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Panthers Wrap-Up: Ducks 6, Panthers 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
Sun

3/23/2014
2-6
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 2 0 0 2
Ducks 1 4 1 0 6
FLA - J. Hayes (10), T. Fleischmann (8)
ANA - PP - P. Maroon (7), T. Selanne (9), SH - J. Silfverberg (8), K. Palmieri (12), C. Perry (37), R. Getzlaf (30)
  
   

ANAHEIM —  (NHL.com) - It wasn't difficult to imagine the seething speech that Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau gave during a second-period timeout Sunday. He dressed the Ducks down after defensive lapses allowed the Florida Panthers to score twice.

Boudreau could have also reminded Anaheim that this was the first of nine straight games against current non-qualifiers for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The push begins now for Anaheim, which responded with two goals in 1:56 on the way to a 6-2 win at Honda Center that put it one point back of the San Jose Sharks for first place in the Pacific Division.

FULL RECAP
 
"They're obviously one of the best teams in the West and they're competing for a Stanley Cup but that one line (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne) is something special."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
 
1. A Flash Of Offense: Florida found themselves trailing 3-0 in the second period but struck twice within 2:01 to make it a one-goal game thanks to hard work. First it was Jimmy Hayes deflecting a Krys Barch shot past Jonas Hiller 7:59 into the second and then Tomas Fleischmann jammed a cross-crease pass from Vincent Trocheck into the back of the net soon after. Alas, it was not nearly enough as the Ducks would go on to put up a six-spot. 

2. Trocheck The Offense: Every game it seems like Trocheck makes a special play that shows off his bright future. On Sunday, it was his setup of Fleischmann in the second period that showed off the Pittsburgh native's prowess. Picking up his first NHL helper, the center finished with three shots on net while winning 10 of 21 face-offs on 17 minutes of ice time in his 10th NHL game.

3. Ducks Answering Call: A timeout by Bruce Boudreau calmed the home team down after the Panthers got it to within one, as they would answer the Cats comeback attempt with two goals within a 1:01 span. Kyle Palmieri scored 55 seconds after Fleischmann’s goal and Corey Perry followed up on his own rebound, as he batted the puck past Dan Ellis for a 5-2 lead.
 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@hockeychic8: Not happy the panthers are losing again but respect for Selanne who is exceptional. #ducks #FlaPanthers #NHL

@ashaustin23:
Always love the @FlaPanthers whenever they win or lose...I miss being in Sunrise #GoCats

@McKeon232: 
@FlaPanthers i still love you guys but sometimes you make it really hard on me

 
Memorable fan posts from the game.

Alejandro Hernandez: Next game, next year, next season Go cats

Judy Gamm: how sad
 

4. The Panthers and Ducks combined for four goals (two each) in 3:57 of the second period.

10. Scoring the Panthers’ first goal of the game, Jimmy Hayes now has 10 points (6-4-10) in his last 12 games.

15. Teemu Selanne scored 15 seconds into the second period to give the Ducks a 2-0 lead.

20. Both Florida and Anaheim are celebrating their 20th anniversary season after being awarded franchises on Dec. 10, 1992.

200. Starting for the Panthers, goaltender Dan Ellis played in his 200th career NHL game. Tomas Fleischmann played in his 200th career game with the Panthers.

 
Corey Perry
Set up the first two Ducks goals, including the one 15 seconds into the second before scoring on a gritty individual effort to give them back a three goal advantage. Had game-high eight shots.

1 Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, 8 Shots, +3, 16:40 TOI
 
 
The Cats return home for a three-game homestand against Ottawa (Tuesday), Carolina (Thursday) and Montreal (Saturday). The Senators will be playing the second game of back-to-backs on Tuesday after playing across the state in Tampa Monday night. They're led by 2011-12 Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson who has 65 points (19-46-65) in 70 games while former Panther Craig Anderson owns a 21-14-8 record with a .908 save percentage.

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