1997 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
#4 Florida (1) vs #5 NY Rangers(4)
DATE VS RESULT ATT. GOALS
4/17 NYR 3-0 W 14,703* Garpenlov, Muller, Niedermayer
4/20 NYR 0-3 L 14,703*  
4/22 @NYR 3-4 L-OT 18,200 Garpenlov, Sheppard, Svehla
4/23 @NYR 2-3 L 18,200 Niedermayer, Nemirovsky
4/25 NYR 2-3 L-OT 14,703* Hough, Sheppard
 

# PLAYER GP G A PTS PIM +/- GW
24 Svehla 5 1 4 5 4 -4 0
5 Murphy 5 0 5 5 4 0 0
44 Niedermayer 5 2 1 3 6 -1 0
9 Muller 5 1 2 3 4 -3 0
29 Garpenlov 4 2 0 2 4 0 1
26 Sheppard 5 2 0 2 0 -4 0
27 Mellanby 5 0 2 2 4 -1 0
15 Nemirovsky 3 1 1 2 0 -2 0
18 Hough 5 1 1 2 2 -2 0
11 Lindsay 3 0 1 1 8 0 0
21 Fitzgerald 5 0 1 1 0 -1 0
3 Laus 5 0 1 1 4 -3 0
23 Wells 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0
19 Dvorak 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 Straka 4 0 0 0 0 -2 0
2 Carkner 5 0 0 0 6 -3 0
12 Hull 5 0 0 0 0 -1 0
10 Lowry 5 0 0 0 0 -3 0
34 Vanbiesbrouck 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
55 Jovanovski 5 0 0 0 4 -4 0
7 Warrener 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
                 
# NAME GP W L GAA MINS SO SV%
34 John Vanbiesbrouck 5 1 4 2.38 328 1 .929
  Totals 5 1 4 2.37 329 1 .929
 

 
Clinching Home Field
The Panthers clinch fourth place in the Eastern Conference and home ice in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-2 on April 11, 1997. The Cats finish their fourth season with a record fo 35-28-19, good for 89 points.
 
A Good Start
The Panthers strike first in their series against the New York Rangers as Johan Garpenlov, Kirk Muller and Rob Niedermayer score to lead them to a 3-0 victory as John Vanbiesbrouck stops X pucks to earn the shutout.
 
A Sudden End
Esa Tikkanen, who would sign with the Panthers four months later, scores at 12:02 of overtime as the New York Rangers eliminate the Panthers from the playoffs in the first round on April 25, 1997.
 
 
 
   
Wins Losses
Home 1 2
Road 0 2
Total 1 4

   
Name Goals
Rob Niedermayer 2
Johan Garpenlov 2
Ray Sheppard 2
Four Tied 1

   
Name GWG
Johan Garpenlov 1
   
 
 
     
 
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