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Postgame Notes at San Jose

by Carly Peters / Florida Panthers
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The Panthers gave another impressive performance in a 5-3, comeback victory in San Jose. Take a look at some of the records broken and noteworthy moments of tonight's game:

The Panthers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take a 5-3 win in San Jose, their fourth straight win against the Sharks.

Florida is now 5-2-1 in its last eight games and 14-8-4 on the season, the team's best start since going 15-7-2-2 through 26 games in 1999-2000. With 32 points on the year, the Panthers remain five points ahead of Washington for first place in the Southeast Division after the Capitals earned a 3-2 overtime win against Ottawa tonight.

The Panthers finished off a four-game road trip with a 2-2-0 split, earning their ninth win on the road to tie for the most wins away from home in the NHL. Florida has a 9-6-0 record this season in road games, while Philadelphia is 9-3-1.

Tomas Fleischmann set a career high and Panthers season high with nine shots on goal in a season-high 22:12 time on ice. He tallied a goal and two assists for his sixth multi-point game of the season and the Cats are now 5-0-1 when he tallies at least two points. Fleischmann has now tallied at least one point in 16 of his last 20 games. He is tied for the team lead with 12 goals and ranks second on the Panthers with 27 points, good for T-10th among all NHL players.

Stephen Weiss potted a goal and two assists for his sixth multi-point game of the season. He has now totaled at least three points in four of his last 10 games and five times in 26 games this year after totaling 15 games of 3+ points in 556 career games prior to this season. He ranks third on the Panthers with 26 points (9-17-26), T-15th among all NHL players.

Kris Versteeg returned to the Panthers lineup after missing his first game of the season Thursday with an upper-body injury. He tallied two assists to earn his team-leading seventh multi-point game of the season, with the Panthers owning a 6-1-0 record when he totals at least two points. The assists ended his season-high, three-game pointless streak and increased his team lead to 28 points (12-16-28). Versteeg now ranks T-7th for most points among all NHL players this season after his 25th game.

The Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg line has accounted for 33 of the team's 73 goals this season (45.2%) and 81 (33-48-81) of the team's 191 points (72-119-191), good for 42.4% of Florida’s offensive output. Fleischmann and Weiss are T-7th in the NHL with +14 ratings, while Versteeg (+13) is T-9th. The trio ranks first, second and third among Panthers players for points on the season and has failed to record at least one point in just six games this season, only four games when the Panthers weren’t shutout.

In his 116th career game, Jack Skille notched his first NHL game winner and first shorthanded goal,  the Panthers third shorthanded goal of the season. He now has six points (2-4-6) in 25 games this season.

Against his former team, Marco Sturm earned his second goal of the season. He was drafted by San Jose in the first round (21st overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and spent eight seasons with the Sharks. Sturm still ranks in the Top 10 in many of San Jose's franchise categories: games played (553-4th), goals (128-6th), assists (145-8th), points (273-7th) and GWG (27-3rd).

Scott Clemmensen stopped 23-of-26 shots to improve to 2-0-0 on the season, after earning a 6-0 shutout Nov. 15 at Dallas. He missed 13 games to start the season with a knee injury, and five games Nov. 19-29 with a lower-body injury.

One game after going 0-for-6 on the power play, the Panthers went 2-for-4 with the man advantage and added a shorthanded goal on the evening.

After a four-game road trip, the Panthers return home tomorrow and host the Washington Capitals Monday at 7:30 p.m. on FS Florida and 560 WQAM.
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