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Panthers aim to keep slim playoff hopes alive

Mar 27, 2008 - 12:52 PM
Atlanta (31-38-8) at Florida (36-32-9) 7:30 pm EDT

SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) - With little margin left for error, the Florida Panthers need to win now to have any chance at the postseason.

After a disappointing loss on Tuesday, the Panthers target a strong finish to the regular season when they host the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday.

Florida followed a poor finish to end February with an 8-0-1 start in March but saw its playoff hopes take a severe hit in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Eastern Conference-worst Tampa Bay.

The loss left the Panthers tied for 10th place in the conference with Buffalo, five points behind eighth-place Boston (38-28-10), which hosts Toronto on Thursday.

Down the stretch, however, the Panthers will have an opportunity to make up the necessary ground in their final five contests.

Two of those games are against ninth-place Washington (38-31-8), one is against Southeast Division-leading Carolina and the other two are against the Thrashers, who will miss the playoffs.

Atlanta dropped its fifth consecutive game in Friday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals.

The Thrashers held a 3-1 advantage after two periods, but Washington beat goaltender Kari Lehtonen three times in the final period before Boyd Gordon scored a late empty-netter.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 2 3
    FLORIDA 0 1 1 2 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - BOBBY HOLIK 13 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN) 19:52
    2ND PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 26 (DAVID BOOTH, BRETT MCLEAN) 9:46
    3RD PRD: ATL - MARK RECCHI 13 (BRYAN LITTLE) 13:47
    ATL - (EN) BOBBY HOLIK 14 (UNASSISTED) 19

    Mar 27 10:05 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    FLORIDA 2
    3RD PRD: FLA - RADEK DVORAK 7 (KAMIL KREPS, GREGORY CAMPBELL) 19:57

    Thrashers 3, Panthers 2  3rd - 0:03Mar 27 10:03 PM
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    Thrashers 3, Panthers 2  3rd - 0:03Mar 27 10:03 PM


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    ATLANTA 3
    FLORIDA 1
    3RD PRD: ATL - (EN) BOBBY HOLIK 14 (UNASSISTED) 19:01

    Thrashers 3, Panthers 1  3rd - 0:59Mar 27 10:01 PM


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    ATLANTA 2
    FLORIDA 1
    3RD PRD: ATL - MARK RECCHI 13 (BRYAN LITTLE) 13:47

    Thrashers 2, Panthers 1  3rd - 6:13Mar 27 9:52 PM
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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 0 1
    FLORIDA 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - BOBBY HOLIK 13 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN) 19:52
    2ND PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 26 (DAVID BOOTH, BRETT MCLEAN) 9:46
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATL 9 13

    Mar 27 9:09 PM
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    Thrashers 1, Panthers 1  2nd - 3:44Mar 27 9:06 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 1
    2ND PRD: FLA - NATHAN HORTON 26 (DAVID BOOTH, BRETT MCLEAN) 9:46

    Thrashers 1, Panthers 1  2nd - 10:14Mar 27 8:55 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATLANTA 1 1
    FLORIDA 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: ATL - BOBBY HOLIK 13 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN) 19:52
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    ATL 9 9
    FLA 15 15
    GOALIES: ATL - KARI LEHTONEN

    Mar 27 8:16 PM


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    ATLANTA 1
    FLORIDA 0
    1ST PRD: ATL - BOBBY HOLIK 13 (ILYA KOVALCHUK, CHRIS THORBURN) 19:52

    Thrashers 1, Panthers 0  1st - 0:08Mar 27 8:15 PM