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About Last Night: Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2

Bjugstad's first three-point night leads Cats past Leafs.

Friday, 04.11.2014 / 10:45 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 2
Bjugstad\'s first three-point night leads Cats past Leafs.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

PANTHERS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2

The Florida Panthers looked impressive last night in their 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Cats dictated the pace of the game outshooting the Leafs 37-29, and Nick Bjugstad stole the show for the Panthers as the 21-year-old tallied two goals and an assist for his first NHL three-point performance.

Here is what you may have missed from last night:

Wraps on Wraps on Wraps

Bjugstad’s first two points were the results of tasty wrap-arounds. Check ‘em out below:

Tweet Beat

Me too!!

Yes! Trick Nicky. I love it!

Here is Nick’s third point of the night:

Scoring Race Update

Bjugstad’s three points last night bumped him into the lead for the Panthers scoring race with 38 (16-22-38) on the season. With one game left, the race is still very much undecided as Scottie Upshall, Brad Boyes and Brian Campbell are all within striking distance.

Birthday Boy

They say that nobody likes you when you’re 23 but we might have to make an exception for Brandon Pirri and his lightning-quick shot. Pirri got things started in style last night with his 13th goal of the season, on his 23rd birthday no less!

P.S. This is how we celebrate birthdays in South Florida:

Bju’s The Boss

Bjugstad’s big game netted him a couple of NHL firsts. Last night the 6’6” center recorded his first NHL three-point game, his first NHL two-goal game and his first NHL shorthanded goal. Oh yeah and he also won 76% of his face-offs (13/17).

Bjugstad’s night was made a bit sweeter when his Minnesota Golden Gophers advanced to the NCAA National Championship game with an astonishing shorthanded goal with just .6 seconds left on the clock. Panthers prospect and Bjugstad’s former linemate Kyle Rau set up both of Minnesota’s goals to bump his team-leading point total to 39 (14-25-39).

Don’t Forget About Lu

The focus may have been on the offensive end of things but Lu was impressive as usual coming up with big stops to keep the Leafs down.

Too Easy

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 74 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 72 15 26 -3 41
J. Jokinen 76 8 33 -4 41
B. Boyes 74 13 23 10 36
A. Ekblad 76 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 67 18 14 -6 32
A. Barkov 66 14 17 -3 31
B. Campbell 77 3 23 2 26
B. Pirri 44 21 2 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 18 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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