Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Leafs

Stars of the game

1st: Nick Bjugstad (2G-1A-3P)

2nd: Brad Boyes (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Sean Bergenheim (0G-2A-2P)

Goals (Panthers 4, Leafs 2)

FLA: Brandon Pirri (13) Assists: Quinton Howden, Brian Campbell

TOR: Tyler Bozak (19) Assists: Jake Gardiner, James van Riemsdyk

FLA: Brad Boyes (21) Assists: Nick Bjugstad, Sean Bergenheim

FLA: Nick Bjugstad (15) Assists: Sean Bergenheim, Brad Boyes

FLA: Nick Bjugstad (16) (Short-Handed) Assists: Tomas Fleischmann, Colby Robak

TOR: Paul Ranger (6) Assists: Tyler Bozak, Jake Gardiner

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Nick Bjugstad on The Verge of Making Panthers History

SUNRISE, Fla — Just one game remaining in the Florida Panthers 2013-14 season and rookie center Nick Bjugstad has a chance to make history.

With 81 games already in the books, Bjugstad currently sits atop the Panthers’ scoring list with 38 (16-22-38) total points. If he can manage to hold onto this lead with just one more game to play, he will become the fist Panthers’ rookie to ever win the team’s scoring title.

Bjugstad entered Thursday night’s game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs in the midst of a four-game scoring drought, but still just two points behind Scottie Upshall’s team-leading 37 points.

After notching one assist through the first two periods, Bjugstad netted his first goal since March 1 on a beautiful wrap-around that squeaked past Maple Leafs’ goaltender Drew Macintyre at 3:23 of the third period.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Maple Leafs

1st: Brian Campbell (0G-2A-2P)

2nd: Shawn Matthias (1G-0A-1P)

3rd: Tom Gilbert (1G-0A-1P)

Goals (Panthers 4, Maple Leafs 1)

FLA: Tom Gilbert (3) (Powerplay) Assists: Brian Campbell, Jonathan Huberdeau

FLA: Jesse Winchester (8) Assists: Brian Campbell, Scott Gomez

TOR: David Clarkson (4) Assists: Nazem Kadri

FLA: Shawn Matthias (6) Assists: Unassisted

FLA: Marcel Goc (10) (Empty Net) Assists: Tomas Kopecky, Mike Weaver

Highlight

Jonathan Huberdeau fought Jake Gardiner for his first NHL fight, as well as recorded an assist, only one goal shy of the Gordie Howe Hat Trick.

Quote of the game

“They tried to get into Bergenheim’s kitchen a little bit, he’s unfazed…you’re not going to intimidate him.” Horachek on Bergenheim leading the team with 5 hits.

Tweet of the game

Next Up

The Florida Panthers will take on the Detroit Red Wings at the BB&T Center, on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Tune into FOX Sports Florida to catch all of the action!

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Video: Jonathan Huberdeau Beats Up Jake Gardiner (No, Seriously)

With tough-guy Krys Barch a healthy scratch against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Florida Panthers saw the emergence of a brand new brawler in their lineup … Jonathan Huberdeau?

Yes, you read that right, the 2013 Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau went looking for a fight on Tuesday night and found one in Maple Leafs’ defenseman, Jake Gardiner.

It may have taken 102 games for Huberdeau to record his first brawl, but boy did he make it count.

Video courtesy of Hockeyfights.com

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Why The Panthers Lottery Ticket Promo Isn’t Crazy

On Tuesday afternoon the eyes of the hockey world were once again fixated on the Florida Panthers, and once again, it was for all the wrong reasons. With hopes of getting fans into the BB&T Center during the team’s final home stand before the Olympic break, the Panthers concocted a fun ticket promotion that involved giving away a free $20 upper level ticket to any fan that submitted $10 or more in non-winning Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Tickets at the Box Office.

Here is the official excerpt from from the Panthers’ fan zone:

Fans who submit $10 or more of non-winning Florida Lottery Scratch-Off Ticket(s) at the BB&T Center Box Office will receive an upper level end zone ticket (valued at $20) for a Tuesday or Thursday regular season home game. Fans can redeem their game tickets at the BB&T Center Box Office from Monday-Friday 9am – 5pm or Day of Game. Game tickets will be valid only for Tuesday or Thursday games.

Promotion ends on Mar. 29 game vs. Canadiens.

In the age of social media that we live in, it only took a few minutes for this harmless ticket promotion to turn into the butt end of several jokes and anit-southern expansion arguments. However, unlike comical events such as “the butt slide” and “plexi-gate” that also befell the team earlier this year, this recent eruption of anti-Panther sentiments that surrounded the team’s latest ticket deal were completely unwarranted.

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Game Day Preview: Maple Leafs vs. Panthers. We Had It Once, We Ain’t Got It Anymore.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 21-27-7 (49 PTS.) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: 30-21-6 (66 PTS.)

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GAME DAY SONG: Downbound Train,  Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

After a rough road four game road trip that started out well, the Florida Panthers come home for two quick games in hopes of getting themselves back on track.  With the thought of giving up 20 goals over four games the pressure to climb back into a fading playoff spot won’t get any easier this evening when the Toronto Maple Leafs come to town.  The Leafs who were struggling just a month ago are now a zesty 10-1-1 over their last 12 games as they hit their stride just before the Olympic break.

The Leafs are led by Phil Kessel who was named the second star of the month for January as he piled up 20 points in 15 games and now has 30 goals and 31 assists for 61 points in 57 games.  With his hat trick on Saturday against Ottawa, Kessel scored 30 goals for the 6th time in his career.

As the Leafs surge upwards in the Atlantic division, they now have a total of 6 players who have scored in double digits.  James van Riemsdyk who’s having a breakout season is second in scoring with 22 goals and 45 points, followed by the enigmatic Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Mason Raymond and Tyler Bozak.

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Panther Parkway Post-Game: Panthers vs. Leafs

1st: Nazem Kadri (0G-3A-3P)

2nd: James van Riemsdyk (1G-1A-2P)

3rd: Tim Gleason (0G-1A-1P)

Goals (Leafs 6, Panthers 3)

FLA: Bjugstad (12) Assists: Scottie Upshall, Drew Shore

FLA: Sean Bergenheim (13) Assists: Brad Boyes, Scott Gomez

TOR: Cody Franson (4) Assists: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk

TOR: Mason Raymond (14) Assists: Troy Bodie, Tim Gleason

TOR: James Van Riemsdyk (22) (Power Play) Assists: Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf

TOR: Nikolai Kulemin (8) Assists: Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri

TOR: Joffrey Lupul (16) (Power Play) Assists: Nazem Kadri, Morgan Reilly

FLA: Dmitry Kulikov (6) Assists: Marcel Goc

TOR: Tyler Bozak (10) Assists: Phil Kessel

It’s NOT over

The Panthers record-long power play drought may have been snapped during Tuesday’s game against the Bruins, but they were 0-for-5 tonight against the NHL’s 29th worst PK.

Tweet of the game

Next Up

The Florida Panthers visit the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

Tune into FOX Sports Florida to catch all of the action!

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Game Day Preview: Panthers vs. Maple Leafs. One False Move, And Baby The Lights Go Out.

FLORIDA PANTHERS: 21-25-7 (49 PTS.) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS: 28-21-6 (62 PTS.)

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GAME DAY SONG:  The hauntingly perfect Point Blank from 1978, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

After a thrilling and emotional come from behind victory in Detroit on Sunday, the Florida Panthers got beaned in Boston Tuesday night by a score of 6-2.  While the Panthers have had some real character wins this season, it’s difficult to come back from a 4 goal deficit especially against a team like the Boston Bruins.  The Panthers weren’t in the game from the beginning, as the Bruins were all over them putting 19 shots on goal in the opening period.  If not for Tim Thomas, it could have been over in the first 20 minutes.

Slow starts and the excuses for them are beginning to get old, but let’s put that into perspective.  The Panthers have given up the first goal of the game in 33 of 53 games.  Despite the fact that they’ve managed some comebacks, their record is 8-21-4 when the opposition scores first.  That right there will be the biggest factor keeping Florida out of the post season, which as we know is a pipe dream anyway, but at one point there was some hope.  Let’s be brutaly honest, it appears now that any chance has all but faded.

Let’s admit as well that Boston is one of the elite teams in the East, and very difficult to play against.  However when you sit both Erik Gudbranson and Krys Barch two of your most physical players, you don’t stand much of a chance to compete with a team like the Bruins who are known for being nasty, as well as skilled.  Understanding the decision to keep those players out of Tuesday’s game isn’t easy.  Which again points to the fact that the Panthers must be more physical overall, otherwise teams will continue to push them around.

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Panther Parkway Radio: Horachek, Hot Streak, Rookies, Tallon’s Best Moves, Bergenheim, & More

Tune in to tonight’s show while we discuss the recent success of the Florida Panthers, Horachek and the coaching staff, the success of Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad, Dale Tallon’s best moves as the Panthers GM, and more… Oh, and do you remember Mike Duco? We do.

Host: Paige Lewis

Guests: Dave Lasseter, Jameson Cooper, and Mike Lewis

Topics

  • Game recap
  • The recent success for the Florida Panthers
  • Are Aleksander Barkov and Nick Bjugstad a legit 1-2 punch?
  • Sean Bergenheim’s recent success
  • Does the coaching staff deserve credit?
  • Dale Tallon and Mike Santos’ best moves as Panthers Management
  • Game preview

Click the link below for today’s podcast!

http://www.spreaker.com/user/pantherparkwayradio/pp-radio-horachek-rookies-streak

We welcome and encourage comments and feedback!

Follow the Panther Parkway crew on Twitter: Frank Rekas @FrankRekas, David Lasseter @davidlasseter , Paige Lewis @PaigeLewisFL, Jameson Cooper @JamesonCoop, and Amanda Land @HockeyGirl2530.  Also, please join our FaceBook Fan Page and hit the like button, send us photos, and tell us what’s on your mind.

Panthers Victory In Toronto Pushes Win Streak To Four

While the temperatures in South Florida remain high for December, the Florida Panthers have been skating through a winter wonderland in the Great White North so far this week. The Cats won their second game in Canada this week, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Tuesday night. The Panthers have now one four straight and six out of seven, the lone loss in that stretch coming against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

For the second straight game, the Panthers caught a team on the second half of a back-to-back and once again, they took advantage. Aleksander Barkov’s pass sent Tomas Fleischmann in alone on Leafs goalie James Reimber, who converted with a snipe from the top of the left face off circle for a 1-0 lead just 3:29 into the game.

All was quiet on the scoreboard until early in the second period. Sean Bergenheim collected the rebound of a Barkov shot and backhanded it past Reimer to make it 2-0 and bring out the boo birds.

The boos got even louder late in the period as Brad Boyes picked Dion Phaneuf’s pocket and raced in alone on Reimer. Although the initial shot was save, his rebound attempt found the net to give the Cats a 3-0 lead.

Mason Raymond’s deflection of a Peter Holland shot to make it 3-1 to open the third made things a little bit more interesting than Panther fans were hoping but Scott Clemmensen made it stick. Clemmensen stopped 28 of 29 (including a final two minute flurry from Toronto with their net empty) for his third win in a row. During that span, he’s only given up four goals, with only one coming 5 on 5.

Clemmensen’s performance is just one of many that have been key during this successful stretch. Just about everyone has raised their level of play, knowing that is pretty much the only way they’ll be successful. Brain-dead turnovers have been cut way down. Defensive assignments aren’t being bungled. Pinching defensemen are being covered by the forwards, eliminating odd-man rushes (for the most part, anyway). It’s certainly unrealistic to expect the Panthers to keep playing at this pace but, at least, it shows that they’re capable of staying with anyone in the league. Right now, they’re getting the bounces their way after an opening 20+ games where it seemed everything went against them. If they can keep playing like this, they’ll find that the bounces will go their way more than not.

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