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Rats Roundup - March 11

by Kyle Morrison / Florida Panthers

The games

Another week, another piece of history for Jaromir Jagr. This time, it was career point number 1851, a number trailing only Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier.

The point came via an assist in Florida’s overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday. After falling behind 3-0 and 4-1, the Cats came back with a frenzied pace, tying the game at 4 going into overtime and notching 51 shots in the eventual 5-4 overtime loss.

Jagr’s historic assist made headlines, but it was a pretty good night for his countryman, fellow Czech Jiri Hudler, who notched two goals in his first home game for the Cats.

Jagr kept up his torrid scoring pace – now with 11 points in his last 10 games – by tallying two goals in last night’s 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

Vincent Trocheck, who netted his 20th goal of the season – to go along with three assists – took home first star honors, along with the #SpaceyInSpace hoodie.

The other stuff

Speaking of Panthers putting up impressive numbers, a few prospects lit up their leagues over the past week.

Stop if you’ve heard this before, but Jayce Hawryluk and Dryden Hunt put up big numbers in the WHL this week. Hawryluk – who just signed an entry-level contract last week – recorded a ridiculous 10-6–16 line over four games this week for the Brandon Wheat Kings. And Hunt, the WHL’s most prolific goal scorer this year, has a 5-6–11 line over his last five games.

Two 2015 Panthers draft picks stood out this week, too, as first-rounder Lawson Crouse notched his first hat trick of the season and third-rounder Sam Montembeault shut out the Quebec Ramparts in the QMJHL.

For a full rundown of Cats prospects, check out this week’s In The Pipeline.

Aaron Ekblad’s secret to success? It’s either his one-cookie-per-day rule or a mix of incredible talent and relentless work ethic. Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt profiled Ekblad this week, and it’s a must-read.


Alex Petrovic hit a milestone this week – playing in his 100th career NHL game.

Jussi Jokinen took over our Twitter, and even sent a few tweets in Finnish!

Panthers radio voice Doug Plagens broke down his road trip food adventures, plus gave some top-notch analysis of the Cats on-ice play.

Rocco Grimaldi is hitting his stride in Portland

Viktor E. Ratt meets #SpaceyInSpace?
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