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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PANTHERS 5, ISLANDERS 3
In their three games since the Olympics, the Panthers have been teasing big comebacks but it was not until Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Islanders that they were able to see one to completion.
Thursday against the Capitals, the Panthers came back from two separate two-goal deficits but they were eventually edged 5-4. Then on Saturday in Columbus, they again came back from down two but could not keep pace with the Blue Jackets as they fell 6-3 thanks to two late empty net goals.
The Cats finally got it right on Sunday against the New York Islanders where they trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before scoring four unanswered in the third period to walk away with the victory.
Fun with Twitter
Tweet of the Day
Get That Man A Schaefer’s
Shawn Matthias had more than one….get that man a Schaefer’s!
It was a busy weekend for the NHL, which was celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America with a slew of matinee games topped off with the Penguins taking on the Blackhawks at snowy Soldier Field on Saturday evening and the Canucks and Senators facing off at BC Place on Sunday afternoon. (So it was really Hockey Weekend Across America with a little bit of Canada on the side).
Here are my favorite plays from the weekend:
The ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th career goal on Saturday and in typical Jagr fashion it was a stunning display of skill and innate vision:
The Cats may have fallen on Saturday but they still put on a show with a pair of pretty goals that must have given Sergei Bobrovsky flashbacks of T.J. Oshie. Check out these beauts from Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad.
Best Original Score
Speaking of beautiful Panthers’ goals, this little bit of tic-tac-toe passing on a power play against the Islanders yesterday should have been nominated for Best Original Score at last night’s Oscars:
12 Gears of Hayes
12 Years A Slave took home the big award last night at the Oscars with its win for Best Picture, but the picture that has Panthers’ fans buzzing involves big number 12 Jimmy Hayes screening opposing goaltenders on Panthers’ power plays.
Hayes is a recent addition to Florida’s power play but so far it has paid off. The 6’6” forward’s presence in front of the net was key to Drew Shore’s goal on Thursday against the Capitals and when Scottie Upshall fired the shot on the final goal in Sunday’s 5-3 win yesterday, it was Hayes who was again in front screening the goalie and deflecting the puck into the net with his skate.
Numbers on the Board (what happens with postponed game?)
The Florida Panthers dipped their toe into the trade deadline waters, flipping Eric Selleck for RW Mark Mancari of the St. Louis Blues organization, before diving in headfirst by acquiring C Brandon Pirri of the Chicago Blackhawks for a pair of draft picks (3rd round 2014, 5th round 2016).
Before we bid adieu to Eric Selleck let’s watch Selleck v. Westgarth one more time for nostalgia’s sake:
As for Brandon Pirri, I am very very excited about this deal. Not because he led the AHL in scoring (22-53-75) in 2012-13, not because he was named MVP of the 2014 AHL all-star game, not because he is only 22, and not because the Panthers only had to give up two late round draft picks to acquire him. The reason I am so excited about the Brandon Pirri acquisition is because this is his background picture on twitter:
Need I say any more?