Florida 3, New Jersey 0

Saturday, April 21, 2012 6:30 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 3, DEVILS 0: Kris Versteeg had a power-play goal and an assist and Jose Theodore stopped all 30 shots he faced as host Florida blanked New Jersey to seize a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Theodore, who was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots in Game 3, was unbeatable in Game 5 to earn his second career playoff shutout.

Florida will attempt to close out the series in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Versteeg opened the scoring after taking a quick cross-ice pass from Stephen Weiss before ripping a shot over Martin Brodeur in the second period. The goal was Florida's seventh with the man advantage in the series.

Scottie Upshall doubled the lead at 13:17 of the third period when Brodeur got caught out of his net trying to play the puck. Versteeg beat the four-time Vezina Trophy winner to a loose puck and centered to Upshall, who deposited his first goal of the series into the empty net.

Tomas Kopecky added a shorthanded empty-net goal with 34 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison (lower body) didn't play. ... A team has taken a 3-0 lead in every game of the series. ... The Devils went 0-for-3 on the power play.

Top Game Performances

New Jersey   Florida
N/A Points Kris Versteeg 2
N/A Goals Kris Versteeg 1
N/A Assists Kris Versteeg 1
N/A Power Play Goals Kris Versteeg 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Tomas Kopecky 1
Martin Brodeur .938 Save Percentage Jose Theodore 1.000
Martin Brodeur 30 Saves Jose Theodore 30

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
New Jersey 30 0 0-3 5-6 14 27
Florida 32 3 1-6 3-3 8 31

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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