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Rats Roundup: Shootout Sasha, Centennial Celebration

A look back at an eventful week for the Panthers

by Kyle Morrison / FloridaPanthers.com

Ekblad's fancy shorthanded tally

FLA@PHI: Ekblad steals, dances around Giroux for SHG

Aaron Ekblad intercepts a pass in the neutral zone, makes a move to get around Claude Giroux and buries a slap shot for a shorthanded goal

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It's no secret that Fridays rock, but one with an NHL Centennial Celebration event in Fort Lauderdale, on the beach? That's a recipe for the best Friday ever.

The beach party's got everything from virtual reality zamboni games to an appearance by the Stanley Cup, so leave work early and get a jump start on your best afternoon ever.

Can't make it to today's beach party? No problem, there's even more Centennial Celebration festivities at the arena tomorrow all day before the 7 p.m. showdown between the Panthers and Dallas Stars.

For the full schedule (and Saturday's food truck lineup!) check out floridapanthers.com/NHL100.

SHOOTOUT SASHA STRIKES AGAIN

Aleksander Barkov is the world's leading supplier of incredible shootout moves. He showed that twice this week, with two jaw-dropping highlights.

Video: CAR@FLA: Barkov pots a backhand shootout goal

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: Another ridiculous shootout move for Barky. �� pic.twitter.com/CLwpHZBstP

Fun fact: Barkov actually leads the league with six shootout goals (in nine opportunities) this season.

DEADLINE DEALIN'

The Panthers made a splash this week with the deadline acquisition of winger Thomas Vanek from the Detroit Red Wings. The 33-year-old Austrian's got an impressive scoring touch - he led Detroit with 15 goals in 48 games before the trade - and he should put that to good use with the Cats down the stretch.

Here's what President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon had to say about the move.

Video: Dale Tallon Trade Deadline Presser

The Cats made two other deals - acquiring goalie Adam Wilcox and defenseman Reece Scarlett - at the deadline. FloridaPanthers.com's own Jameson Olive broke it all down, so check that out if you're still craving trade deadline #content. 

QUICK-HITTERS

- The Florida Panthers and NHL 100 Centennial Truck Tour are partnering to support community initiatives. 

- Find out what Michael Matheson jams to before games in the latest edition of Matheson's Mailbag!

- Panther Conservation Night is coming up! Tweet out #MoreThanAMascot to show your support, and click here for more details and some really neat #PantherFacts! And keep your eyes peeled for a special Snapchat filter at the game on March 10. 

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