2015 Florida Panthers Qualifying Tournament Begins w/ Top-seeded ’95-’96 Panthers Defeating 8th-seeded ’14-’15 Panthers in Five Games

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Rob Niedermayer played a key role in the ’95-’96 Panthers getting an early lead in this series before they closed it out in five games. (via fansided.com)

This series could’ve been a lot different if Game 1 had finished differently…..maybe. The top-seeded ’95-’96 Panthers took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission after the 8th-seeded ’14-’15 Panthers scored just 48 seconds into the game thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau. The ’14-’15 Panthers fought their way back until Jimmy Hayes scored at the 8:15 mark of the third to tie the game 4-4 and eventually forced overtime. Then, Rob Niedermayer won it eight plus minutes into overtime for the top seed. Then, in Game 2, a shorthanded goal from Brad Boyes in the final minute of the second period gave the ’14-’15 Panthers a 2-1 lead. However, the ’95-’96 Panthers would rally off six goals in the third period, including two from Niedermayer to comeback for a big 7-3 win. In Game 3, the ’95-’96 Panthers opened a 3-0 lead with Ray Sheppard scoring the third goal in the first minute of the second period. Goalie Roberto Luongo would shut the door from their for the ’14-’15 Panthers, but they could only beat John Vanbiesbrouck twice over the course of the rest of the game as the top seed took a 3-0 series lead. The ’14-’15 Panthers won their only game of the series in Game 4 by a score of 5-4 with 11 different players registering a point and four of them posting more than one point. Then, the top seed finished the series with a 5-3 win in Game 5 after scoring four in the first period alone.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Panthers 1 1 2 0 4
’95-’96 Panthers 3 0 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 FLA – 5   ’14-’15 FLA – 4   (OT)   (1-0   ’95-’96 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Johan Garpenlov (’95-’96 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   4 S

2nd Star: RW – Jimmy Hayes (’14-’15 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   3 S

3rd Star: C – Rob Niedermayer (’95-’96 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Panthers 0 2 1 3
’95-’96 Panthers 0 1 6 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 FLA – 7   ’14-’15 FLA – 3   (2-0   ’95-’96 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’95-’96 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +4   7 S

2nd Star: C – Rob Niedermayer (’95-’96 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   5 S

3rd Star: C – Jesse Belanger (’95-’96 FLA) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +2   1 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Panthers 2 1 0 3
’14-’15  Panthers 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 FLA – 3   ’14-’15 FLA – 2   (3-0   ’95-’96 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’95-’96 FLA) – W   2.00 GAA   .959 SV% (47 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Roberto Luongo (’14-’15 FLA) – L   3.00 GAA   .927 SV% (38 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Robert Svehla (’95-’96 FLA) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   4 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’95-’96 Panthers 1 2 1 4
’14-’15  Panthers 1 3 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’14-’15 FLA – 5   ’95-’96 FLA – 4   (3-1   ’95-’96 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Aaron Ekblad (’14-’15 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   2 S

2nd Star: C – Rob Niedermayer (’95-’96 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   Even   2 S

3rd Star: D – Brian Campbell (’14-’15 FLA) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   0 S   2 PIM

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’14-’15 Panthers 1 2 0 3
’95-’96 Panthers 4 1 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’95-’96 FLA – 5   ’14-’15 FLA – 3   (4-1   ’95-’96 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Jody Hull (’95-’96 FLA) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: G – Dan Ellis (’14-’15 FLA) – ND   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (36 SV’s); Replaced starter Roberto Luongo at the 3:55 mark of the second period

3rd Star: LW – Jonathan Huberdeau (’14-’15 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   6 S

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’11-’12 Panthers and the ’93-’94 Panthers!

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