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SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 04: Jack Skille #12 of the Florida Panthers celebrates his insurance goal at 18:34 of the third period against the Ottawa Senators at the BankAtlantic Center on March 4, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers defeated the Senators 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Remember this guy? If you've only skimmed the boxscores, probably not. Forward Jack Skille scored his first goal for the Florida Panthers since February 12 and it was massive: with the Senators prepping to pull netminder Robin Lehner for an extra attacker late in the third period it was Skille - from a gorgeous play by Shawn Matthias - to the rescue with a breathtaking insurance marker at 18:34. He also picked up his first assist in three games while adding 4 hits, 1 BkS and 2 SOG. Video and more after the jump...




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The Eastern Front

Rank

Team

GP

W

L

OT

PTS

GF

GA

Home

Away

L10

Streak

1

NY Rangers

64

42

15

7

91

179

133

22-7-2

20-8-5

6-2-2

Won 1

2

Boston

64

38

23

3

79

209

150

19-12-2

19-11-1

4-5-1

Lost 2

3

Florida

65

31

22

12

74

163

184

16-9-8

15-13-4

4-5-1

Won 1

4

Pittsburgh

64

38

21

5

81

207

167

20-8-2

18-13-3

8-2-0

Won 5

5

Philadelphia

64

36

21

7

79

210

191

15-10-5

21-11-2

5-5-0

Won 2

6

New Jersey

65

36

24

5

77

180

175

16-12-3

20-12-2

5-4-1

Lost 1

7

Ottawa

67

34

25

8

76

202

198

17-13-3

17-12-5

6-3-1

Lost 2

8

Winnipeg

66

31

27

8

70

173

186

20-10-4

11-17-4

5-3-2

Won 1

9

Washington

65

32

28

5

69

172

184

21-10-2

11-18-3

4-6-0

Lost 2

10

Tampa Bay

65

31

28

6

68

184

219

20-9-2

11-19-4

7-3-0

Won 4

11

Buffalo

65

30

27

8

68

162

183

16-11-7

14-16-1

6-2-2

Won 3

12

Toronto

65

30

28

7

67

194

201

16-12-5

14-16-2

2-7-1

Won 1

13

NY Islanders

66

28

29

9

65

155

195

15-14-5

13-15-4

4-5-1

Won 2

14

Carolina

65

24

27

14

62

171

197

17-13-6

7-14-8

4-2-4

OT 1

15

Montreal

66

25

31

10

60

170

184

12-15-8

13-16-2

2-7-1

Lost 1

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Why last night rocked:

  • PHI over WSH, 1-0 (REG); Caps have been shutout in last two, outscored 6-0. Face CAR tomorrow.
  • NYI over NJD, 1-0 (REG); Devs downed WSH 5-0 Friday only to implode in Nassau. Isles beat da Broons Saturday as well.
  • NYR over BOS, 4-3 (REG); Cats only five back of the Bruins, who are 2-3-1 in past six.

Why last night jonesed:

  • Three clubs Florida needed to lose, did...and all in regulation. Not to mention defeating Ottawa - in stunning come-from-behind fashion, Jersey-style - for the first time since we had a manned spaceflight program with a (relatively) robust schedule. Not seeing a whole lot to cry about here.

Panthers Playoff Update:

Why tonight is a Big Deal in SoFla:

Focusing on clubs within 6 points of Panthers (66P); teams FLA needs to lose in bold

  • BUF (68P) at WPG (70P), 8 p.m. (NBC-SN); if there's an anti-Sabres argument to be made, we'd love to hear it. Jets' winners of past two with points in all three vs Buffalo in 2011-12.

Next up for the Cats:

Did you know:

  • Before yesterday, the Panthers hadn't beaten Ottawa by more than one goal in Sunrise since March 31, 2009 (5-2). Florida only picked up one further victory 10 months later - 3-0 in Kanata - before the infamous nine-game skid.

On the table:

Sunday’s Organizational News:

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