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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 / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 65 22 17 -8 39
J. Huberdeau 62 10 28 2 38
J. Jokinen 64 6 29 0 35
A. Ekblad 65 11 23 7 34
B. Boyes 63 11 21 9 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 56 17 12 -5 29
B. Campbell 65 3 20 1 23
A. Barkov 54 10 12 -7 22
D. Kulikov 56 3 15 -5 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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