From The Ice

Panthers clinch Atlantic Division

(Dennis Schneidler/Icon Sportswire)

The Florida Panthers secured the second division title in franchise history on Tuesday, winning the Atlantic after posting a 4-1 road victory over the Montreal Canadiens and having the Tampa Bay Lightning lose to the New York Rangers several minutes later.

Nick Bjugstad and Jiri Hudler scored power-play goals for the Panthers, who extended their franchise records for wins (46) and points (101). Florida, which will be making just its second playoff appearance in 15 seasons, also won the Southeast Division in 2011-12.

Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau extended their career-high point streaks to seven games with a goal and an assist, respectively. Barkov’s tally was his team-leading 28th of the season and fifth in the last four contests.

Florida’s Brian Campbell appeared in his 1,000th career game and 384th in a row. The defenseman has played in 374 consecutive contests with the Panthers, eclipsing the club record set from Dec. 12, 2002-April 5, 2008 by Olli Jokinen.

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