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Panthers Clawing Towards WC

Friday, March 9, 2018


You may not have noticed it, but the Panthers have been doing everything in their power to claw their way into the playoffs.  Florida was 19-22-6 after losing to Washington on Jan. 25, but since then they’ve gone on an incredible 14-3-1 run.  At this point they’re just two points shy of Columbus and the second Wild Card spot and the Panthers have played in three fewer games.

 

The Panthers have an exciting group this season.  They feature a trio of high-end young forwards in Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck, and Jonathan Huberdeau, a veteran that’s looked very good in his shift from the KHL to NHL in Evgenii Dadonov, and a couple great defensemen in Keith Yandle and Aaron Ekblad.

 

Then of course there’s Roberto Luongo, who was sidelined for a good chunk of this season, but even at the age of 38-years-old, he remains very effective when healthy.  He earned a shutout last night – the 75th of his career.  He sits in 11th place in the all-time shutout list and just one behind Ed Belfour and Tony Esposito.

 

The Panthers still have a lot of work ahead of them, but they’re definitely a team to watch right now.

 

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BOSTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

 

This one looked like it was headed to overtime until Brad Marchand scored with 22 seconds remaining.  It was his 29th goal and 67th point in 52 games this season.

 

Zdeno Chara assisted on two of Boston’s three goals.  The 40-year-old defenseman has six goals and 21 points in 65 games.

 

Tuukka Rask turned aside 31 of 33 shots to earn his third straight win.  He has a 27-11-4 record, 2.27 GAA< and .920 save percentage in 43 games.

 

Alex Lyon kicked out 24 of 27 Bruins shots.  He’s 4-2-2 with a 2.91 GAA and .900 save percentage in six contests.

 

Jori Lehtera scored a goal for the Flyers.  It was just his third goal and seventh point in 50 games.

 

WINNIPEG 3 NEW JERSEY 2

 

Taylor Hall failed to get a point, so his streak has come to an end.  He registered a point in 26 straight appearances.

 

Patrik Laine extended his goal scoring streak to four games though.  The Jets forward is up to 39 goals and 62 points in 67 games.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the game-winning goal and registered an assist.  He has 26 goals and 52 points in 67 contests.

 

Nico Hischier found the back of the net and recorded an assist for New Jersey.  That gives him 14 goals and 43 points in 68 games.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 41 of 43 Devils shots.  He has a 35-10-8 record, 2.39 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 55 contests.

 

Cory Schneider kicked out 21 of 24 shots in his 10th straight loss.  Between his losing streak and his injury issues, Schneider hasn’t won a single start since Dec. 27.

 

COLUMBUS 5 COLORADO 4 (OT)

 

Thomas Vanek scored a pair of goals on Thursday.  It was his first two points with Columbus since being acquired from Vancouver.

 

Seth Jones netted the overtime winner and registered two assists.  He has 11 goals and 44 points in 68 games.

 

Carl Soderberg found the back of the net twice for Colorado.  That gives him 14 goals and 31 points in 64 contests.

 

Semyon Varlamov kicked out 39 of 44 shots in his third straight overtime loss.  He’s 18-13-6 with a 2.87 GAA and .913 save percentage in 41 games.

 

Joonas Korpisalo saved 23 of 27 Avalanche shots.  He has a 7-7-0 record, 3.19 GAA, and .902 save percentage in 15 games.

 

BUFFALO 4 OTTAWA 3 (SO)

 

Robin Lehner turned aside 37 of 40 shots prior to the shootout.  He got the extra point by containing the Senators to a single goal in three shootout rounds.

 

Craig Anderson stopped 31 of 34 shots before the skills competition.  Buffalo scored on him twice in three shootout rounds, which ends Anderson’s modest two-game winning streak.

 

Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist before finding the back of the net again in the shootout.  The Sabres forward has 17 goals and 38 points in 68 contests.

 

Ryan Dzingel scored a pair of goals for Ottawa.  He’s up to 19 goals and 30 points in 64 games.

 

Scott Wilson found the back of the net early in the third period for Buffalo.  He has six goals and 12 points in 55 games.

 

VEGAS 4 DETROIT 0

 

Marc-Andre Fleury turned aside 28 shots to earn the shutout.  He has a 23-9-3 record, 2.19 GAA, and .928 save percentage in 35 starts.

 

Dylan Larkin fired a team-high five shots against Fleury.  Larkin has just a 4.9 shooting percentage this season, which is down from 9.6% in 2016-17.  That’s why he’s dropped from 17 goals last season to just nine in this campaign.

 

Cody Eakin scored two goals and registered an assist.  He has nine goals and 23 points in 66 games in 2017-18.

 

Alex Tuch netted a pair of goals for Vegas.  He’s up to 13 goals and 30 points in 63 contests.

 

Jimmy Howard stopped 28 of 32 shots Thursday night.  This was his fourth straight loss, although one of those defeats came when he was the relief goaltender as oppose to the starter.

 

TAMPA BAY 5 NY RANGERS 3

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy kicked out 37 of 40 Rangers shots.  That was enough to earn him his 40th win of the 2017-18 campaign.  This is his first full season as an undisputed starter and while he has seen a performance dip since the All-Star Game, overall he’s been superb with his 40-12-3 record, 2.45 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 56 contests.

 

Henrik Lundqvist was yanked halfway through the game after surrendering four goals on 31 shots.  Rookie Alexandar Georgiev stepped in and saved 13 of 14 shots.

 

Ryan Spooner scored a goal and registered two assists.  He’s done well since the Rangers acquired him from Boston as he’s recorded two goals and 10 points in six games.

 

Anthony Cirelli scored a goal and recorded two assists for Tampa Bay.  The 20-year-old rookie has two goals and five points in four contests.

 

Chris Kunitz scored the game-winning goal and recorded an assist.  He has 12 goals and 24 points in 68 games.

 

FLORIDA 5 MONTREAL 0

 

Roberto Luongo posted a 40-save shutout.  It was his second of the season and the 75th of his career.

 

Jeff Petry managed a team-high eight shots against Luongo.  Petry has 10 goals on 147 shots this season, which is a 6.8% success rate.

 

Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and registered an assist.  That gives him 21 goals and 51 points in 57 games.

 

Keith Yandle assisted on three of the Panthers’ five goals.  He’s up to six goals and 45 points in 65 contests.

 

Charlie Lindgren kicked out 27 of 32 Florida shots.  He’s allowed a staggering 11 goals over his past two starts.

 

NASHVILLE 4 ANAHEIM 2

 

Rickard Rakell scored a pair of goals for the Ducks.  He’s up to 30 goals and 58 points in 63 games in 2017-18.

 

Ryan Johansen found the back of the net and registered an assist.  He has 10 goals and 44 points in 64 contests.

 

Viktor Arvidsson also had a goal and an assist for Nashville.  That gives him 25 goals and 51 points in 65 games.

 

Pekka Rinne stopped 31 of 33 shots to pick up his eighth straight win.  He’s 37-9-4 with a 2.28 GAA and .928 save percentage in 50 starts.

 

John Gibson turned aside 24 of 28 Predators shots.  He has a 25-16-6 record, 2.49 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 50 starts.

 

CAROLINA 3 CHICAGO 2

 

Scott Darling saved 22 of 24 shots against his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks.  He has a 11-16-7 record, 3.06 GAA, and .890 save percentage in 36 games.

 

Justin Williams scored a goal and recorded an assist for Carolina.  He has 14 goals and 44 points in 68 contests.

 

Sebastian Aho netted the game-winning goal.  It was his 24th marker and 52nd point in 64 games.

 

Patrick Sharp found the back of the net for Chicago.  He has eight goals and 17 points in 56 contests.

 

Jean-Francois Berube stopped 37 of 40 shots last night.  He has a 2-2-0 record, 3.11 GAA, and .911 save percentage in six games.

 

EDMONTON 2 NY ISLANDERS 1 (SO)

 

Christopher Gibson stopped 35 of 36 Oilers shots in his second start of the season.  Unfortunately for the Islanders, he was beaten twice in three shootout rounds and consequently missed out on the extra point.

 

Cam Talbot kicked out 30 of 31 shots before the skills competition.  He then held the Islanders to a goal in three shootout rounds.

 

Connor McDavid found the back of the net in the third period and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout.  He has 31 goals and 81 points in 67 games this season.

 

Ethan Bear assisted on McDavid’s goal.  It was the 20-year-old defenseman’s first career point in his fourth game.

 

Thomas Hickey accounted for the Islanders’ lone goal before the shootout.  The defenseman has four goals and 20 points in 55 games.

 

LOS ANGELES 3 WASHINGTON 1

 

Jakub Vrana netted Washington’s only goal.  It was his 12th goal and 22nd point in 60 games.

 

Philipp Grubauer stopped 26 of 28 Kings shots.  He has a 8-8-3 record, 2.35 GAA, and .923 save percentage in 26 games.

 

Trevor Lewis accounted for the game-winning goal.  That gives him 14 goals and 25 points in 55 games.

 

Jeff Carter found the back of the net and registered an assist.  He has four goals and eight points in 12 contests this season.

 

Jonathan Quick saved 25 of 26 shots last night.  He has a 26-24-2 record, 2.44 GAA, and .921 save percentage in 52 contests.

 

SAN JOSE 2 ST. LOUIS 0

 

Martin Jones only needed to make 16 saves to earn the shutout.  He improved to 22-17-6 with a 2.49 GAA and .917 save percentage in 47 starts.

 

Kyle Brodziak accounted for four of the Blues’ shots.  He has nine goals on 94 shots this season for a 9.6% success rate.

 

Mikkel Boedker scored the first and therefore game-winning goal.  He has 13 goals and 27 points in 59 games.

 

Tomas Hertl also found the back of the net.  It was his 16th goal and 35th point in 64 contests.

 

Jake Allen stopped 34 of 35 Sharks shots.  He has a 19-20-2 record, 2.79 GAA, and .906 save percentage in 45 games.



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