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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 3, Ducks 2

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 0 2 1 0 3
Ducks 2 0 0 0 2
FLA - S. Matthias (2), S. Upshall (3), B. Boyes (6)
ANA - A. Cogliano (6), H. Lindholm (2)

SUNRISE, FLA —  ( - The Florida Panthers snapped their long losing streak Tuesday and at the same time cooled the hottest team in the NHL.

Brad Boyes snapped a 2-2 tie at 4:29 of the third period and the Panthers ended a nine-game slide with a 3-2 victory against the Anaheim Ducks at BB&T Center..

"When bounces like that go in and you end up on the right side of things after 60 minutes, you can look at the positive side of things instead of always having to focus on the negative ones. We fixed a couple of issues that we had in the first and we came back and played a big effort for the second half of the game and that was the difference."

- Panthers forward Scottie Upshall.
1. Early Deficit: The Panthers looked to get off to a fast start but it was the Ducks that held the early lead and it came just 40 seconds in. They used the rush to get the scoring started as Daniel Winnick sent a cross ice pass to Andrew Cogliano who waited for Tim Thomas to go to the ice and then fired a tough angle shot top shelf before the game was a minute old. Anaheim would build on that lead with another top shelf goal off a second chance with 5:34 to play in the opening 20 as Hampus Lindholm beat Thomas for a 2-0 cushion effectively taking tthe crowd out of the game.

2. 70 Seconds: Down but not discouraged, the Panthers got it going late in the second as Shawn Matthias would make it a 2-1 game with 6:32 remaining. Collecting the feed from Brian Campbell at the point, Matthias spun and scored five-hole to break Frederick Andersen's shutout bid. It took them a mere 70 seconds later for them to make it a tied game and it was some good puck luck that got it the game knotted at two. Stationed along the boards, Scottie Upshall sent a shot on net, hitting two Anaheim players, including Lindholm's shoulder and over Andersen to tie the game with 5:22 left on the clock, allowing the Cats to head into the third period tied at two for the second game in a row.

3. Slump Buster: The losses kept piling up on the Panthers despite some good efforts but it ended Tuesday night. With a tied game in the third, this one turned out unlike Sunday's game in New York. Upshall worked his way out to the front of the net and took a shot on Andersen. The Ducks netminder stopped his shot but Brad Boyes was there to bang home the rebound. From there it was a defensive team effort. Interim head coach Peter Horachek said before the game that it would take all five skaters to play defense and that's what they did in the third period, holding on to a 3-2 lead. Led by Thomas, the Panthers stopped all 13 shots, including a spectacular two saves with Anaheim on a late power play. There, Thomas stopped Emerson Etem while laying on the ice as he brought his pads together with less than two minutes to play. That save along with a few more in the final seconds allowed Horachek to pick up his first victory and the Cats to end a nine-game losing streak (0-5-4).  
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@mtodd90: Great @FlaPanthers win over #1 Anaheim (less-Getzlaf) to end the losing streak. #ComeBackCats

@JohnMarousky: Come home from college and get to spend a good time with my mom, watching the panthers win. @FlaPanthers #FlaPanthers #Red

@Gravenger5: What a super @FlaPanthers game tonight!!! @ShawnMatthias @ScottieUpshall were awesome! Let's do it again fri night!


@BiZMASTY: Awesome game! So much more fun when the @FlaPanthers win! That's the team I should be seeing and the type of play these guys are capable of.

@Haydn760: Woohoo the #flapanthers end the losing streak by beating the number one team in the league

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Milan Balkanski: Was there...happy to see the boys pulled it off. Let's turn this ship around

Aaron Wong: Great comeback boys!!!!!!! Keep it going

Dan Aguiar: Now that was a great game! Keep up that tempo boys!!

Lesli Michaud: What a great game!!!!!!!! They played so well. Kept that puck on the ducks side a lot!!! Loved it!!!

Zachary Bruckner: That is how to play hockey! They have had the effort the past few games, if we could score consistently each game, we would pull a good team together! Well played tonight Panthers!

1. It took three games but Peter Horachek and the new coaching staff picked up their first victory behind the bench since taking over on Friday. The trio had a couple of close calls in their first two games but the win at home was just as sweet.

20. The Panthers and Ducks hold a special bond as they both entered the NHL 20 seasons ago on Dec. 10, 1992. The teams met for the first time less than a year later (Dec. 7, 1993) with Florida also winning that game 3-2.

30. The Ducks would score on their first shot of the game. They would score just once more on Panthers netminder Tim Thomas who picked up his third victory of the season by stopping 30 shots on the night.

63. The Cats had a very successful night in the face-off circle against the Ducks as the team won 63 percent of their draws (39-of-62). Leading the way was center Marcel Goc who finished with a 78% face-off winning percentage, winning 18 of 23.

70. It took Florida all of 70 seconds to erase a 2-0 deficit as Shawn Matthias and Scottie Upshall scored late in the second period to tie the game.

Scottie Upshall
Had a great game offensively and defensively, tying the game at two and then being the main reason for the game-winner in the third. Picking up team-high five hits along the way.

1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +1, 4 Shots, 5 Hits, 19:39 TOI
The Panthers now hit the road for five games in an eight day span. They first head to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Friday. There, they'll look to sweep the season series after beating Minnesota 2-1 in the shootout at the BB&T Center on Oct. 19th. The Wild, who will host Toronto on Wednesday, is currently fourth in the Central Division with 24 points (10-4-4). They're led offensively by Zach Parise (15 points in 18 games) and Jason Pominville (14 points in 18 games) while net minder Josh Harding has gone 9-2-2 in 14 games with a spectacular 1.22 GAA and .947 save percentage.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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