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Rats Roundup: Shootout Sasha, Centennial Celebration

A look back at an eventful week for the Panthers

by Kyle Morrison /

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


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. ��

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


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.'s own Jameson Olive broke it all down, so check that out if you're still craving trade deadline #content. 


- 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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