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Rapid Fire: A Thriller, All About Bergy And More

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 1:00 PM ET / Rapid Fire
By Steve Goldstein  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Rapid Fire: A Thriller, All About Bergy And More
Welcome to Rapid Fire. Panthers broadcasters Steve Goldstein and Bill Lindsay will hit five different thoughts on a daily rotating basis. It's up to them as far as what topics they want to talk about as teams, and more specifically the Panthers, make a push towards the playoffs and the Stanley Cup.


In the second run of Rapid Fire, Steve Goldstein takes his shot at the five things he's thinking about after Wednesday's play around the NHL.

1. Regular-Season Thriller: Buffalo-Colorado, two teams desperate for a win, played one of the best regular season games I've seen in a while. They went back and forth, with the Avs scoring with one second left to send the game into overtime. Colorado won the shootout and helped out the Panthers! The Avs have the NHL's most underrated player in rookie Gabriel Landeskog. The teenager plays like a 30-year-old.

2. Burn, Bergie, Burn: Sean Bergenheim has been super for the Panthers and may just be scratching the surface. He has a career-high 16 goals this season. Bergenheim is a former first round pick, is still young and may be a victim of not being given enough opportunity in the past. His style has been fun to watch. as the Cats have needed a productive, hard nosed, hard skating forward like Bergenheim for years.

3. Mixin' It Up: I loved the Panthers effort in the physical department against Toronto. We expect Krys Barch to throw down, but Shawn Matthias? It was great to see him stick up for a teammate and drop the gloves. Matthias showed, as Kevin Dineen told me after the game, that he "gets it", meaning it's important to respond to hits on teammates. How many times over the years has a Panther gotten crushed, (think David Booth), and no one did a thing. Refreshing to see!

4. Champs On The Ropes: So here come the Bruins tonight, off a 6-1 loss in Tampa. Boston has allowed the game's first goal in nine of its last 11 and amazingly in its last 29 games hasn't had a lead after two periods 24 times. The meaning of all that? NOTHING heading into tonight's game. In fact, I expect an angry, physical, inspired Bruins team tonight. They are still the Champs until another team hoists the Stanley Cup. The Panthers are 1-1-1 vs the Bruins this season.

5. Sid Returns: The drama tonight in New York will be high as the Penguins and Rangers, who dislike one another and are battling for the division and the East's top seed, meet at Madison Square Garden. Sidney Crosby , again, returns to the Penguins lineup as the Pens go for a 10th win in a row. It's remarkable to think what they have done without him playing and it should be a great matchup tonight. The Rangers lead Pittsburgh by four points and the two teams still have another game to play against each other. As a hockey fan it is great to have #87 back playing again. Here's hoping he stays on the ice this time around.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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