Wednesday Caterwaul: Florida Panthers GameDay Open Forum

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

Though he's ridden a few frustrating pointless stretches throughout the season, Florida Panthers winger Sean Bergenheim beautifully encapsulated the role of "secondary scorer" Tuesday by launching a frightful wrister past Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, who took his first regulation-time loss since February 28, a span of ten games (8-1-1). Bergie's goal stood as the evening's gamewinner, but he was beyond mere scoring stats, collecting 3 hits, 1 BkS, and ultimately led the Cats with 3 SOG (from a team total of 13) in 17:49.




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

x-NY Rangers

72

45

20

7

97

199

160

25-9-2

20-11-5

4-5-1

Won 1

2

Boston

72

42

27

3

87

236

178

22-13-2

20-14-1

4-6-0

Won 2

3

Florida

72

36

23

13

85

182

198

20-9-8

16-14-5

6-3-1

Won 5

4

Pittsburgh

72

45

21

6

96

239

184

25-8-2

20-13-4

9-0-1

Won 1

5

Philadelphia

73

42

23

8

92

232

206

19-11-5

23-12-3

7-2-1

Lost 1

6

New Jersey

74

42

27

5

89

201

191

20-13-3

22-14-2

6-4-0

Won 1

7

Ottawa

74

37

27

10

84

221

214

19-15-4

18-12-6

4-4-2

Lost 2

8

Washington

73

37

30

6

80

198

208

23-10-3

14-20-3

5-4-1

Won 1

9

Buffalo

73

34

29

10

78

187

207

18-11-8

16-18-2

6-2-2

Won 1

10

Winnipeg

73

34

31

8

76

196

211

23-11-4

11-20-4

4-5-1

Lost 2

11

Carolina

73

29

29

15

73

194

217

18-13-6

11-16-9

5-3-2

Won 3

12

Toronto

74

32

34

8

72

210

232

16-14-6

16-20-2

3-6-1

Lost 2

13

Tampa Bay

72

32

33

7

71

202

247

21-14-2

11-19-5

4-5-1

Lost 3

14

NY Islanders

73

30

32

11

71

174

218

15-16-6

15-16-5

4-4-2

Won 2

15

Montreal

73

28

32

13

69

191

203

13-15-9

15-17-4

4-3-3

OT 2

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Why last night rocked:

  • PIT over WPG, 8-4: now nine points and one game behind Florida, Jets are just about unofficially cooked in Eastern race barring a remarkable collapse by WSH; 3H/6R for 'Peggers spells it out rather blatantly
  • NJ over OTT, 1-0: Kovy continues his travels in the Atlanta Wayback Machine, securing the only goal - his 31st of the season and 400th for the career - over a Senators squad missing G Craig Anderson (possibly soon to return, yard-bird-dicing tragedy) and F Jason Spezza (75P/29G, "illness")
  • NYI over TOR, 5-2; not that the outcome of this game mattered at all in the Big Picture, but worth noting simply because the Leafs had a 2-1 lead

Why last night jonesed:

  • G Scott Clemmensen was all of that and then some, but was denied the legitimate shutout due to an errant - and very inadvertent - deflection in the crease by D Ed Jovanovski. Completely accidental.

Panthers Playoff Update:

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

Focusing on clubs within 5 points of Panthers (85P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • MTL at BUF (78P): once more breaking our own rule here with Sabres seven out as of this morning but a victory - likely an easy one - keeps the hope alive in Buffalo for that constantly evolving 8th seed

Next up for the Cats:

  • Tonight from Raleigh; an official on-line feed may or may not be available, and decisions to stream the in-house feed have historically been made very close to initial puck-drop. The LBC Game Thread cares little about such details and plows ahead in glorious MollerVision at 6:30. Be sure to take a moment out of your day to frolic in Canes Country.

Did you know:

  • FLA's current four-game winning streak vs CAR ties the Panthers' all-time best stretch against the Hurricanes, set only once before (January 25 through October 9, 2003)

Tuesday’s Organizational News:

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