Minnesota Wild Win Shootout Over Florida Panthers In Sunrise, 3-2

The Panthers and the Wild both opened the season as surprise success stories, but have each recently found themselves in familiar positions, on their respective conferences playoff fringes. Can Florida salvage a home win after losing their first three?

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Wild Win Shootout In Sunrise, Beat Panthers 3-2

The two underachieving interconference foes saw the puck drop on a night in south Florida when most everyone’s attention is focused on the Heatles and Vinsanity. Stephen Weiss set a record when the puck dropped by appearing in his 614th Florida game, passing Radek Dvorak. The game also saw three players join or rejoin the Panthers on the ice. The return of defenseman Ed Jovanovski, back from a broken hand, Michal Repik, called up from San Antonio, and Jon Matsumoto, also called up from the Rampage. Matsumoto is the recent trade return for Evgeny Dadonov going to the Carolina Hurricanes.

First period:

Darroll Powe beat Jose Theodore between the pads at the three minute mark, but Erik Gudbranson managed to keep it out of the net with some quick stickwork to keep the game scoreless.

At the 11 minute mark, Jovanovski was called for interference on Jed Ortmeyer along the right side in the Florida zone. The Wild have been converting 15% of their power plays this season, placing them near the back of the NHL in 23rd. The Panthers penalty kill is 22nd, at 81%. Sean Bergenheim kept the puck in the Wild zone, pretty much unassisted for about 20 seconds. Minnesota managed to get one shot on goal, but never threatened to break the seal on the scoreboard.

Kris Versteeg was called for holding Devin Setoguchi’s stick at the 17 minute mark for Minnesota’s second man advantage of the game. Florida again only allowed one shot on goal, as the Panthers displayed an efficient penalty kill.

Second period:

Sean Bergenheim was hi-sticked in the face by Nick Schultz at the seven minute mark. Florida won their first two faceoffs, keeping the puck in the Minnesota zone for the first 1:42 of the man advantage and collecting four shots on goal.

Devin Setoguchi ran over Jose Theodore at the 13 minute mark to put the Cats back up a man for two minutes. After just a few seconds, Mikael Samuelsson (8) finally got the Panthers on the board when he corraled a loose rebound in front of Niklas Backstrom and flipped it into the net. Tomas Fleischmann (26) and Stephen Weiss (29) collected assists on the play.

The Wild would score the equalizer with only 19 seconds remaining in the period. Kyle Brodziak (16) scored with assists from Marek Zidlicky (14) and Dany Heatley (24).

Third Period:

Stephen Weiss tripped Jared Spurgeon less than a minute into the period, putting the Wild on their third power play of the night. Minnesota would pull ahead soon after when Matt Cullen (13) wristed one past an out of position Jose Theodore with assists by Dany Heatley (25) and Jared Spurgeon (17).

Sean Bergenheim was high sticked in the face by Marek Zidlicky at the four minute mark, giving the Panthers their third power play of the evening. Florida wouldn’t enjoy any returns for their two minutes up a man.

At the 16 minute mark, Sean Bergenheim moved into a tie for third on the team with his 13th goal of the season to pull the Panthers into a tie. Brian Campbell (38) and Mikael Samuelsson (10) earned the assists. Regulation would end knotted up, and the teams resorted to bonus four-on-four hockey to decide things.

Overtime:

Neither team would gain an edge in the five minute overtime period.

Shootout:

Erik Christensen would go first for Minnesota, who has 25 shootout goals over his career, third all time, beat Theodore glove side.

Kris Versteeg lost to Backstrom with a backhand.

Matt Cullen beat Theodore five hole.

Sean Bergenheim was stopped cold by Backstrom. Minnesota wins in the shootout.

Hits: Panthers, 38-34 (Jack Skille and Erik Gudbranson each collected seven hits for the Panthers, while Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe each had six for the Wild).

Blocked Shots: Wild, 23-10 (Nate Prosser had four for Minnesota).

Faceoffs: Panthers, 30-25 (Stephen Weiss won 16 of 27 faceoff chances for Florida, Tomas Kopecky won 10 of 16. Matt Cullen won nine of 22 for the Wild).

Shots on Goal: Panthers, 43-28 (Mikael Samuelsson took a season high eight shots for the Cats, Sean Bergenheim added seven, while Dany Heatley paced the Wild with six.

Score: Wild 3, Panthers 2

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Samuelsson Scores On Power Play, Cats And Wild Tied After Two

Sean Bergenheim was hi-sticked in the face by Nick Schultz at the seven minute mark. Florida won their first two faceoffs, keeping the puck in the Minnesota zone for the first 1:42 of the man advantage and collecting four shots on goal.

Devin Setoguchi ran over Jose Theodore at the 13 minute mark to put the Cats back up a man for two minutes. After just a few seconds, Mikael Samuelsson (8) finally got the Panthers on the board when he corraled a loose rebound in front of Niklas Backstrom and flipped it into the net. Tomas Fleischmann (26) and Stephen Weiss (29) collected assists on the play.

The Wild would score the equalizer with only 19 seconds remaining in the period. Kyle Brodziak (16) scored with assists from Marek Zidlicky (14) and Dany Heatley (24).

Hits: Wild, 23-21 (Jack Skille collected five hits for the Panthers, while Darroll Powe had six for the Wild).

Blocked Shots: Wild, 12-5 (Kyle Brodziak and Nate Prosser each had three for Minnesota).

Faceoffs: Panthers, 17-16 (Stephen Weiss won nine of 17 faceoff chances for Florida. Matt Cullen won five of 12 for the Wild).

Shots on Goal: Panthers, 24-19 (Mikael Samuelsson took five for the Cats, while Dany Heatley paced the Wild with four.)

Score: Panthers 1, Wild 1

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Scoreless Tie In Sunrise, Wild And Panthers All Locked Up After One

The two underachieving interconference foes saw the puck drop on a night in south Florida when most everyone’s attention is focused on the Heatles and Vinsanity. Stephen Weiss set a record when the puck dropped by appearing in his 614th Florida game, passing Radek Dvorak. The game also saw three players join or rejoin the Panthers on the ice. The return of defenseman Ed Jovanovski, back from a broken hand, Michal Repik, called up from San Antonio, and Jon Matsumoto, also called up from the Rampage. Matsumoto is the recent trade return for Evgeny Dadonov going to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Darroll Powe beat Jose Theodore between the pads at the three minute mark, but Erik Gudbranson managed to keep it out of the net with some quick stickwork to keep the game scoreless.

At the 11 minute mark, Jovanovski was called for interference on Jed Ortmeyer along the right side in the Florida zone. The Wild have been converting 15% of their power plays this season, placing them near the back of the NHL in 23rd. The Panthers penalty kill is 22nd, at 81%. Sean Bergenheim kept the puck in the Wild zone, pretty much unassisted for about 20 seconds. Minnesota managed to get one shot on goal, but never threatened to break the seal on the scoreboard.

Kris Versteeg was called for holding Devin Setoguchi’s stick at the 17 minute mark for Minnesota’s second man advantage of the game. Florida again only allowed one shot on goal, as the Panthers displayed an efficient penalty kill.

Hits: Tied, 14-14 (Jack Skille collected five hits for the Panthers, while Cal Clutterbuck and Darroll Powe each had four for the Wild).

Blocked Shots: Wild, 5-3 (Nate Prosser had two for Minnesota).

Faceoffs: Panthers, 10-7 (Stephen Weiss won six of nine faceoff chances).

Shots on Goal: Tied, 11-11 (Dany Heatley and Sean Bergenheim each put three pucks on the opposing goal

Score: Panthers 0, Wild 0

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Minnesota Wild Visit Florida Panthers: Starting Lineups And Injury Reports

Florida Panthers:

Injuries:


Florida Panthers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ed Jovanovski other-excused 01/17/2012
Marco Sturm knee 02/02/2012
Scottie Upshall sports-hernia 01/25/2012
Jason Garrison other-excused 02/12/2012
Dmitry Kulikov knee 01/22/2012

Starting Lineup:

Florida has recalled Michal Repik and Jon Matsumoto from the San Antonio Rampage as Nolan Yonkman was sent down. Matt Bradley will sit with a concussion, and Marcel Goc left practice early today, a possible scratch.

Forwards:

Tomas Kopecky - Stephen Weiss - Kris Versteeg

Sean Bergenheim - Marcel Goc - Mikael Samuelsson

Tomas Fleischmann - Shawn Matthias - Jack Skille

Matt Bradley - Mike Santorelli - Krys Barch

Defensemen:

Brian Campbell - Erik Gudbranson

Ed Jovanovski - Mike Weaver

Tyson Strachan - Keaton Ellerby

Goalie:

Jose Theodore is 3-3-1 lifetime against the Minnesota Wild, and should start tonight's game.

Minnesota Wild:

Injuries:


Minnesota Wild Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Warren Peters other-excused 02/23/2012

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Mikko Koivu undisclosed 02/23/2012

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clayton Stoner other-excused 02/03/2012
Pierre-Marc Bouchard groin 01/05/2012
Mike Lundin other-excused 02/17/2012
Guillaume Latendresse concussion 12/15/2011
Carson McMillan other-excused 02/15/2012
Jarod Palmer other-excused 12/31/2011

Starting Lineup:

Forwards:

Devin Setoguchi - Kyle Brodziak - Dany Heatley

Nick Johnson - Matt Cullen - Darroll Powe

Chad Rau - Erik Christensen - Cal Clutterbuck

Matt Kassian - Warren Peters - Jed Ortmeyer

Defensemen:

Marco Scandella - Jared Spurgeon

Greg Zanon - Marek Zidlicky

Nate Prosser - Nick Schultz

Goalie:

Niklas Backstrom has been confirmed in net for the Wild. He boasts a 3-0-1 career mark against the Panthers.

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Minnesota Wild Visit Florida Panthers: Facts And Figures

The Panthers haven’t played Minnesota in over a year. Florida is looking to halt a season high three game losing streak and hold on to the slight edge they hold in the Southeast Division.

Common Thread:

Panthers center John Madden spent last season with the Wild, scoring 12 goals and 13 assists with a minus-9 rating and 10 penalty minutes.

Panthers goaltender Jose Theodore also spent 2010-11 with the Wild. He posted a 15-11-3 record with a .916 save percentage and a 2.71 GAA.

Wild center Matt Cullen spent 86 games over parts of two seasons with the Panthers, totalling 12 goals and 19 assists with a minus-6 rating and 46 penalty minutes.

Team Milestones:

Games: Stephen Weiss moves past Radek Dvorak tonight as the all-time leader in Panthers games played, with 614.

Goals: Shawn Matthias is tied in 45th with Mike Van Ryn, with 25 goals. Mike Santorelli is tied with Gary Roberts and Mike Hough in 42nd, with 27 goals, one more will move him into a tie for 41st with Brian McCabe.

Assists: With two more assists, Brian Campbell will move into the franchise top 50, with 39, Tying Jaroslav Spacek.

Team Leaders:

Games:
Mike Weaver, Brian Campbell, Tomas Fleischmann – 58

Goals:
Kris Versteeg – 22
Tomas Fleischmann – 19
Stephen Weiss, Jason Garrison – 13

Assists:
Brian Campbell – 37
Stephen Weiss – 28
Kris Versteeg – 26

Points:
Kris Versteeg – 48
Tomas Fleischmann – 44
Stephen Weiss – 41

Plus/Minus:
Jason Garrison – plus-6
Stephen Weiss – plus-5
Kris Versteeg – plus-3

Point Share:
Jose Theodore – 6.6
Kris Versteeg, Jason Garrison – 6.2
Brian Campbell – 6.0

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Minnesota Wild Visit Florida Panthers: Game 59 Preview

The Panthers and the Wild both opened the season as surprise success stories, but have each recently found themselves in familiar positions, on their respective conferences playoff fringes. Can Florida salvage a home win after losing their first three?

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