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By The Numbers: Panthers 4, Lightning 3

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the

interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.

  Panthers 4, Lightning 3

4 - Heading into last night's game, the first period was the Panthers best period in terms of scoring differential. The Cats had outscored their opponents 37-30 in the first 20 minutes of play. The past two first periods haven't been kind to the Panthers however as they have been outscored 5-1.

51 - The Panthers could not maintain the momentum in the opening period after Gregory Campbell scored to bring the Panthers to within one goal as Ryan Malone answered just 51 seconds later to give Tampa the 3-1 lead heading into the first intermission. It was Malone's 100th goal of his career.

5 - With his tenth goal of the season, fourth on the power play, Cory Stillman extended his point streak to a season-high five games (2 goals, 3 assists). Stillman is the third Panther player to reach the double digit mark in goals this season.

8 - The Panthers started Craig Anderson in net, but it was Tomas vokoun who finished the game between the pipes. It was the eighth time this season that head coach Pete DeBoer has pulled his goaltender in favor of the other during a game. Anderson finished with 8 saves on 11 shots while Vokoun stopped all 22 that he saw.

1.0 - A buzzer beater, Jay Bouwmeester gave the Panthers a 4-3 lead heading into the final period of play with his 10th of the season with one second on the clock. It was the Panthers second power play goal of the night. Bouwmeester now has a four-game goal streak.

3 - Just call him set-up Nate. Forward Nathan Horton recorded three assists in the game as he collected the first assist on Stillman's goal and the second assist on both Richard Zednik's and Bouwmeester's goals. Horton now has 13 on the season. It was the first time this season he had three assists in a game.

100 - Florida scored on both of their power play attempts (100%) and recorded two power play goals for the second straight game, as Stillman scored on Matt Smaby's hooking penalty and Bouwmeester scored with Evgeny Artyukhin in the box for tripping Ville Peltonen. The man advantage has been great the past two games in particular. After not connecting on their first three attempts Friday night, the Panthers scored on two of their next three, giving them a rate of 80% on their last five attempts and 50% in the last two games.

27 - Just get Gregory Campbell as many opportunities as possible because when he records a point, the Panthers are almost guaranteed victory. Florida is now 13-0-1 (27 out of 28 points) when Campbell scores a point. Campbell had a goal and an assist against Tampa Saturday night.

58 - After some close calls, including Friday's Shootout loss to the Flyers, the Panthers won a game in which they trailed by two goals at one point in the game. The last time they had come back from that two-goal deficit to win was 58 games ago on March 8, 2008 in a 3-2 overtime victory over Atlanta at BankAtlantic Center. The Cats have come back in five seperate games from a two-goal deficit to pick up a point this season, losing all five in the shootout (Flyers on January 16th, Montreal on January 4th, Tampa Bay on December 26th, NY Rangers on November 28th and New Jersey on November 26th).

23:46 - When you look at ice time for the Florida Panthers, you usually can just assume that Bouwmeester will lead the squad in that category. But that belonged to Karlis Skrastins (23:46). Bouwmeester, in fact, had the fourth highest ice time as Keith Ballard (23:06) and Bryan McCabe (22:57) had more ice time that the guy that was averaging the second highest ice time in the league.
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