Peltonen’s OT Goal in Game 7 Leads 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Panthers Over 3rd-seeded ’96-’97 Panthers

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The Finnish Olympian didn’t have a very full stat sheet at the end of this series, but Ville Peltonen sent the ’08-’09 Panthers onto the Semifinal Round with his OT goal in Game 7. (via panthers.nhl.com)

John Vanbiesbrouck of the 3rd-seeded ’96-’97 Panthers was by far the best player in this series, but he still wasn’t good enough to lift his team to the next round. He started the series out with a 41-save shutout performance as the ’96-’97 Panthers took Game 1, 4-0. The 6th-seeded ’08-’09 Panthers wouldn’t get shutout in Game 2 as they went on to win 5-3 thanks to three goals in the second period. They had four different players register a multi-point game in the win. The ’08-’09 Panthers scored three goals in the second period, again, in Game 3 as they won 5-2 this time. Defenseman Bryan McCabe led the way offensively with a goal and three assists while David Booth netted a couple of goals. The ’96-’97 Panthers took a 3-1 lead early in the third period of Game 4 when Scott Mellanby scored just 21 seconds into the final frame. However, the ’08-’09 Panthers would rally off three unanswered goals with Richard Zednik scoring the tying marker at the 11:15 mark and Nathan Horton scoring the eventual game-winner, on the PP, at the 13:27 mark.

Now trailing 3-1 in the series, Vanbiesbrouck stepped it into high gear. After posting 40 saves in a losing effort in Game 5, he only needed 33 saves to lead the ’96-’97 Panthers to a 5-1 win while Mellanby led offensively with two goals. In Game 6, Vanbiesbrouck would finish with 51 saves on 53 shots against. Ray Sheppard scored with just about a minute and a half remaining in overtime of Game 6 to lead the ’96-’97 Panthers to a 3-2 win and force a Game 7. Then, in that Game 7, the ’96-’97 Panthers took an early lead thanks to a goal from defenseman Gord Murphy just four minutes and five seconds into the game. However, only 38 seconds later, Michael Frolik scored an unassisted goal for the ’08-’09 Panthers to tie the game. The next goal would not come for almost an hour in game time. The game went into overtime tied 1-1, and Ville Peltonen scored for the ’08-’09 Panthers four plus minutes into that overtime to complete the seeded upset and advance to the Semifinal Round. In a losing effort, Vanbiesbrouck stopped 50 of 52 shots against, another stellar performance. 

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Panthers 0 0 0 0
’96-’97 Panthers 0 1 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 FLA – 4   ’08-’09 FLA – 0   (1-0   ’96-’97 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’96-’97 FLA) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (41 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Radek Dvorak (’96-’97 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +4   5 S

3rd Star: C – Stu Barnes (’96-’97 FLA) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +4   2 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Panthers 2 3 0 5
’96-’97 Panthers 2 1 0 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 FLA – 5   ’96-’97 FLA – 3   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Cory Stillman (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   1 S

2nd Star: C – Stephen Weiss (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

3rd Star: RW – Ray Sheppard (’96-’97 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Panthers 1 0 1 2
’08-’09 Panthers 1 3 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 FLA – 5   ’96-’97 FLA – 2   (2-1   ’08-’09 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Bryan McCabe (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   3 A   4 P   +3   4 S

2nd Star: LW – David Booth (’08-’09 FLA) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   8 S

3rd Star: C – Stephen Weiss (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Panthers 2 0 1 3
’08-’09 Panthers 0 1 3 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 FLA – 4   ’96-’97 FLA – 3   (3-1   ’08-’09 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – David Booth (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   -2   11 S

2nd Star: C – Nathan Horton (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   -2   8 S

3rd Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’96-’97 FLA) – L   4.00 GAA   .909 SV% (40 SV’s)

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Panthers 1 0 0 1
’96-’97 Panthers 2 1 2 5

GAME SUMMARY:    ’96-’97 FLA – 5   ’08-’09 FLA – 1   (3-2   ’96-’97 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’96-’97 FLA) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   7 S

2nd Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’96-’97 FLA) – W   1.00 GAA   .971 SV% (33 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Dave Lowry (’96-’97 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’96-’97 Panthers 0 1 1 1 3
’08-’09 Panthers 0 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’96-’97 FLA – 3   ’08-’09 FLA – 2   (OT)   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’96-’97 FLA) – W   2.00 GAA   .962 SV% (51 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Nathan Horton (’08-’09 FLA) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   8 S

3rd Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’08-’09 FLA) – OTL   3.00 GAA   .921 SV% (35 SV’s)

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’08-’09 Panthers 1 0 0 1 2
’96-’97 Panthers 1 0 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ’08-’09 FLA – 2   ’96-’97 FLA – 1   (OT)   (4-3   ’08-’09 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Tomas Vokoun (’08-’09 FLA) – W   1.00 GAA   .973 SV% (36 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’96-’97 FLA) – OTL   2.00 GAA   .962 SV% (50 SV’s)

3rd Star: C – Michael Frolik (’08-’09 FLA) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +1   7 S

That wraps up the First Round of the 2015 Florida Panthers Qualifying Tournament!

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