NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Florida |
(Tuesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Florida 2, Atlanta 1 (OT)
Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) - Mike Van Ryn scored two goals, including the
game-winner in overtime, as Florida downed Atlanta, 2-1, in the final game of
the season for both clubs.
Roberto Luongo made 39 saves for the Panthers, who closed out the season with
two wins in their last three games. Olli Jokinen had two assists in the
Steve McCarthy scored the lone goal for the Thrashers, who were eliminated
from playoff contention on Monday night with a 6-4 loss to Washington. Adam
Berkhoel allowed two goals on 30 shots in the loss.
"That's as down as I've seen a hockey club," said Atlanta head coach Bob
Hartley. "We've been riding them so hard in the last month and a half that
they were drained. I think that's understandable because every game was like a
playoff game for us."
Late in the third period, Marian Hossa took a roughing penalty that carried
into the extra session. In overtime, Joe Nieuwendyk set up at the right half
wall and centered the puck to a streaking Van Ryn, who ripped a one-timer past
Berkhoel to win it for the Panthers.
"I guess it's a positive note but it's still disappointing," said Van Ryn. "We
thought we were going to have a better season this year and it's nice to see
we picked it up after the Olympic break. I think we're a much better team now
than we were in September so we've got stuff to look forward to for next
The Thrashers made it a 1-0 game with 1:51 left in the opening period when
McCarthy fluttered a snap shot from the left point that beat a screened Luongo
low on his glove side.
Florida tied things up at 1-1 just 4:11 into the second stanza. Jokinen raced
up the right wing and his centering pass in front was tipped by Van Ryn past
Florida finished the regular season with a record of 37-34-11...Jokinen ended
the campaign with 51 assists...Atlanta ended the season with a record of
41-33-8...Hossa registered 53 assists for the year.
04/18 23:19:36 ET