The Florida Panthers wrapped up a six-game road trip last night in Winnipeg, finishing the season-long trip with a 4-2-0 record. The Cats left for the trip following their New Year's Eve match-up with the New York Rangers and traveled through two U.S. states and three Canadian provinces.
Through the six games, 20 different Panthers players recorded at least one point while both Cats goaltenders earned at least one win. Five Panthers in the lineup had goals in consecutive games during the trip which began with a victory in Buffalo.
It was a milestone trip for Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo who began the trip with his 68th career shutout. Luongo made 30 saves to defeat Buffalo and pass Roy Worters for 13th place on the NHL all-time list. Returning to face his former team, the Vancouver Canucks, Luongo was honored with a video on the scoreboard
. He also earned his 390th career victory over the Edmonton Oilers to pass Dominik Hasek for 11th all-time in career wins.
On Saturday, Jan. 10, Luongo was named to the 2015 All-Star Roster
and Aaron Ekblad was selected as one of just six rookies to participate in the skills competition.
Forward Jonathan Huberdeau also found success on the road trip, recording six points (3-3—6) and earning the honor of NHL 'Third Star' of the week
for the week ending Jan. 11.
The Cats return home to host the Avalanche, Oilers and Canucks before the All-Star break.