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Rats Roundup - Feb. 5

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers
Welcome back to Rats Roundup, wherein we take a look back at anything you may have missed this week. And it certainly was a big week, so let’s dive right in.

Let’s start on the ice of the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., where the Panthers took down the league-leading Washington Capitals by a final score of 5-2. Jonathan Huberdeau was named the game’s first star, with two goals and an assist.

Al Montoya had a busy night in net, stopping 36 of 38 shots and picking up another win. His record on the season now sits at 8-2-1 with a 1.93 goals against average.
After such an impressive performance, he donned the Spacey In Space hoodie for an interview with the NHL Tonight crew.

Back on home ice two nights later, the goals just kept on coming in a 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings, stretching the winning streak to five games in a row.
Jaromir Jagr (1-2-3) and Vincent Trocheck (2-1-3) led all scorers, each notching three points in the game.

Jagr’s assist on Brandon Pirri’s first period goal marked a milestone - his 1,100th career assist.

The Panthers are back in action tomorrow night, hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sunday’s a scheduled off-day, which is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it’s Aaron Ekblad’s 20th birthday, and second, it’s Super Bowl Sunday for the *other* Panthers.

Of course, sometimes in television, mistakes happen.

So much for that "no game on Sunday" thing, huh?

On second thought, that sounds awesome. Let’s do this.

Switching gears, did you know that Nick Bjugstad’s mom once walked past Prince back in Minnesota? Well, the Blaine, Minnesota native covered that, his love for rotisserie chicken and more in this week’s edition of Bjugy’s Blog. It’s a must-read for Panthers fans.

Speaking of must-reads, Jameson Olive profiled USHL prospect Andrew Peeke, a 6-foot-3 defenseman who grew up skating in the Panthers IceDen. The Parkland, Florida native is in his first year of draft eligibility, and is projected to be a second or third round pick.

Peeke, the 50th-ranked North American Skater according to NHL Central Scouting, grew up as a diehard Panther fan. In fact, his parents have been season ticket holders since the inaugural 1993-94 season.

Sticking to prospect news, 2015 third-round pick Samuel Montembeault was named the QMJHL’s first star of the month after posting a 5-2-1 record with a 1.89 goals against average.

The Blainville-Boisbraind goalie now has a lifetime goals against average of 2.54 – among the best ever in the high-scoring QMJHL.

Tweet of the Week

Bjugstad also got some attention from an unlikely source this week. After comparing the Huberdeau-Barkov-Jagr line to the Harlem Globetrotters, the world-famous basketball crew showed some love.

Photo of the Week

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