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game recap

Panthers 3, Thrashers 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers 3, Thrashers 2
Florida Panthers 3, Atlanta Thrashers 2

ATLANTA (AP) -The Panthers earned the win they had to have. In the end, it still wasn't enough to keep Florida in the playoff chase.

Despite a coming from behind to beat the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 on Thursday night, the Panthers were were eliminated from the postseason race.

David Booth scored with 4:25 left in the third period to lift Florida to a victory, but the Panthers (91 points) needed more help from around the NHL to stay in the Eastern Conference postseason mix.

They didn't get it.

"You look back for one point throughout the year - that's hard to take," Booth said.

The Rangers' 2-1 victory against Philadelphia gave New York (93 points) a playoff spot, and the Montreal Canadiens (93) locked up a spot when they earned at a point in a 5-4 overtime loss to Boston.

Florida, New York and Montreal all have a game left, but the Canadiens and Rangers hold the tiebreakers with Florida.

"You don't lose it (playoff chance) in the last few games. It's the whole course of the season. It's about consistency," Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun said.

Nathan Horton and Cory Stillman also scored for Florida.

"It's really important that we at least gave ourselves a chance (by winning this game). We were able to do that," Horton said.

"Regardless of what happened tonight I am very proud of how we played and showed up tonight," said Florida coach Peter DeBoer.

Defenseman Zach Bogosian scored twice for Atlanta.

"They were desperate and they came out on top. It's obviously not what we wanted," the 18-year-old rookie said.

The Panthers tied it at 2 when Stillman tipped in a shot by Gregory Campbell early in the third period.

Booth scored his 29th goal by knocking in his own rebound past Atlanta goaltender Johan Hedberg. Stephen Weiss had drew an assist, his second of the game.

Stillman's 17th goal came 50 seconds after Bogosian scored a short-handed goal to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Bogosian shot the puck over the left shoulder of Vokoun from 15 feet out after a pass from Marty Reasoner for his ninth of the season.

"He's playing real well," Atlanta's leading scorer and captain Ilya Kovalchuk said of Bogosian. "He's got some confidence. He's skating with the puck, and he knows how to skate, so he'll be scary good in a couple of years."

The Panthers tied it at 1 with 3:20 remaining in the second period on a power play goal by Horton, his 22nd. The play was reviewed by officials and ruled a goal after video showed the shot hit high inside the net past Hedberg and bounced out.

The Thrashers had taken a 1-0 lead at 9:17 of the opening period when Bogosian scored on a power-play, beating Vokoun with a 20-foot shot from the point.

Notes:The Thrashers had gone 0-for-21 on power plays before Bogosian scored his first goal. ... The Thrashers had a two-man advantage for two minutes at 4:58 of the opening period and failed to score, getting off five shots, three by Ilya Kovalchuk. ... Florida had a two-man advantage for 28 seconds later in the period and failed to score. Florida won the season series 3-2-1.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:17
ATL
PPG - Zach Bogosian (8) ASST: Vyacheslav Kozlov (49), Toby Enstrom (26)
1 - 0 ATL
2nd Period
16:40
FLA
PPG - Nathan Horton (22) ASST: Stephen Weiss (44), Jay Bouwmeester (27)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
05:42
ATL
SHG - Zach Bogosian (9) ASST: Marty Reasoner (14)
2 - 1 ATL
06:32
FLA
Cory Stillman (17) ASST: Gregory Campbell (19), Nathan Horton (23)
2 - 2 Tie
15:35
FLA
David Booth (29) ASST: Stephen Weiss (45)
3 - 2 FLA
penalty summary
1st Period
04:58
FLA
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Ilya Kovalchuk
04:58
FLA
David Booth  Hi-sticking against  Todd White
07:30
FLA
Rostislav Olesz  Interference against  Marty Reasoner
10:56
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Interference against  Stephen Weiss
14:07
ATL
Vyacheslav Kozlov  Tripping against  David Booth
15:40
ATL
Zach Bogosian  Hooking against  David Booth
19:16
ATL
Colby Armstrong  Tripping against  David Booth
2nd Period
01:52
ATL
Garnet Exelby  Holding against  Richard Zednik
03:19
FLA
Cory Stillman  Slashing against  Rich Peverley
06:15
ATL
Jim Slater  Roughing against  Keith Ballard
06:15
FLA
Keith Ballard  Hi-sticking against  Jim Slater
07:41
FLA
David Booth  Tripping against  Ilya Kovalchuk
09:17
FLA
Bryan McCabe  Fighting (maj) against  Ilya Kovalchuk
09:17
ATL
Ilya Kovalchuk  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan McCabe
14:04
ATL
Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Gregory Campbell
14:04
ATL
Eric Boulton  Roughing against  Gregory Campbell
3rd Period
04:08
ATL
Chris Thorburn  Slashing against  Keith Ballard
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 25TOI: 59:47
Saves: 23EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .920SH: 1 - 2
Johan Hedberg
SA: 31TOI: 58:27
Saves: 28EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 10
SV%: .903SH: 0 - 0