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2011-12 SEASON FOR JOSE THEODORE
|Jose Theodore became just the second Panthers netminder to record a playoff shutout when he turned aside all 30 Devils shots in Game 5 at the BankAtlantic Center on April 21 (Getty Images)
- Helping the Panthers to their first Division title with a solid regular season, Jose Theodore
would play in five of the seven games for the Panthers in their quarterfinal matchup against the eventual Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils. With the series deadlocked at two and coming off a game which saw the Panthers shut out 4-0, Theodore brought his A+ game as he shut out the Devils in stopping 30 shots to give Florida a 3-2 series lead. It was the second shutout of Theodore’s career. He was just the second Panthers netminder (John Vanbiesbrouck with two) to pitch a shutout in the playoffs in franchise history.
2.46. - Theodore’s 2.46 goals against average this past season was his lowest in four years. In 2007-2008, Theodore’s average was just slightly better at 2.44.
3. - In his first season as a Florida Panther, Theodore recorded three regular season shutouts. His first was in the season opener on October 8 against the New York Islanders. Theodore was the first goalie in franchise history to have a shutout in his debut.
The second shutout came on December 8 against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Boston Bruins. This game was important because at the time the Bruins were ahead of the Panthers by one point in the standings.
"There's always something that gets you going," Theodore said after making 40 saves to beat Boston 2-0 on that night. "And when you play against the best, you want to raise your game."
Theodore’s last shutout of the regular season was March 11 against Carolina. The Panthers were making their playoff push, but were struggling at that point in the season. Theodore helped get his team back on track.
"When you look at the scoreboard and you're up by one goal, you know every save is big," Theodore said. "I was just seeing the puck well. The guys were playing well in front of me.”
9 - Decided to stick with Theodore after a 5-0 loss in Philadelphia, the move pulled off immediately for the Panthers over the next five games as they went 4-0-1 from March 9-17. Things started turning around the day following the Flyers loss as Theodore limited a potent Pittsburgh offense to one goal in a shootout loss. He then shut out the Hurricanes before allowing just two goals in each of the next three games. The goalie stopped 141 of 148 shots (.953 save percentage) as the Panthers picked up nine out of a possible 10 points during a critical stretch in the regular season.
22. - The Laval, QC native had 22 wins on the season for the Florida Panthers which were good enough for most on the team and 26 overall in the NHL. That total was the ninth most in franchise history for a season. Only Vanbiesbrouck, Roberto Luongo, Ed Belfour and Tomas Vokoun had more wins in a season than Theodore.
25. - When on the power play, teams are expected to score. In almost half of his games played, Theodore made sure that wasn’t the case as he didn’t give up a power play goal in 25 games this past season while playing in 53. He had an incredible five-game streak in which he didn’t give up a power play goal from November 13-23.
40. - Seeing north of 40 shots in a game should be a rare occurrence if a team is defensively sound. With that being said, saving 40 shots in a game shouldn’t happen very often as well. Theodore, who was signed as a free agent on July 1, 2011, saved 40 shots on two separate occasions this past season. The first was the aforementioned shutout victory over Boston on December 8 and the second came on January 18 against Colorado.
|Theodore's 125 goals allowed on the season were the second fewest in his career when he played in at least 50 games. (Getty Images) |
44. - In that game against the Avalanche on January 18, the former Vezina winner (2000-01) saw the most shots come his way. He saved an amazing 40 of those 44 shots (.909 save percentage). Unfortunately the Panthers couldn’t pull out the win as they fell 4-3 in OT.
91.7. – Theodore gave the Panthers a chance to win every night that he suited up with his high save percentage. Theodore’s save percentage was 91.7 percent this past season, which was his best since the 2003-2004 season when he played for the Montreal Canadiens and good enough for 16 best in the NHL overall.
97.4. - There is just something about the eights for Jose Theodore. On November 8 against Toronto, Theodore posted his best save percentage in a non-shutout victory this season as he turned aside 38 of 39 Maple Leaf shots including 18 in the second period and 13 in the third.
600. - The 35-year old used his experience both on and off the ice to help the up-and-coming Panthers through rough patches and eventually to their first playoff birth in 12 years. This past season, the veteran goalie played in his 600 career game on December 8 and ended the season 33rd all time in games played among goalies.
3,049. - Theodore played 3,049 minutes this past season for Florida. That was his most since the 2008-2009 season when he played 3,287 minutes as a member of the Washington Capitals. It was the seventh time in his 16-year career that he played in at least 3,000 minutes.