2nd-seeded ’99-’00 Panthers Defeat 5th-seeded ’93-’94 Panthers in Qualifier Final Again; Will Repeat as Florida’s Rep in UNP

_____ Bure's offense helps lead the '99-'00 Panthers to their second consecutive Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance. (via Steve Babineau/Getty Images)

Pavel Bure’s offense helps lead the ’99-’00 Panthers to their second consecutive Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance. (via Steve Babineau/Getty Images)

Here is the 2016 Florida Panthers Qualifying Tournament in its entirety.

For the second straight year, the 2nd-seeded ’99-’00 Florida Panthers have beaten the 5th-seeded ’93-’94 Florida Panthers in the qualifier final. It will be their second straight appearance in the Ultimate NHL Playoff. The ’99-’00 Panthers started out real strong with five goals in the first period of Game 1. The ’93-’94 Panthers made it a game later, but the ’99-’00 Panthers held on for a 6-4 win. Defenseman Jaroslav Spacek led the way offensively with two goals and an assist while four others recorded multi-point nights. The ’99-’00 Panthers then took Game 2 by a score of 6-1. Pavel Bure had his second consecutive multi-point game as he scored twice and added an assist. Both Ray Whitney and Scott Mellanby also pitched in for a goal and an assist each. The ’93-’94 Panthers got on the board in the series with a 4-1 win in Game 3. Goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck stopped 38 of 39 shots against in the win while Bob Kudelski led the way offensively with a pair of goals. The ’99-’00 Panthers responded with a 5-4 win in Game 4 as it was Viktor Kozlov‘s turn to lead the way offensively with a goal and two assists. However, it was his fellow Russian, the Russian Rocket, who scored the only two goals for the ’99-’00 Panthers in a 2-1 Game 5 win that sealed the series and a berth in the UNP.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’93-’94 Panthers 1 3 0 4
’99-’00 Panthers 5 1 0 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’99-’00 FLA – 6   ’93-’94 FLA – 4   (1-0   ’99-’00 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: D – Jaroslav Spacek (’99-’00 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   Even   5 S

2nd Star: G – Mark Fitzpatrick (’93-’94 FLA) – ND   1.00 GAA   .978 SV% (44 SV’s); Replaced starting goalie John Vanbiesbrouck at the 17:54 mark of the First Period

3rd Star: C – Viktor Kozlov (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   3 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’93-’94 Panthers 1 0 0 1
’99-’00 Panthers 2 1 3 6

GAME SUMMARY:  ’99-’00 FLA – 6   ’93-’94 FLA – 1   (2-0   ’99-’00 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Pavel Bure (’99-’00 FLA) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +3   10 S

2nd Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   6 S

3rd Star: RW – Scott Mellanby (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   11 S

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’99-’00 Panthers 1 0 0 1
’93-’94 Panthers 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’93-’94 FLA – 4   ’99-’00 FLA – 1   (2-1   ’99-’00 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’93-’94 FLA) – W   1.00 GAA   .974 SV% (38 SV’s)

2nd Star: RW – Bob Kudelski (’93-’94 FLA) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   7 S

3rd Star: G – Mike Vernon (’99-’00 FLA) – L   4.00 GAA   .915 SV% (43 SV’s)

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’99-’00 Panthers 2 2 1 5
’93-’94 Panthers 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’99-’00 FLA – 5   ’93-’94 FLA – 4   (3-1   ’99-’00 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Viktor Kozlov (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +1   5 S

2nd Star: C – Mike Sillinger (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   6 S

3rd Star: LW – Ray Whitney (’99-’00 FLA) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’93-’94 Panthers 0 1 0 1
’99-’00 Panthers 1 1 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’99-’00 FLA – 2   ’93-’94 FLA – 1   (4-1   ’99-’00 FLA)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Pavel Bure (’99-’00 FLA) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   11 S

2nd Star: G – John Vanbiesbrouck (’93-’94 FLA) – L   2.00 GAA   .958 SV% (46 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Mike Vernon (’99-’00 FLA) – W   1.00 GAA   .969 SV% (31 SV’s)

Up next is the 2016 Ottawa Senators (Modern) Qualifying Tournament!

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