First Round Concludes as 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Panthers Defeat 41st-seeded ’20-’21 Tigers in Five Games

_____ Bure (Photo via Doug Pensinger /Allsport)

Pavel Bure (Photo via Doug Pensinger /Allsport)

The Florida Panthers franchise has now defeated the old Hamilton Tigers franchise in the First Round of both Ultimate NHL Playoffs. This time it was the 24th-seeded ’99-’00 Panthers defeated the 41st-seeded ’20-’21 Tigers in five games.

The Panthers showed some nice offensive balance in this series, but at the forefront was the Russian Rocket. Pavel Bure totaled 11 points to lead them in overall scoring while Mike Sillinger finished second with 10. Bure was one of three players for the Panthers to finish with four goals, a team-high, along with defensemen Robert Svehla and Jaroslav Spacek. Mark Parrish and Ray Whitney were second behind those three with three goals each. Sillinger finished above Bure in assists with 8 to lead the Panthers with Bure’s 7 being second. Svehla posted the highest plus/minus rating in the series at +7 and fellow defenseman Bret Hedican‘s +6 was second in the series and the team. Goaltender Mike Vernon got off to a shaky start, but finished strong while the Panthers’ offense stepped up. However, because of the bad start, his numbers at the end of the series did not look very good. He finished with a 3.40 goals against average and a .884 save percentage.

It wasn’t a terrible series for the Tigers. They just couldn’t keep up with the Florida offense. Joe Malone had a good one and was arguably the best player in the series as he led Hamilton in goals (6) and points (12) and was second in assists (6). Goldie Prodgers and defenseman Leo Reise were tied for second in goals with three. It was Prodgers who led the Tigers in apples in this series with eight and that helped him finish second in points behind Malone with 11. Both Reise and fellow defenseman Ed Carpenter were the only two Tigers to finish with a positive plus/minus rating at +3. The next best plus/minus rating was -1 with Mickey Roach. Goaltender Howard Lockhart was very busy in this series as he faced an average of 58 shots on goal per game. He finished the series with a 5.40 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.

Here are this series’ links:

Three Stars of the Series:

  1. HAM – C – Joe Malone – 6 G   6 A   12 P   -2   50 S   6 Star Points
  2. FLA – RW – Pavel Bure – 4 G   7 A   11 P   +3   34 S   1 GWG   4 PIM   3 Star Points
  3. FLA – C – Mike Sillinger – 2 G   8 A   10 P   +2   48 S   6 PIM   3 Star Points

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers 2 1 1 4
#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers 2 2 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘99-’00 FLA – 5   ‘20-’21 HAM – 4   (1-0   ‘99-’00 FLA)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAM – 2:34 – HAM: J. Malone (1) assisted by B. Coutu (1)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 4:00 – FLA: M. Parrish (1) assisted by R. Svehla (1), M. Sillinger (1)
  • 2 – 1 HAM – 13:24 – HAM: B. Coutu (1) unassisted
  • 2 – 2 tie – 15:58 – PP – FLA: R. Whitney (1) assisted by P. Bure (1), M. Sillinger (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 FLA – 13:17 – FLA: P. Bure (1) assisted by V. Kozlov (1), J. Spacek (1)
  • 4 – 2 FLA – 14:47 – FLA: M. Sillinger (1) assisted by S. Mellanby (1)
  • 4 – 3 FLA – 19:42 – HAM: L. Reise (1) assisted by G. Prodgers (1), J. Malone (1)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 3 FLA – 6:40 – FLA: J. Spacek (1) assisted by M. Parrish (1), M. Sillinger (3)
  • 5 – 4 FLA – 13:39 – HAM: T. McCarthy (1) assisted by J. Malone (2), E. Carpenter (1)

 

TEAM STATS:

#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers #24 ‘99-’00 Panthers
4 Goals 5
34 Shots 48
PP 1/1
0/1 SH
PP% 100%
0% PK%
GWG J. Spacek (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Mike Sillinger (FLA)
  • 2nd Star: Joe Malone (HAM)
  • 3rd Star: Mark Parrish (FLA)

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers 5 2 0 1 8
#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers 4 1 2 0 7

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘20-’21 HAM – 8   ‘99-’00 FLA – 7   (OT)   (1-1)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 FLA – 3:05 – FLA: V. Kozlov (1) assisted by P. Bure (2)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 3:49 – HAM: J. Malone (2) assisted by G. Prodgers (2), B. Coutu (2)
  • 2 – 1 HAM – 4:43 – HAM: J. Malone (3) assisted by G. Prodgers (3), B. Coutu (3)
  • 3 – 1 HAM – 5:45 – HAM: M. Roach (1) assisted by J. Malone (3), G. Prodgers (4)
  • 3 – 2 HAM – 6:40 – FLA: J. Spacek (2) assisted by M. Sillinger (4), M. Parrish (2)
  • 4 – 2 HAM – 10:50 – SH – HAM: J. Malone (4) assisted by M. Roach (1), L. Reise (1)
  • 4 – 3 HAM – 11:11 – PP – FLA: R. Svehla (1) assisted by P. Bure (3), M. Sillinger (5)
  • 4 – 4 tie – 11:43 – FLA: P. Bure (2) assisted by R. Whitney (1)
  • 5 – 4 HAM – 14:48 – HAM: J. Matte (1) assisted by J. Malone (4), M. Roach (2)

 

2nd Period:

  • 6 – 4 HAM – 1:54 – HAM: G. Prodgers (1) assisted by L. Reise (2)
    • FLA replaces starting goalie M. Vernon with backup R. Shulmistra
  • 6 – 5 HAM – 4:45 – FLA: V. Kozlov (2) assisted by R. Whitney (2), P. Bure (4)
  • 7 – 5 HAM – 7:57 – HAM: J. Malone (5) assisted by M. Roach (3), B. Coutu (4)

 

3rd Period:

  • 7 – 6 HAM – 1:39 – FLA: M. Parrish (2) assisted by I. Novoseltsev (1), M. Sillinger (5)
  • 7 – 7 tie – 3:26 – FLA: L. Barrie (1) assisted by S. Mellanby (2), B. Hedican (1)

 

Overtime:

  • 8 – 7 HAM – 9:28 – HAM: L. Reise (2) assisted by M. Roach (4), G. Prodgers (4)

 

TEAM STATS:

#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers #24 ‘99-’00 Panthers
8 Goals 7
35 Shots 63
0/1 PP 1/4
3/4 SH 1/1
0% PP% 25%
75% PK% 100%
L. Reise (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Joe Malone (HAM)
  • 2nd Star: Mickey Roach (HAM)
  • 3rd Star: Goldie Prodgers (HAM)

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers 1 2 2 5
#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘99-’00 FLA – 5   ‘20-’21 HAM – 1   (2-1   ‘99-’00 FLA)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 HAM – 5:04 – HAM: G. Prodgers (2) assisted by L. Reise (3), J. Malone (5)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 7:54 – PP – FLA: R. Whitney (2) assisted by M. Sillinger (6), P. Bure (5)

 

2nd Period:

  • 2 – 1 FLA – 0:45 – FLA: R. Svehla (2) assisted by S. Mellanby (3), B. Hedican (2)
  • 3 – 1 FLA – 4:15 – FLA: M. Parrish (3) assisted by R. Svehla (2)
  • 16:28 – B. Coutu (HAM) ejected for butt-ending

 

3rd Period:

  • 4 – 1 FLA – 3:45 – FLA: R. Svehla (3) assisted by B. Hedican (3), P. Worrell (1)
  • 5 – 1 FLA – 16:53 – FLA: L. Pitlick (1) assisted by J. Spacek (2)

 

TEAM STATS:

#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers #41 ‘20-’21 Tigers
5 Goals 1
53 Shots 36
1/2 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 1/2
50% PP% 0%
100% PK% 50%
R. Svehla (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Robert Svehla (FLA)
  • 2nd Star: Mike Vernon (FLA)
  • 3rd Star: Bret Hedican (FLA)

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers 3 1 1 5
#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers 1 1 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘99-’00 FLA – 5   ‘20-’21 HAM – 3   (3-1   ‘99-’00 FLA)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 FLA – 5:48 – FLA: I. Novoseltsev (1) assisted by M. Parrish (3)
  • 2 – 0 FLA – 10:04 – FLA: B. Hedican (1) assisted by P. Bure (6), R. Svehla (3)
  • 2 – 1 FLA – 13:06 – HAM: B. Coutu (2) assisted by J. Matte (1), G. Prodgers (6)
  • 3 – 1 FLA – 18:52 – FLA: J. Spacek (3) assisted by M. Parrish (4)

 

2nd Period:

  • 4 – 1 FLA – 2:56 – FLA: P. Bure (3) assisted by L. Pitlick (1)
  • 4 – 2 FLA – 4:47 – HAM: G. Carey (1) assisted by J. Matte (2)

 

3rd Period:

  • 5 – 2 FLA – 2:45 – FLA: P. Bure (4) assisted by J. Spacek (3), R. Whitney (3)
  • 5 – 3 FLA – 11:16 – HAM: L. Reise (3) assisted by G. Prodgers (7), M. Roach (5)

 

TEAM STATS:

#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers #41 ‘20-’21 Tigers
5 Goals 3
68 Shots 30
PP 0/2
2/2 SH
PP% 0%
100% PK%
P. Bure (1) GWG

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Pavel Bure (FLA)
  • 2nd Star: Howard Lockhart (HAM)
  • 3rd Star: Jaroslav Spacek (FLA)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers 2 1 0 3
#24 ‘99-’00 Panthers 2 3 0 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ‘99-’00 FLA – 5   ‘20-’21 HAM – 3   (4-1   ‘99-’00 FLA)

1st Period:

  • 1 – 0 FLA – 2:11 – FLA: M. Sillinger (2) assisted by S. Mellanby (4)
  • 1 – 1 tie – 2:54 – HAM: J. Malone (6) assisted by G. Prodgers (8)
  • 2 – 1 HAM – 10:20 – HAM: G. Prodgers (3) assisted by J. Malone (6), L. Reise (4)
  • 2 – 2 tie – 10:41 – FLA: S. Mellanby (1) assisted by P. Laus (1), L. Barrie (1)

 

2nd Period:

  • 3 – 2 FLA – 14:51 – FLA: J. Spacek (4) assisted by S. Mellanby (5), L. Pitlick (2)
  • 4 – 2 FLA – 17:17 – FLA: R. Whitney (3) assisted by P. Bure (7), V. Kozlov (2)
  • 4 – 3 FLA – 19:25 – HAM: G. Carey (1) assisted by M. McDonnell (1)
  • 5 – 3 FLA – 19:49 – FLA: R. Svehla (4) assisted by M. Sillinger (8), S. Mellanby (6)

3rd Period:

 

TEAM STATS:

#41 ‘20-’21 Tigers #24 ‘99-’00 Panthers
3 Goals 5
33 Shots 61
0/3 PP 0/1
1/1 SH 3/3
0% PP% 0%
100% PK% 100%
GWG R. Whitney (1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

  • 1st Star: Scott Mellanby (FLA)
  • 2nd Star: Howard Lockhart (HAM)
  • 3rd Star: Joe Malone (HAM)

These two franchises faced off in the First Round of last year’s inaugural tournament and just like last year, it was the Panthers who came out on top. The ’99-’00 Panthers now advance to play the 9th-seeded ’19-’20 Ottawa Senators in the Second Round!

This concludes the First Round of the 2015 Ultimate NHL Playoff!!!

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