanthers

@Samthe13M: @FlaPanthers great win tonight! Looking forward to the same thing Saturday to close out the season strong!!!

@ZariahCaleb: #FlaPanthers great game guys, #turndownforwhat

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Alejandro Hernandez: Good game boys!!!!! Love you cats

mudlife07: That's how we should play every game. I love it. Good job guys. Can't wait for next season
 

1. At the age of 30, Toronto goaltender Drew MacIntyre made his first NHL start, turning aside 33 shots in the loss.

3. In their first season as Atlantic Division rivals, the Panthers got the best of the Leafs, winning three out of four games.

23. Brandon Pirri recorded his 13th goal of the season on his 23rd birthday.  The goal was his seventh in 20 games with the Cats.

38. With his three points, Nick Bjugstad jumped into the Panthers scoring lead with 38 points (16-22-38).

76. Bjugstad was dominant in all facets of the game tonight as the young center won 76% of his draws (13/17).

 
Nick Bjugstad
The big center was instrumental in the Panthers last three goals, setting up the game-winner by Brad Boyes and then scoring recording his first multi-goal game of his NHL career.

2 Goal, 1 Assist, 3 Points, +2, 5 hots, 14:02 TOI
 
 
Just one game in the season remains as the Panthers close out their 2013-14 slate on Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus, who clinched their second playoff spot in franchise history on Wednesday night, is fighting for playoff seeding with Philadelphia and Detroit. They're led offensively by young center Ryan Johansen with 60 points (32-28-60) while Sergei Bobrovsky has compiled a 31-20-5 record, .922 save percentage and 2.39 GAA.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SCHEDULE

HOME
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 76 16 22 -14 38
S. Upshall 76 15 22 1 37
B. Campbell 82 7 30 -6 37
B. Boyes 78 21 15 -6 36
S. Bergenheim 62 16 13 -16 29
J. Huberdeau 69 9 19 -5 28
T. Fleischmann 80 8 20 -18 28
T. Gilbert 73 3 25 -5 28
B. Pirri 49 13 12 6 25
A. Barkov 54 8 16 -3 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 25 23 7 .919 2.40
S. Clemmensen 6 7 1 .896 3.09
 
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