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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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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