FLA - E. Gudbranson (2), D. Olsen (1), T. Fleischmann (4), N. Bjugstad (4), J. Hayes (2)
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WPG - A. Ladd (8), O. Jokinen (8)
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SUNRISE, FLA — (NHL.com) - It was a big night all around for the Florida Panthers defense.
Dylan Olsen scored his first NHL goal and had an assist, and Erik Gudbranson also had a goal and an assist as they led the Panthers to a 5-2 victory against the Winnipeg Jets at BB&T Center on Thursday. FULL RECAP
| || "It's awesome. It's your first NHL goal. It was obviously exciting, but it's even better to get the win and get off that three-game losing streak. That's what we're excited about, and we've got to keep rolling from here." |
- Panthers defenseman Dylan Olsen.
| 1. From The Blueline: The Jets grabbed an early lead when Andrew Ladd put in a rebound with 5:27 gone in the first but the Panthers answered in a big way and it came thanks to their blueline. Erik Gudbranson picked up the blocked pass attempt and fired a laser far side on Ondrej Pavelec with 5:58 remaining in the period. The big blueliner then helped give the Cats they wouldn't relinquish with a big hit behind the Panthers goal line early in the second, sending Florida in on a 3-on-2 the other way. There, Scottie Upshall dropped off a pass for defenseman Dylan Olsen who blasted his first NHL goal past Pavelec with 3:31 gone in the second period. Paired up for the last couple of games, the pair both picked up two points in the game leading the way for Panthers blueliners who finished with seven points on the night (2-5-7). |
2. In A Flash: Ending a nine-game pointless streak with an assist on Tuesday, forward Tomas Fleischmann broke out with a two point night. After picking up the main assist on Gudbranson's equalizer, the forward would net the eventual game-winner with 2:01 left in the second. Flash would pick up the loose puck off of Mike Weaver's original shot and beat Pavelec short side. It was his fourth of the season and for the Panthers leading score his first two seasons with the team, it was good to see him get back on track.
3. All Around: The Panthers got the first power play of the night with 3:29 gone in the third and even though they didn't score, they scored eight seconds later as Nick Bjugstad scored on the wrap-around. Former Panthers captain Olli Jokinen made it a 4-2 game but Jimmy Hayes put the game out of reach with a breakaway beauty with 2:44 remaining for the 5-2 victory. For Florida, it was a much needed win, ending a three-game losing streak as they hit the road for two games over the weekend and it was a team effort with 10 skaters picking up points, four of which recorded multiple point games.
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Memorable twitter posts from the game.
@gzaidan72: Greats Win Cats!!! @FlaPanthers @Guddy44 @Jimmy10Hayes @DylanOlsen34 @NBjugstad72 @flaska14 Great Goals!!!
@WolfgangFerro : Big win for the @FlaPanthers tonight, the boys looked real good tonight.
@Celine_Vezina: That game was pure gold #winning @FlaPanthers
@mandynicole23:Thoroughly enjoyed watching the @FlaPanthers tonight! Good effort all around.
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Memorable fan posts from the game.
Jeff Carter: dominating performance tonight. thomas made some incredible saves. love seeing the defense throw some goals up.
Kenneth Andersson: Great win indeed! We did manage to close a game for once. Kudos to Hayes for that goal at the end and I'd also like to point out that Gudbranson produced a solid performance tonight! Good lad!
Michael Barychko: A good win. No questions about who was going to win that game! Great job Panthers.
Alejandro Hernandez: A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. GOOD JOB BOYS :):):):):)
1. It took 33 games but Thursday night was Olsen night as Dylan Olsen recorded his first NHL goal when he scored 3:31 into the second period. The blueliner added an assist for his first multi-point game of his career.
3. It was a pretty clean game as the there were only three penalties called between the teams. All three came in the third period with the Jets being whistled for two minors and the Panthers one.
4. An offensive outburst by the Panthers, it was the second most goals scored by Florida in a game (six against Pittsburgh in home opener). Four Panthers recorded multi-point games, led by Olsen, Erik Gudbranson and Tomas Fleischmann who recorded a goal and an assist while Scottie Upshall picked up two assists on the night.
46. The Panthers came out flying and they were willing to pay the price in the victory as the Jets were credited with 46 hits on the night. Andrew Ladd and Eric Tangradi led the way with five hits each. Florida, on the flip side, finished with 19, led by Jimmy Hayes' four.
11,000. It came early in the first as netminder Tim Thomas made his 11,000th career NHL save. The 39-year old is the 14th active goaltender to reach that mark. Thomas finished with 29 saves on the night for his seventh win of the season.
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Was huge in the fact that he got the game tied and then started the whole play that gave the Cats the lead.
|Erik Gudbranson |
1 Goal, 1 Assist, 2 Points, +2, 1 Shot, 3 Hits, 18:33 TOI
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| Florida will head west for two games over the weekend as they take on new Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division foes, the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday before playing the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. First up, is their first meeting with former Panthers Stephen Weiss as his Red Wings teammates. It will be the second game in two nights as the Wings will first host the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Currently tied for third in the Atlantic Division, Detroit is 14-8-7 (35 points). They're led offensively by Henrik Zetterberg (30 points in 28 games) and Pavel Datsyuk (23 points in 24 games) although the duo have missed the last couple of games due to injuries. Goaltender Jimmy Howard has a 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage while posting a 6-8-6 record. |