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Panthers Wrap-Up: Flames 4, Panthers 3 (Shootout)

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT SO T
Panthers 1 0 2 0 2-6 3
Flames 0 2 0 0 3-6 4
FLA - T. Gilbert (1), J. Hayes (1), M. Goc (6)
CGY - J. Colborne (3), PPG - S. Baertschi (2), B. Jones (1), SO - S. Monahan

CALGARY —  ( - Sean Monahan may be a rookie, but he handles the shootout like a seasoned pro.

Reto Berra stopped Jimmy Hayes after Monahan scored the shootout winner for the second time in three games to lift the Calgary Flames to a 4-3 win against the Florida Panthers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday night.

"It's a heck of an effort for these guys to come back. The situation, I don't think the second period was that great but I mean to come back in the third, scoring and then still coming back, I think it was a really strong effort.."

- Panthers interim head coach Peter Horachek.
1. Up But Only One: After giving up a goal less than a minute into the game the night before in Edmonton, Florida looked to jump on the visitors. They were given that opportunity early and often as the Flames took a penalty 1:19 in and then again at the 8:34 mark but the Cats couldn't get a shot on either attempt. Florida finally did score the first goal of the game for the third time in the last four games with 4:46 remaining in the period. Nick Bjugstad won the draw back to Tom Gilbert who hammered a shot past rookie netminder Reto Berra. Florida netted their third power play of the period a minute and a half later but still couldn't put a shot on Berra. Florida controlled play in the first but were only outshooting the Flames 6-3 and leading 1-0. 

2. A Flames Second: That one-goal advantage went away within a three minute span midway through the second period thanks to a mistake and special teams. With exactly nine minutes gone, Mike Mottau tried to clear the puck up the side but being rushed, turned it over as David Jones stopped the puck and Joel Colborne gathered the loose puck and hammered a shot past Tim Thomas to tie the game. While Florida couldn't find a goal on the power play, Calgary did on their first man advantage opportunity of the night. Thomas stopped Colborne's inital shot but Sven Baertschi was in the right place at the right time as he deposited the rebound into the wide open net 3:04 later.

3. Taking A Point: The Flames would make it a 3-1 game 5:40 in as Blair Jones scored and it looked like the hosts would walk away with the regulation win but Florida fought back. Outscoring opponents 24-20 in the third period, Florida added two goals to that total. First it was Jimmy Hayes getting Florida within one. His first goal in a Panther uniform, Berra came out of his net to play the puck but Hayes intercepted the pass, waited out a defender and put it into the empty net 1:22 later. Then they tied it with 5:59 to play thanks to a turnover by the Flames. Scott Gomez intercepted a pass and the puck eventually found Marcel Goc who was all alone in front of the net. Berra got a piece of the puck but not all as the Cats would force overtime. After a back and forth overtime, the game went to the shootout. There it went extra as Brad Boyes tied the shootout at one with the Panthers on their third shot. Tomas Fleischmann answered Mike Cammalleri in the fourth round but Hayes couldn't answer Sean Monahan's far shot meaning the Cats were only able to get one point on the night.
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@DJBuddha94:Panthers 2-2-1 on the 5 game road trip. Played very well on 4 of the 5 games. Need to get settled on that power play #FlaPanthers

@305MiamiTeams: Overall, decent Western road trip for #FlaPanthers. Picked up 5 out of 10 points. Again, the team is looking much better under Horachek.

@NeedDDubBackRub: @FlaPanthers Good game! Hard fought! Can't wait to see you guys back home! #RedRising #WeWillWin #LetsGoPanthers

@JustinCohen87: Take the point and just get back to east coast time! #FLAPanthers

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Alex Silver: Defense can't be lazy, and get the rebounds. Thomas had good saves, I he needs a little rust off. Great come back though. I think we're gonna be heading in a better direction nice game boys!!! #faith #letsgopanthers

Michael Barychko: This was a solid effort and a very entertaining game but we need a little more production from the youngster Barkov.

David Moss: That one stings

Leonard Cullip: Great to see Gomez back.

1. Defenseman Tom Gilbert had picked up the assists in his first 23 games (seven total) but Friday night the blueliner registered his first goal in a Panther uniform, getting the Cats on the board in the first period with a blast .

3. It was a tightly managed first period as the Panthers and Flames combined for nine shots on goal. Florida's defense was a little more tighter in just allowing three Flames shots on Tim Thomas in the period.

5. The shootout went six rounds, the longest of the season for the Panthers (2-1) as five skaters scored over that span with Sean Monahan picking up the winning goal.

6. The Panthers almost made it through killing off their first penalty of the night with Shawn Matthias in the box for hooking in the second period but Sven Baertschi's rebound goal gave the Flames the lead with six seconds remaining in the man advantage.

26. Florida struck twice in the third period, pushing their third period goal total to 26 on the season. That total is good enough for third in the entire league, three behind Chicago and one behind Phoenix.

Joel Colborne
Got the game tied at one in the second and then put the Flames ahead with an assist three minutes later.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +1, 2 Shots, 13:43 TOI
Thanksgiving week is here and that means Panthers hockey at the BB&T Center as Florida will be home for five straight. That includes games against the Flyers (Monday), NY Rangers (Wednesday) and Penguins (next Saturday) during Thanksgiving week. Philadelphia, who hosts the Islanders Saturday night before making the trek South, have played well of late, picking up 11 out of a possible 12 points (5-0-1) in their last six games. Offensively, they're led by their captain Claude Giroux (13 points in 21 games) and center Brayden Schenn (13 points in 21 games). Steve Mason has seen the majority of the play between the pipes, posting a 6-7-2 record with a .932 save percentage and 2.12 GAA..

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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