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Rats Roundup: #HappyJussi Edition

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers
Another week, another fun Cats update from overseas.


The quarterfinal round at the IIHF World Championships is in the books, and Finland and Canada both rolled into the semifinals. Finland flexed its way to a 5-1 win over Norway, with Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen potting an empty-netter to seal the deal. Canada – aided by Mike Matheson’s blueline play – followed suit in its 6-0 win over Sweden.

The only two teams with Panthers on their rosters are the two most impressive teams at the tournament, with a combined 15-1-0 record at this point in the tournament. The one loss? That came in Finland’s win over Canada in the preliminary round.

TOP 10 GOALS


Do you like goals? How about top 10 lists?

If you answered “yes” to either of those things (and let’s be honest, you answered “yes” to both), you might want to check out our top 10 goals of the year.

The Cats notched 246 goals this season between the regular season and playoffs, so it took quite a bit of effort to narrow that down to just 10. From Aleksander Barkov’s Picasso-like shootout artistry to some sick snipes, there are plenty of highlights to re-live.


EKBLAD REWIND



Speaking of highlights, there were plenty this season for Aaron Ekblad. He added another All-Star appearance – one of the few players in NHL history with two All-Star nods before his 20th birthday – while topping his 2014-15 goal numbers.

The young Ontario native is one of the league’s most exciting blueliners, making this week’s Season Rewind feature a must-read.

JERSEY REVEAL GETS A DATE


So, now that we’ve covered the “looking back” part of Rats Roundup, let’s take a gander towards the future of the organization. The Panthers gave a date to the long-awaited logo/uniform reveal today, along with some other details.

Mark your calendars; the reveal will happen on June 2 at the BB&T Center.

The Panthers also announced that four players – Aaron Ekblad, Vincent Trocheck, Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer – will attend to help with the reveal.

In the meantime…

WE’RE HAVING A FIRE SALE


Come on down to the BB&T Center tomorrow morning (doors open at 10 a.m.) for a huge blowout sale on Panthers gear.

Round up all the spare change you can find, because you won’t find prices like this again for a long time. Shirts are just $5, jerseys range from $20-40 and there are a smorgasbord of trinkets – pucks, license plate frames, phone cases and more – between $1 and $5.

There will also be game-used equipment, such as sticks for $100. In addition, you can pick up one of the Panthers playoff banners seen around the streets of South Florida in exchange for a cool $100 donation to the Florida Panthers Foundation.

Also, if you’re a big fan of mysteries (and who isn’t?), you can make a donation to the Florida Panthers Foundation and pick up a mystery puck! You will receive a bag with a signed puck inside – but you won’t know who signed it until you receive it.


GIF OF THE WEEK



With all of the Suomi sweetness going on over in Russia right now at IIHF Worlds, the GIF of the Week was an easy decision. Say hello to #HappyJussi.

QUICK HITTERS

- Jayce Hawryluk put up nonsensical numbers (3-3–6) in the clinching game of the WHL Finals
- Steve Goldstein will host pre-game, intermission and post-game coverage for NBC Sports Radio during the Stanley Cup Final
- A team-signed playoff banner is up for auction
- Stanley C. Panther welcomed home a group of Marines, with some help from Jet Blue
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