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About Last Night: Coyotes 3, Panthers 1

by "Hockey Pat" McGrath / Florida Panthers

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.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.


A lovely Sunday afternoon here inIn a classic battle of Cats vs. Dogs, it was the canines that came out on top. Last night, the Phoenix Coyotes came away with a 3-1 victory in a hard fought battle against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Here is what you might have missed from last night:


New Panthers acquisition Brandon Pirri provided the offense tonight scoring his first goal of his Panthers’ career on a third period power play.

The goal was the first of many in a Panthers’ uniform for the talented 22-year-old center. The top corner cheddah is enough to whet the appetites of Panthers’ fans everywhere.

What did Twitter think about the goal?

Familiar Faces

The Panthers and Coyotes rarely meet on the ice but there were a couple Panthers who were very familiar with last night’s opponent. Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall have both donned the Coyote maroon in their careers. Jovo logged five seasons in Phoenix while Upshall played in parts of three years for the desert dogs.

Of course I am sure they would both agree that Panther Red is a definite upgrade… both places have warm climates but South Florida has the beach while Arizona just has a giant divot in the earth.

Checking in on the scoring race

With his assist on Pirri’s power play goal, Nick Bjugstad extended his point streak to three games (Mar.7-11: 0-3-3) bringing his point total on the year to 29 (14-15-29). The Panthers’ 21-year-old rookie is tied with Brad Boyes for second on the team in scoring as both players trail Scottie Upshall who leads the team with 31 points (11-20-31).

Here is an update on what should be a very exciting race down the stretch:

Crabby Joe

Randy Moller Calls

Randy Moller, the Panthers radio play-by-play broadcaster is known for his creative, out of left-field goal calls. Check out what he had in store for Pirri’s first as a Panther.

Tweet of the Night

Man, we’ve got the funniest fans!

Coming Up

The Cats take to the road for a brief one day trip up to Tampa Bay to take on their cross-state rival on Thursday night. They will be right back in action on Friday when they return to take on the New Jersey Devils at BB&T Center.

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