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, Rangers 1 (SO)
– There was a lot of end-to-end action in the first period as the Panthers and Rangers combined for 26 shots on net. The goaltenders were on task for most of the shots as only one got past either Tomas Vokoun or Henrik Lundqvist. That one came off several chances by Fredrik Sjostrom as the forward kept poking at the puck until it got past Vokoun and just across the line for his fourth of the season with 2:46 remaining.11
– Of those 26 shots in the first, 15 of them came off the sticks of Panthers players. Interesting enough, 11 different skaters had shots on Lundqvist. Brett McLean (3) and Ville Peltonen (2) were the only players to record more than one shot in the opening period.6
– Using some fancy footwork to take the feed from Cory Stillman from behind the net and then turnaround and shoot the puck past Lundqvist from the slot 2:37 into the second period for his 13th goal of the season, rookie Michael Frolik is now tied for sixth in rookie scoring in goals with Toronto’s Mikhail Grabovski.2
– It got really chippy towards the end of the first and during the second period. Hits led to two different fights in a span of 16:42 as Gregory Campbell squared off with New York’s Brandon Dubinsky with 50 seconds left in the first and then Nick Boynton fought Paul Mara 15:52 into the second. It was both Campbell’s and Boynton’s fifth fight of the season.54
– Speaking of chippy. The Panthers and Rangers went at it all game long combining for 54 hits in the contest as each had 27 apiece. New York held a 13-7 edge after the first intermission while Florida 12-7 advantage in the second. Florida held a 8-7 advantage in the third and overtime combined. David Booth and Campbell led the Panthers with four hits while Ryan Callahan led the Rangers with five.30
– Not good if you’re looking at face-off differential. Through two periods of play, New York held a 65%-35% advantage in the face-off circle as they won 20 of the 31 draws in the first two periods. All four Rangers (Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Blair Betts and Dubinsky) that took draws were over 50%. New York finished with a 20% advantage in the game (60%-40%).3
– It took awhile but the Panthers won their third shootout of the season. Vokoun who has won all three of them, stopped Markus Naslund, Nigel Dawes, Callahan and Nikolai Zherdev. Their last shootout victory came on December 12th, 2008 against Calgary. The Cats improved their shootout record to 3-6 on the season.89:27
- Speaking of Vokoun, the Panthers netminder has been pretty much unstoppable lately. Or would that be stoppable? Vokoun had a shutout streak of 89:27 snapped 17:14 into the first period by Sjostrom. Vokoun, shutting out the Canes in the last game, was last beat by the Leafs Nik Antropov with 12:13 left in the third period two games ago. After stopping 42 shots against the Canes, Vokoun stopped another 34 against New York.7
– There were a lot of shots on net for both sides with New York putting 35 on Vokoun and Florida peppering Lundqvist with 43 shots total. Booth led all skaters with seven shots, three more than any other skater.