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Panthers vs Devils - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals

Clemmensen ready, excited for Game 6 start

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Scott Clemmensen said he's ready and excited to get the start in the Panthers' net Tuesday as they try to close out the Devils in Game 6 at Prudential Center.

"It's an opportunity to get re-engaged in the series, to contribute to the team," Clemmensen said. "I'm going to be ready and do everything I can to get the win."

However, Panthers coach Kevin Dineen wouldn't rule out the possibility that Jose Theodore could still play despite missing the morning skate with an undisclosed injury. Jacob Markstrom was called up from the American Hockey League and was the second goalie on the ice Tuesday morning.

"We decided to give Theo the morning off and see where he's at tonight," Dineen said. "He's a little bit tender right now so we'll evaluate as the day moves on see if he's ready to play tonight or not. We'll always try to lean toward the side of precaution if there is something that somebody is a little bit tender with. We felt we needed an extra backup and that's why you see Jake out there."

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Skating and smarts keep Campbell out of the box

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Brian Campbell struggled Monday when he asked to recall the last time he was called for a penalty.

"Not a hundred percent," he said. "I just know I took one dumb penalty. That's the one I remember mostly, shooting the puck over the glass. That was the dumb one."

Campbell can be forgiven for not remembering his last penalty, considering it's been so long. For the record, it was a slashing call in the second period of a 2-1 home loss against Washington on Feb. 17.

It was one of only three penalties Campbell took all season, along with a holding call against Toronto on Dec. 27 and that delay-of-game call, at Boston on Dec. 8.

Couple that with the fact Campbell got more ice time during the 2011-12 season than any other player in the NHL and finished tied for second in the League among defensemen with 53 points, and it's easy to see why the Panthers defenseman is one of three finalists for the Lady Byng Award.

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Panthers know they haven't won anything yet

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

"The fourth one is generally the hardest one to win. It's going to be a resilient team on that side, and we've got to be resilient as well. We've got to want to win the game, but you also can't get too high from this one. We've just got to keep it going and be confident that we can win." -- Kris Versteeg

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers find themselves one victory away from extending their memorable season and winning their first playoff series since 1996.

But there is no cause for celebration yet. The Panthers know putting away the New Jersey Devils won't be easy.

Florida takes a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 Tuesday at the Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN), where the teams split two games last week.

The Panthers rallied from a 3-0 first-period deficit to win 4-3 in Game 3 before the Devils recorded a 4-0 shutout victory in Game 4.

"It's going to be fun," said Scottie Upshall, who had one of Florida's goals in its 3-0 victory in Game 5 Saturday. "They're playing backs up against the wall. We know how hard they play in their building. It was a crazy atmosphere when we were there last week, and we're expecting nothing less than probably the hardest game of the series coming up."

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Start time set for Tuesday's playoff game

NHL.com

The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time for Game 6 of the Florida Panthers-New Jersey Devils Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarter-Final series has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 24, in Newark. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Network in the U.S., MSG Plus in the New York market and TSN and RDS in Canada.

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Devils need a better effort in Game 6

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils followed up their best game of this Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the Florida Panthers with their worst on Saturday and now find themselves on the brink of elimination.

The Panthers registered a 3-0 victory in Game 5 at BankAtlantic Center to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series that resumes Tuesday at Prudential Center. After the defeat, Devils captain Zach Parise questioned his team's competitive fire.

"We didn't compete hard enough," Parise said. "We have to win two in a row and that's the way it is now. We'll be ready to play Game 6."

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Devils still believe in penalty kill despite struggles

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- How is it possible that a record-producing penalty-killing unit during the regular season can suddenly be ripped to shreds in the opening round of the playoffs?

As frustrating as it may sound, the answers aren't as clear-cut as you might think. Still, New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer, who at this point can only tip his cap to the feisty Florida Panthers, is adamant about one thing.

"We better figure it out fast," DeBoer said.

That response came on Tuesday night during DeBoer's postgame press conference when the wounds of blowing a 3-0 lead and dropping a 4-3 decision in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series were still fresh on the mind.

The Panthers went a perfect 3-for-3 on eight shots with the man advantage on Tuesday. They are now 6-for-10 in the series against a Devils team that entered these playoffs with the No. 1-ranked penalty-killing unit during the regular season behind a post-expansion NHL record 89.6 percent efficiency. On top of that, the Devils also led the League with 15 shorthanded goals.

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Brodeur, Devils try to pick up the pieces after 4-3 loss

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Florida Panthers not only rallied for an improbable 4-3 victory in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New Jersey Devils, but also forced coach Pete DeBoer to do the unthinkable.

Not since the 2006 Eastern Conference Semifinals had veteran Martin Brodeur been pulled in a playoff game. But it happened on Tuesday at the Prudential Center after Florida defenseman Mike Weaver ripped a shot past a screened Brodeur 2:18 into the second to pull the visitors into a 3-3 tie.

"We were up 3-0, and they pulled their goalie [Jose Theodore] as a momentum changing tactic and it worked for them," DeBoer said. "They came back to within 3-2 and go into the first break and I thought it was opportunity for us all to catch our breath and get our game back in order. Then they score on the first shot of the second period, so at that point I have to do my job and try to get a momentum shift in our direction. So I chose to do it that way."

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Bergenheim once again proving playoffs are his time

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Is there any doubt playoff hockey brings out the best in Florida Panthers left wing Sean Bergenheim?

After missing out on all the fun of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first five seasons with the New York Islanders -- the team that drafted him with the 22nd pick in 2002 -- Bergenheim has proven to be one tough hombre the past two seasons in the State of Florida.

It all started last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning and has seemingly gathered steam with the Panthers in 2011-12.

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Relieved Panthers head north with positive mindset

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Florida Panthers coach Kevin Dineen's toughness never came into question during his long NHL playing career, but he said what happened during Game 3 of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series Sunday went over the line.

"It was an important game for us. We didn't want to go to their barn down two games. Nice to get that win and now we've got to try to get a couple on the road." -- Stephen Weiss

There hasn't been that kind of over-the-top physicality in the New Jersey-Florida series, just some physical, aggressive play, and two games that have seen two valiant comeback efforts fall short.

As the series shifts to New Jersey for Game 3 on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN) tied at one win apiece, Dineen looked back at the first two games.

"Definitely it has not had the edge of pretty well all the other series so far," Dineen said. "For me, it's hard to build up a lot of animosity because I think there's a lot of respect for their organization from the top down. We're trying to be as physical as we can. I think it's been a well-called series with the exception of maybe the first call of the series [a double-minor on Florida center Shawn Matthias]. The players understand that special teams have played a big role in the game and we're trying to keep our discipline at the right level."

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Current Cats have many similarities with '96 edition

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. — No sooner had the final horn sounded on the night the Florida Panthers clinched their first-ever division title that the plastic rats starting raining from the stands at BankAtlantic

Center.

There also were a few rats tossed onto the ice Friday night after each of the Panthers' two goals in their 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

It was shades of 1996.

The whole season, to an extent, has been like a trip back in time for the Panthers — and it goes way beyond the plastic rats.

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