Florida 4, New Jersey 2

Sunday, April 15, 2012 7:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
New Jersey 48-28-2-4 24-13-0-4 24-15-2-0 L1
Florida 38-26-7-11 21-9-2-9 17-17-5-2 W1


PANTHERS 4, DEVILS 2: Stephen Weiss scored a pair of power play goals and Marcel Goc had a goal and an assist as host Florida leveled its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with New Jersey at one game apiece.

Florida jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Weiss’ first two career playoff goals and a tally from Marcel Goc late in the second period. Weiss became the only player in franchise history to tally two power play goals to lift the Panthers to their first playoff victory since April 17, 1997.

The Devils came alive early in the third, scoring twice in a 74-second span on markers from Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk to cut the Florida lead to 3-2. Kovalchuk had a chance to knot the contest at 3-3 late in the final frame when he fired a one-timer just wide of the right post from close range.

Tomas Fleischmann added an empty-net goal with one second remaining to seal the victory.

Jose Theodore was solid in goal, making 23 saves to earn his 20th career playoff win.

The series shifts to New Jersey for Game 3 on Tuesday.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Weiss’ goal 23 seconds in was the fastest goal in Panthers playoff history and the quickest playoff power-play marker in the NHL since 1987… New Jersey had its seven-game winning streak snapped.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Florida
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Points Stephen Weiss 2
Ilya Kovalchuk 1 Goals Stephen Weiss 2
Andy Greene 1 Assists Marcel Goc 1
N/A Power Play Goals Stephen Weiss 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Martin Brodeur .870 Save Percentage Jose Theodore .920
Martin Brodeur 20 Saves Jose Theodore 23

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 25 2 0-2 2-4 8 24
Florida 24 4 2-4 2-2 4 29

Upcoming Games

  • Florida will play its next game on the road against New Jersey. The Panthers have a W/L % of .459 after a win and .467 after a loss.
  • New Jersey will play its next game at home against Florida. The Devils have a W/L % of .604 after a win and .559 after a loss.
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