Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
Panthers 2, Bruins 0
– The Bruins came out flying in the first period, owning almost every single category. They especially dominated in the face-off circle, winning 11 out of 14 draws (79%). Stephane Yelle won 3 of the 4 draws while David Krejci won 4 out of 5.7
– The Panthers had seven shots on Tim Thomas in the opening period and seven different players accounted for them. Boston had 15 on Tomas Vokoun by 10 different skaters.11
- Fighting his way around Boston All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara and then in on Thomas, Radek Dvorak lifted a fluttering shot above the netminder’s left shoulder for his ninth of the season, third-short handed. It was his 11th shorthanded marker as a Cat, one short of tying Tommy Fitzgerald for most in franchise history.104:38
– Scoring 1:44 into the third period, Dvorak ended a long drought for the Panthers. Getting shutout for over five periods of play, the last time the Panthers had scored came off the stick of Cory Stillman with 2:54 remaining in the third period two games ago against New Jersey.10
– It didn’t take long for the Panthers to score to go up 2-0 and it came from Dvorak once again. Taking the cross-ice feed from Gregory Campbell, Dvorak put it into the net for his 10th of the season just 5:00 after he scored his ninth. He became the 10th Panther to score 10 goals which is most in the league in that category.9
– Boston put 41 shots on net but Vokoun stopped them all for his sixth shutout of the season. It was his third in the last six games as the Panthers netminder is really hitting his stride down the stretch. Add in Craig Anderson’s three shutouts on the season and the Panthers nine shutouts combined are the most in the league (one more than Columbus) and the most in franchise history.2
– Scoring the Panthers two goals, Dvorak recorded his second multi-goal game of the season. The last time he scored twice earned Florida a point as the Panthers loss in a shootout to Montreal on January 4th.15
– Setting up Dvorak with his second goal of the game, Campbell registered his 15th assist of the season which is a career high. His previous high of 13 came last year. Campbell’s 27 points on the season is already nine more than last year’s career high.8
– The Panthers could have had a lot more shots than the 29 they did put on Thomas if it weren’t for the B’s defenders. Boston skaters blocked 20 Panthers shots including an astonishing eight by defenseman Andrew Ference.4
– Getting the chance to play after being a healthy scratch for the last eight games, Nick Tarnasky took advantage of the opportunity. On the ice for 7:12, Tarnasky picked up four hits, one behind team leader Campbell and was credited with the second assist on Dvorak’s second goal for his third assist of the season, second with the Panthers.
– Besides shutting down the high-powered Bruins, Vokoun registered the second assist on Dvorak’s first goal. It was his first assist of the season.