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Panthers win, get closer to Eastern wild card

Florida seven points out of second spot; Jonathan Marchessault scores twice against Coyotes

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers moved within seven points of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot with a 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at BB&T Center on Thursday.

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice in a 26-second span late in the second period for the Panthers, who trail the Boston Bruins for the second wild card from the Eastern Conference with one game in hand.

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Preview: Coyotes at Panthers

Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad out with injury; Goalie Mike Smith starts for Arizona

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

COYOTES (27-37-9) at PANTHERS (31-30-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-F, NHL.TV

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Jeff Skinner lifts Hurricanes past Panthers

Scores tying, winning goals; Cam Ward makes 33 saves

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jeff Skinner scored his second goal of the game with 3:55 left in the third period, and the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Skinner broke a 3-3 tie when he one-timed Derek Ryan's pass in front of the net for his fifth goal in three games.

"He's at the net, he's doing things right," Carolina coach Bill Peters said of Skinner, who has 28 goals. "He went at the net hard on the game-winner and got rewarded for it."

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Preview: Hurricanes at Panthers

Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad returns from concussion; Cam Ward starts in goal for Carolina

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

HURRICANES (30-27-13) at PANTHERS (31-29-11)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-CR, FS-F, NHL.TV

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Aaron Ekblad returning for Panthers

Defenseman to play vs. Hurricanes, has missed past four games because of concussion

by Alain Poupart / NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Defenseman Aaron Ekblad will play for the Florida Panthers against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-CR, NHL.TV).

Ekblad missed four games with a concussion sustained against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 11.

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Sidney Crosby, Marc-Andre Fleury spark Penguins

Center gets 10th NHL hat trick, goalie makes 21 saves in win against Panthers

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby thought he had to compensate for Evgeni Malkin's absence Sunday.

Crosby did that and more with a hand from Marc-Andre Fleury. He earned his 10th NHL hat trick and Fleury made 21 saves to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Florida Panthers 4-0 at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday.

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Panthers hand Rangers sixth straight home loss

Aleksander Barkov scores in third period, shootout for Florida

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Aleksander Barkov scored in the shootout to give the Florida Panthers a 4-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Barkov gave the Panthers a 3-2 lead at 7:23 of the third period, and Mats Zuccarello tied it 3-3 at 11:45.

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Rats Roundup - Mullet March

by Kyle Morrison / FloridaPanthers.com

Welcome to Friday, the world's greatest day, and this week's edition of Rats Roundup!

So, who's ready for #MulletMarch? Celebrate Jaromir Jagr('s iconic hairdo) at the Cats' two upcoming home games with a $19 ticket and tank top deal. Not only is that a great deal on tickets, but that tank top is the perfect spring break attire. Plus, with a sweltering South Florida summer coming up, you'll get plenty of use out of it.

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Preview: Panthers at Rangers

Forward Jesper Fast to return for New York; Florida 2-8-1 in past 11 games

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

PANTHERS (30-28-11) at RANGERS (44-24-2)

7 p.m. ET; NHLN, MSG, FS-F, NHL.TV 

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Blue Jackets set record for home victories

Columbus wins 26th of season at Nationwide Arena; Sergei Bobrovsky makes 33 saves against Panthers

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have their sights set on the top spot in the NHL.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves, Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist, and the Blue Jackets defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Thursday to set a record for home victories.

The Blue Jackets are 26-9-1 at home. They went 25-13-3 during the 2008-09 season.

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