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Panthers Numbers On The Rise

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Florida Panthers' Michael Frolik (67) and teammates celebrate a 4-3 win against the Atlanta Thrashers at the end of the third period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers continued their momentum from a 2-1-1 road trip and won for the third time in four games with a 4-3 victory over division rival Atlanta last night at the BankAtlantic Center.

 
Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and Bryan McCabe all got their names on the scoresheet and are currently among the NHL’s scoring leaders. Horton, Florida’s leading scorer with 11-23-34, is 15th in the league in points and 11th in assists. Weiss, the Panthers’ leading goalscorer with 16-15-31, is 11th in the NHL in goals and 36th in points. Meanwhile McCabe, the Panthers team captain, is 17th in the league in points among defensemen with 4-14-18.
 
With last night’s win the Panthers are in sole possession of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points and are back at .500 with a 14-14-7 record. The Cats, who are fifth in the conference with 99 goals, are just two points behind seventh place Atlanta and three points behind fifth place Boston.
 
Florida has also received standout performances from second-year forward Michael Frolik, who scored his 10th goal of the year in the win over Atlanta and has five points in his last four games, and defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, who is averaging over 22 minutes of ice time over his last seven games and is plus-4 on the season. The Panthers recent run of solid play can also be contributed to goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who has won his last two starts and made 87 saves with a 2-0-1 record in his last three games.
 
The Panthers have now earned points in seven of their last nine games and are 3-0-1 in their last four with a home and home against Carolina on Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the Panthers next home game against the Hurricanes on Friday are still available by calling 954-835-PUCK or logging on to FloridaPanthers.com.
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