ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.
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BRUINS 5, PANTHERS 2
A lovely Sunday afternoon here in South Florida was tarnished by a tough loss for the Florida Panthers courtesy of the Boston Bruins. The Panthers hung in for two-and-a-half periods against a loaded Bruins squad carrying a one all tie into the final frame but the B’s high-octane attack could not be suppressed and after it was all said and done, the Atlantic Division leaders skated away with a 5-2 win.
I’m still trying to figure out which was more of a bummer; the loss to the Bruins or the fact that HBO Go crashed because of the massive demand for the season finale of True Detective.
All Good Things Must End
Roberto Luongo’s time with the Panthers got off to a great start as he shut out the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 in his Friday night debut. With a scoreless first period against the Bruins he stretched his shutout streak to four periods…not a bad start to his second stint with the Cats. Unfortunately some good things do not last forever and just like True Detective’s first season, Luongo’s shutout streak came to an end last night. He still managed to make 37 saves so overall a pretty solid showing in the loss.
Singing Vinnie T
Because he has yet to secure his own wheels since his move from San Antonio to South Florida, Vincent Trocheck has been grabbing rides with fellow center Nick Bjugstad. How do they pass the time in the car? By listening to Katy Perry of course. According to Bjugstad, the Panthers’ 20-year-old rookie has an excellent singing voice.
“We’ll listen to the new Katy Perry song,” says Bjugstad of Trocheck, “He can sing perfectly like Katy Perry”.
Hmmm… while a good singing voice does not help much on the ice, consider me on the bandwagon of those hoping to see Trocheck on stage when Miss Perry comes to BB&T Center in July.
Double Helping of Hayes
The Panthers’ scoring load was shouldered by Jimmy Hayes as the young winger tallied the Panthers’ only two goals last night against Boston. With his sixth and seventh goals of the season Hayes topped his previous single season high of five goals. The two-goal game was also the first multi-goal game of his NHL career.
With the two goals the blazing hot Hayes now has four points (3-1-4) in his last four games. His strong performance against the Bruins was made even sweeter by the fact that the Boston College grad, and Dorchester native, was playing against his home-town team.
After the game, our cameras were lucky enough to catch Jimmy ‘Mays’ Hayes celebrating….
Coming Up Next
Florida’s March madness continues this week with a home game Tuesday night against the Coyotes followed by a road-and-home back-to-back against the Lightning and Devils on Thursday and Friday night. The Cats cap things off with a Sunday matinee against the Vancouver Canucks in a game that will feature Roberto Luongo taking on his former mates just a dozen days after his trade.