It’s been a pretty good week to be a Panthers fan. Actually, pretty good would probably be an understatement.
With just three weeks to go on the regular season slate, the Cats are once again sitting atop the Atlantic Division. Their present play has fans eyeing the future – the possible return of playoff hockey in Sunrise – so it’s only fitting that the Cats paid homage to the franchise’s past.
The historic 1995-96 Stanley Cup Finals team was in the house
for Saturday’s shootout win over the Flyers. During a break in the action, the crowd gave ovations to the alumni in attendance – including original captain Brian Skrudland, goalie John Vanbiesbrouck and Mr. Rat Trick himself, Scott Mellanby.
As for the game itself – a 5-4 shootout win – Panthers center Vincent Trocheck once again found himself in the score sheet, picking up an assist just two nights after a four-point game against Ottawa.
The 22-year-old is in the midst of a breakout year, and others are taking notice. On Monday, he was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week.
The two guys flanking Trocheck on his line earned some recognition of their own this week – although it’s perhaps a bit more unorthodox. Both Reilly Smith and Jussi Jokinen earned the Spacey In Space sweatshirt for the first time after stellar performances this week.
Speaking of Spacey, the man behind the myth took the Twitterverse by storm last night, proclaiming that – on St. Patrick’s Day – #SpaceyInSpace
is no blarney.
As always, all proceeds of #SpaceyInSpace sales go towards the Kevin Spacey Foundation
and the Florida Panthers Foundation
GIF Highlight of the Week:
There were a few options here, but Jaromir Jagr’s assist on Jonathan Huberdeau’s goal against Philadelphia takes the cake.