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
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. FloridaPanthers.com'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.