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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 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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