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Panthers Wrap-Up: Kings 2, Panthers 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers
1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 1 0 0 1
KINGS 1 1 0 0 2
FLA - S. Bergenheim (3)

LAK - J. Johnson (5), PPG - D. Brown (5)
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jonathan Quick made 41 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings got goals from Dustin Brown and defenseman Jack Johnson to beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Thursday night.

Sean Bergenheim scored for Florida, and Jose Theodore stopped 24 shots. The Panthers are 0-7 against the Kings since Nov. 27, 2002, when they beat them 5-2 in Los Angeles.

"We thoroughly outplayed them and they were trying to run around and chase us and hack us and slash us. When you're getting outplayed as badly as they did, that's the response. What are you going to do. We walk out of here feeling really good about the way we played and we'll move forward from there."

- Head coach Kevin Dineen
1. Complete Goaltenders Battle: Entering the game, both Florida and Los Angeles had been stingy in giving up goals. Florida allowed just 2.38 goals a game (ninth best) while Los Angeles was even better at 2.21 goals against a game (fifth best) so to expect a high scoring game prior to it might have been ill conceived. That was completely the case as both teams had their chances (Florida a lot thanks to Kings penalties) but Jose Theodore and Jonathan Quick were on their games. Quick was the busier of the two netminders, facing 42 shots while Theodore saw 26 shots on net. The two goals that Theodore allowed (to Jack Johnson and a power play goal to captain Dustin Brown) were almost unstoppable. Johnson's shot from the point hit two different players on its way to the back of the net while Brown's shot on the rush was a wicked wrister top shelf. Quick on the other hand had no chance at stopping a determined Sean Bergenheim for his goal in the second as the forward scored basically from the seat of his pants.

2. A Lot Of Feistiness: These two teams rarerly see each other, being that they aren't in the same conference but you wouldn't have guessed that as it was chippy from the start. Los Angeles was the more involved in the hit category, finishing with 45 hits compared to Florida's 18. The two teams both had huge checks throughout the night, none bigger than Bergenheim's body check on former Flyers captain Mike Richards in open ice. The hit sent Richards into a rage as he slashed Bergenheim three times before a penalty was called. After the whistle, Bergenheim and the Kings Jarret Stoll registered roughing penalties while Richards went off for slashing and roughing. Both Bergenheim and winger Tomas Kopecky were thorns in the side of the Kings, especially that of Quick. Looking to dig the puck out from the netminder, both players got the rushed by Kings players and Quick following the whistles.

3. Only Wish For A Better Fate: There's games where you don't deserve to win and you do and there's games that you deserve a better fate but you don't and Thursday night's game was the latter as Florida did everything right except find the back of the net. They had their chances, putting up 42 shots on Quick. Despite outplaying the Kings, they couldn't find a way to beat the Kings netminder other than Bergenheim's tally. Los Angeles helped Florida's cause as they gave them six power play opportunities, including 35 seconds of 5-on-3 power play time. The Panthers recorded 13 of their 42 shots on net while on the man advantage (9.26 of time).
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@Deezer34: I love QUICK on any other night except tonight!! 41 saves to beat #FLAPanthers!! #WeSeeRed #NoShame

@JessilynMorales: Can't even be upset with this loss. #FlaPanthers played so well throughout the entire game.

@_LaLa305_: @FlaPanthers glad I stated up to watch the game! Everyone played awesome! Good game guys! #WeSeeRed

@dropforhop: really proud of the @FlaPanthers tonight. pretty rare to say that in a loss but they played hard and ran into hot goalie #cantwinall82

@stevejabs: Hell of an ending to the @FlaPanthers game. Never gave up. They are such a great team this season. BACenter should be filling up for them.

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Robert Wright: We need to get some guys back in the lineup but a good game

Ernie Alvarez: We got robbed! Owned the kings but at the end of the day only 1 stat counts! What's up with our PP lately???

Howard Versteeg: One hell of a game to bad we lost but the boys played great

Chris Burt: One of top five games panthers have played this season. Incredible effort with all those forwards out. They are a joy to watch every night, even when they lose.

Stefan Willette: the loss sucks, but damn did they play hard tonight. 110% until the end, im happy to at least see that.


1. It took a while to get his first NHL point but Erik Gudbranson did it in his 19th NHL game as his shot from the point was deflected and then rebounded in by Sean Bergenheim.

Bergenheim put up a season high (also tied an individual season high for a game) with seven shots on net while recording the lone Panthers' goal.

Florida had 42 shots on net, almost 31% of them came on the man advantage. The Panthers recorded 13 shots on the power play.

19. The Kings brought the lumber in the opening period as they registered 19 hits against the Panthers. Florida in comparison was credited with just four hits on net. Slava Voynov led the way with five hits.

76. The Panthers finished with the 42 shots on net but they actually took much much more on the Kings. Los Angeles finished with 17 blocked shots and Florida were credited with another 17 missed shots (76).
Jonathan Quick
Really the main reason the Kings won as Florida threw everything but the kitchen sink at him.

42 Shots, 41 Saves, .976 SV%
The Panthers close out their four game road trip with a Saturday meeting against the San Jose Sharks. San Jose enters the game with a 14-7-1 record after defeating the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in the shootout Thursday night. The Sharks are led offensively by a couple of Joes (Thornton and Pavelski). Thornton has 21 points (16 assists) in 22 games played while Pavelski has 20 points (11 goals) in 22 games. Patrick Marleau also has 20 points (10 goals) on the season in 22 games.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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