April 25, 2012
Travis Zajac scored at 5 minutes, 39 seconds of overtime and the New Jersey Devils avoided elimination and sent yet another Eastern Conference first-round series to a seventh game with a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night in Newark. Steve Bernier and Ilya Kovalchuk also scored and Martin Brodeur made 14 saves for New Jersey, which squandered a two-goal lead and had fans dreading another first-round playoff exit until Zajac scored from the right hand circle. The shot beat Scott Clemmensen to the lower corner and set off a mob scene on the ice. Clemmensen was outstanding, stopping 39 shots in an emergency start for the injured Jose Theodore.
April 18, 2012 |
KEVIN KLEIN scored a go-ahead goal 6:25 into the third period and Pekka Rinne made 40 saves, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night and a 3-1 lead in the first-round Western Conference playoff series. The Predators, who have won both games in Detroit, can eliminate Detroit in Game 5 on Friday night in Nashville. Predators rookie Gabriel Bourque broke a scoreless tie 1:55 into the third period. Detroit's Niklas Kronwall tied it 1:19 later with a power-play goal that was waved off on the ice but reversed by video review.
April 18, 2012
Brian Campbell scored on a second-period power play and the Florida Panthers staged their greatest playoff comeback in franchise history, rallying from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the host New Jersey Devils, 4-3, on Tuesday night. Sean Bergenheim, Jason Garrison and Mike Weaver also scored and Scott Clemmensen made 19 saves after replacing Jose Theodore early in giving the Panthers a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven EasternConference first-round series. Zach Parise, Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for the Devils, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening 6 minutes, 16 seconds.
April 6, 2012 |
THE FLORIDA Panthers ended one of the longest playoff droughts in major North American sports Thursday night despite a 4-2 loss to the host Washington Capitals, who also earned a postseason bid to complete the eight-team field for the Eastern Conference. Both teams qualified after Buffalo lost, 2-1, to the Flyers. Still to be determined is the winner of the Southeast Division. The Panthers are in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, but they also will win their first division title in franchise history if they gain at least a point at home against Carolina or if the Capitals lose to the New York Rangers on Saturday, the final day of the regular season.
March 20, 2012 |
The Wells Fargo Center had all the electricity of a neighborhood funeral parlor for most of Tuesday's matchup against upstart Florida on Tuesday night. There were lots of empty red seats. Lots of sleepy play by the home team early in the game. Lots of missed Flyers chances on the power play. The Flyers, who two days earlier scored an epic overtime win with less than a second left, dropped a 2-1 decision to Florida before an announced sellout crowd. (Wink, wink.) The Flyers lost despite outshooting the Panthers, 36-13, and their season-best, five-game home winning streak came to an end. Florida goalie Scott Clemmensen made several saves in the closing seconds to hold off a Flyers flurry.
February 12, 2012
Scott Clemmensen stopped 27 shots against his former team, and Florida beat New Jersey, 3-1, in Newark. Florida stretched its Southeast Division-lead over Washington to two points. Jersey lost its second straight and remained in fourth place in the Atlantic Division. Elsewhere: Evgeni Malkin scored his 30th goal and dished out four assists as the Penguins whipped Winnipeg, 8-5, in Pittsburgh. . . . Taylor Hall scored 17 seconds into overtime and Edmonton got a 4-3 win at Ottawa.
January 10, 2012 |
THE FLORIDA Panthers were excited to break out of their slump with a victory against an elite team. Marcel Goc scored the tiebreaking goal midway throught he second period and the Panthers beat the visiting Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, last night. After a scrum in front of the Vancouver net, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo ended up on his back during the flurry of shots and Goc was able to poke in the puck with 9:08 left in the period. "It wasn't a pretty one. It wasn't anything fancy, but it worked," Goc said.
November 16, 2011
Brad Richards' go-ahead goal with 4 minutes, 55 seconds remaining snapped a tie and sent the visiting New York Rangers to their seventh straight victory, 4-2, over the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. Richards broke a 2-2 tie, and Ryan Callahan added an empty-net goal in the final second for the Rangers. The Islanders (4-8-3) returned home from a three-game road trip and lost for the fifth time in six outings. Sean Avery and defenseman Steve Eminger also scored for the Rangers (10-3-3)
December 12, 2009 |
Scott Clemmensen made 26 saves to beat his former teammates, Michael Frolik scored twice and the Florida Panthers ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night in Newark, N.J. Jordan Leopold and Shawn Matthias also scored, and Nathan Horton and Stephen Weiss each had two assists to help Florida improve to just 2-5-4 in its last 11 games. Brian Rolston and Dean McAmmond scored for New Jersey; the Devils had won four in a row and seven of eight and play host to the Flyers tonight.