Panthers By The Numbers takes a closer look at some of the
interesting stats that you may or may have not known about.
Panthers 5, Maple Leafs 4 (OT)
– Make that three goals in two games for Niklas Hagman against his former team. After scoring his first goal against the Panthers (spent four seasons with), in Toronto on February 3rd, Hagman gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead with his 15th of the season as he jammed home Jason Blake’s initial shot while sitting on the doorstep. He added his 16th as he put in a rebound with 1:31 left in the second as Toronto was a man up for a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.10
– Looking at the first period stats, defenseman Bryan McCabe was the only Panthers’ player to step on the ice at least 10 times, leading the team in that category with 10. He also played a team-high 7:54 in that period. The Leafs on the other hand had four players on the ice for at least 10 shifts; Ian White and Pavel Kubina (13) and Jeff Finger and Luke Shenn (12).4
– The Panthers knotted the score thanks to gritty work from the fourth line. Kamil Kreps took on a check and then shot the puck from the goalline. The puck hit Brett McLean’s shoulder and bounced in for the forward’s fourth of the season. It was McLean’s first goal in 14 games and his second goal at the BankAtlantic Center this season (December 21 vs Colorado).18
– Blake has been hot recently. Red hot. Picking up the first assist on both of Hagman’s goals, he recorded his 17th and 18th points in his last 11 games. The big thing for Blake is that he has been very even in his scoring, recording nine goals and nine assists in that time frame. 1:39
– With the score at one, Toronto took a two-goal lead quickly, scoring their second period goals just 1:39 apart. Jamal Mayers scored his second of the season as the puck hit Nick Boynton who was trying to get back into position and onto Mayers stick with 3:10 left in the period. Hagman recorded his second with 1:31 left in the period.26
– Nik Antropov rebounded the puck into the back of the open net 7:47 into the third period to give the Leafs a 4-1 lead but Nathan Horton brought the Panthers to within two just 26 seconds later as Boynton'ss shot from the point found the glass behind the net and right to Horton for his 14th of the season.200
– Center Stephen Weiss
notched a milestone Tuesday night. Picking up the second assist on Horton’s goal, the center recorded the 200th point in his NHL career. The seventh year pro has notched 70 goals and 130 assists in 372 games.8
– Recording two goals on the night including the one that tied it at four with 5:29 to play in the game and the winner 1:08 into overtime, the Panthers hero of the night, Richard Zednik became the eighth Cat to record double-digit goals this season. What made it even more gratifying for Zednik was that his heroics came one year to the date that he suffered the horrific accident in Buffalo.1
– There’s always a first for everything. Tuesday it was another first for the Panthers. Down 4-1 after Antropov scored 7:47 into the third, the Cats scored four unanswered goal for their first victory in franchise history after trailing by three goals at any point in the game. It started with Horton 8:13 in then Peltonen 2:35 later. Then came Zednik to tie and win it.