PANTHERS CLOSE OUT YEAR WITH WIN OVER FLYERS TO SEAL 3RD IN THE WALES

 

With 3rd seed on the line, the Florida Panthers and Patrick Roy came to play beating the Flyers 3-1 and staking claim to the higher seed. 

 

Bergevin started the scoring with his 13th of the season and that would be all the scoring for the initial 40 minutes of the game. Patrick Roy turned away 19 shots, while Barasso made 17 saves.  The 3rd period was a hard push by Philly, but Dahlin scored his 26th early to get the 2-0 lead. The Flyers would cut it in half on the PP, but with less than 3 minutes to go, Bergevin scored his 2nd(14th) of the game to seal the deal. Roy would make 14 saves in the 3rd as the Panthers held on to a 3-1 victory. 

 

Patrick Roy made 33 saves on 34 shots and moved his final record on the season to 32-19-9.

 

Special teams was -1 with the PP going 0-3, while the PK was 1-3. 

 

1st Star - Patrick Roy - 33 saves

2nd Star - Marc Bergevin - 2 goals, +2, 3 shots, 6 hits

3rd Star - Stephane Richer - 2 assists, +2, 2 shots, 4 hits

 

The Florida Panthers had a crazy ride to end the season and come in hot. Mark Messier ended up being the POTM the last 2 months, while Patrick Roy possibly  took over the lead for the Vezina. Roy ended up winning the Golden Glove Trophy with an .896 SV PCT, .06 higher than Beaupre. He also had the highest Star Points of any goalies with 67, finishing 9th in the standings. Down the stretch the club went 21-4-2 in their last 27 games of the season. That vaulted them from 6th in the conference, to 3rd spot. 

 

They will face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. The regular season the Panthers won 3-1-1 with 22 goals to 17. Of course, the regular season means nothing. 

 

HOUSTON AEROS

The pressure was on as Timmins crushed Houston 18-0. However, over the last few days Albany was unable to catch them and Houston went on to win the Wales Conference in the NMFHL. They finished with a 43-33-4 record and 90 points, 1 more than Albany. 

 

Bubba Smith Sr.
Panthers Press