Sunday Caterwaul: Panthers GameDay Open Forum

February 25, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Wojtek Wojtek (8) is congratulated by teammates after his 3rd period tying goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Panthers defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in a shoot out. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

Acquired from the New York Rangers only hours before puck-drop in Raleigh Saturday, Florida Panthers forward Wojtek Wolski scored the tying goal in an unbelievably all-important come-from-behind 3-2 shootout victory over the Hurricanes. The 26 year-old finished with a plus-1 and 4 SOG in 15:43 TOI, helping the Cats salvage an evening very much on the league's radar.

The win propels Florida back into the number one spot in the Southeast; Winnipeg suffered a SO loss to St. Louis while the Capitals defeated Toronto 4-2 but remain a point behind both.

The Panthers take on Montreal - losers of three straight - tonight from Sunrise.



Final - 2.25.2012 1 2 3 OT SO Total
Florida Panthers 0 0 2 0 1 0 3
Carolina Hurricanes 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

60

39

15

6

84

167

124

20-7-2

19-8-4

6-3-1

Won 1

2

Boston

60

37

20

3

77

200

139

18-10-2

19-10-1

5-4-1

Won 1

3

Florida

60

28

20

12

68

149

167

14-8-8

14-12-4

4-5-1

Won 1

4

Philadelphia

61

34

20

7

75

203

187

14-10-5

20-10-2

4-5-1

Won 1

5

Pittsburgh

61

35

21

5

75

194

161

19-8-2

16-13-3

6-3-1

Won 2

6

New Jersey

60

35

21

4

74

169

164

16-11-3

19-10-1

7-2-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

63

32

23

8

72

193

190

16-12-3

16-11-5

5-3-2

Lost 1

8

Winnipeg

64

30

26

8

68

163

181

19-9-4

11-17-4

6-2-2

OT 1

9

Washington

62

31

26

5

67

169

176

20-8-2

11-18-3

4-5-1

Won 2

10

Toronto

62

29

26

7

65

184

190

16-11-5

13-15-2

2-7-1

Lost 2

11

Buffalo

62

27

27

8

62

154

180

16-11-7

11-16-1

5-3-2

OT 1

12

Tampa Bay

61

27

28

6

60

170

209

18-9-2

9-19-4

4-5-1

Lost 2

13

NY Islanders

61

26

27

8

60

144

179

14-14-5

12-13-3

5-5-0

Won 1

14

Carolina

62

23

26

13

59

162

187

16-12-5

7-14-8

5-1-4

OT 2

15

Montreal

62

24

28

10

58

161

171

11-14-8

13-14-2

5-4-1

Lost 3

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Why last night rocked:

  • Look at the result any way you wish, but STL defeating a surging Jets club 3-2 in a SO could have ended much worse from where we stand

Why last night jonesed:

  • WSH over TOR, 4-2; two points for Ovechkin, Aucoin and Johansson as Caps seal victories in last two

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla, beyond the obvious:

  • It really isn't particularly, though Tampa Bay and the Islanders - both with 60 points - are in action in otherwise meaningless games

Next up for the Cats:

Did you know:

  • Florida has won two straight in regulation over the Habs this season by a combined score of 5-3; last time Cats defeated Montreal twice in a row without an overtime session was 2006-07

On the table:

  • The NHL Trade Deadline is TOMORROW; join the usual gang of know-it-alls right here at 10 a.m. Feel that severe cough coming on yet?

Saturday’s Organizational News:

  • FLA acquired F Wojtek Wolski from NYR in exchange for D Michael Vernace and a third-round selection in 2013. Dude went out and scored an epic game-tying goal for Florida on Saturday at RBC Center. Other than that, not much to report.
  • Forwards Jon Matsumoto and Michal Repik were reassigned to San Antonio
  • The Rampage won - yet again - in Peoria on goals by Bracken Kearns and Greg Rallo as Jacob Markstrom stopped 40 shots and Bill Thomas collected two assists against the Rivermen. San Antonio's third win in as many games has the Rampage only five points out of second place in the Western Conference (yeah, about that "Western" thing...a grouping which includes Rochester...)
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