Apr 21, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski (55) celebrates with goalie Jose Theodore (60) after the Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils in game five of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Game 5: NJD @ FLA – Theodore Bounces Back


After a Game 4 shutout loss in which Scott Clemmensen got the start, the Florida Panthers decided to bring back Jose Theodore for Game 5 at home. It turned out to be the right decision. The first period remained scoreless with each goalie stopping 11 shots. However, 4:00 into the first, Florida star Kris Versteeg got on the board slapping one past Brodeur. 1-0 Panthers after two.

Scottie Upshall would give the Panthers a 2 goal lead at 13:17. At 19:26 Tomas Kopecky would add an empty net goal putting the game away. Jose Theodore would get the shutout in a 3-0 win stopping all 30 shots. Florida leads the series 3-2.

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