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Panthers Wrap-Up: Panthers 5, Penguins 1

by Glenn Odebralski / Florida Panthers

1 2 3 OT T
Panthers 1 1 3 0 5
Penguins 0 0 1 0 1
FLA - SH - D. Shore (2), D. Shore, D. Kulikov (4), J. Huberdeau (8), S. Matthias (5)
PIT - M. Niskanen (7)

PITTSBURGH —  ( - The Florida Panthers handed the Pittsburgh Penguins their first home loss in over two months on Monday.

Drew Shore scored two goals to lead the Panthers to a 5-1 win at Consol Energy Center. Shore, who had four career goals entering the game, scored the first goal with 4:11 remaining in the opening period.

"That's when you know everything is going your way...when you get an assist."

- Panthers goaltender Scott Clemmensen
1. Shore It's A Shorty: Heading into the game, the Panthers knew they had to limit their penalties against the Penguins. Yes they had killed off every single penalty in over nine games but the Penguins had the league's number one power play unit at 24.7%. Shorthanded? Not a problem as not only did they kill off the Penguins power play chances but they started the scoring with a shorthanded goal thanks to Drew Shore. Netminder Scott Clemmensen got the play started and Shore fired a shot top shelf for a 1-0 lead with 4:14 left in the first. The forward wasn't done as he gave them a 2-0 cushion late in the second period.

2. The Clemmer: It was thought that Tim Thomas would be between the pipes but with the netminder under the weather, Scott Clemmensen got the nod for his first action in about three weeks (Dec. 29 vs Montreal). The time off definitely didn't have ill effects as Clemmensen kept the mighty Penguins offense frustrated the entire night. His busiest period of work came in the first period when he turned aside 14 shots on his way to stopping 35 shots for his fifth victory in his last seven games.

3. Streak Busters: Pittsburgh had come into the game on a tear at home. Winners of 13 straight, the Penguins hadn't lost at CONSOL Energy Center since Nov. 13 against Pittsburgh. Florida gave them their fourth home loss on the season after Dmitry Kulikov gave them a 3-0 lead and after Pittsburgh finally broke through, the Cats got goals from Jonathan Huberdeau (after a lengthy review) and Shawn Matthias 12 second apart to win the game going away. It was a gritty, gutty performance as they constantly frustrated one of the league's powerhouses, in fact the best team in the Eastern Conference. 
Memorable twitter posts from the game.

@turbuLENTZ: How to beat the Penguins...allow the @FlaPanthers to Clemmenstrate. 

@sunnielove17: Panthers melted the ice in Pittsburg!!! #RedRising @FlaPanthers

@OaknerRyan: AWESOME road win for the @FlaPanthers tonight against one of the best teams in hockey! Would love to see them keep this up! #REDRising

@sarahmpineda: Such an amazing game for the @FlaPanthers what a win

Memorable fan posts from the game.

Andrew Levine: Great win, solid team effort. No excuses about being overlooked, injuries, didnt play top goalie. Won series 2-1! Awesome

Christopher Carlsson: Fantastic game! Welcome back, Jesse Winchester. Great work as always by Scott Clemmensen, congrats to the assist

Samuel David Litt: Had a lot of fun watching that one. Props to Clemmensen.

Michael Frazier: That's just a damn good win against one the best in the east... in their building. Cats are playing solid hockey

1. He kept the Penguins at bay for most of the night in limiting them to one goal but he also set up a goal as Scott Clemmensen recorded his first assist of the season on Drew Shore's first goal of the night.

 Scoring the first two goals of the game, Shore notched his first two-goal game of his career.

3. Missing the last 14 games due to an upper body injury, forward Jesse Winchester didn't look any worse for the wear as he picked up three assists, his first multi-point game in a Panthers uniform and a career high in points.

5. Looking for a goal Monday night, just make sure defenseman Mike Weaver is on the ice. The blueliner finished the game a career-high plus-5 in the contest.

12. 12 seconds. Blink and you missed it as Jonathan Huberdeau and Shawn Matthias put a cap on the win with goals late in the third period.

Scott Clemmensen
Stopping pucks, setting up goals, netminder Scott Clemmensen did it all as he turned aside all but one Pittsburgh shot.

Assist, 36 Shots, 35 Saves, .972 SV%
The Cats are right back at it as they close out their three-game road trip in Buffalo. It will be their second meeting in less than two weeks at First Niagara Center with the Panthers pulling out a 2-1 come-from-behind shootout victory. Buffalo who fell 4-3 in the shootout in their last game on Saturday against Columbus currently sit eighth in the Atlantic Division with 33 points (13-27-7) in 47 games. Offensively, Cody Hodson (24 points in 37 games) leads the way while Ryan Miller has posted a .927 save percentage and 2.60 GAA with a 12-18-3 record between the pipes.

Author: Glenn Odebralski |

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