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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...



Final - 3.4.2012 1 2 3 Total
Ottawa Senators 2 0 0 2
Florida Panthers 0 3 1 4

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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:

  • D Erik Gudbranson (presumably a non-injury situation) was out of the lineup vs OTT
  • Missed this yesterday, but it would appear the Rampage are on a bit of a roll