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About Last Night: Red Wings 3, Panthers 1

Florida jumped on the board first but the Wings won the battle, just not the war.

Friday, 02.7.2014 / 10:30 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Red Wings 3, Panthers 1

ABOUT LAST NIGHT is the morning-after recap of last night’s Florida Panthers game produced by “Hockey Pat” McGrath, a lifelong Cats fan who previously wrote for the Florida Panthers themed blog “TheRatTrick”. It is a followup to Hockey Pat’s hilariously informative gameday article: THE LOWDOWN.

The contents of ABOUT LAST NIGHT and all opinions expressed therein are solely those of Hockey Pat and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Florida Panthers or Sunrise Sports & Entertainment LLC. Having said that, if you find yourself laughing or smiling as you read ABOUT LAST NIGHT, feel free to thank us. We accept thank you notes, tweets and ticket purchases.

RED WINGS 3, PANTHERS 1

The Panthers fell to the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 in their final home game before the Olympic break. Scottie Upshall gave the Panthers a 1-0 first period lead but the Wings stormed back in the second with goals from Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist. Florida made a third period push but the Wings defense held strong and Brian Lashoff scored on an empty net with 20 seconds left to put the game to bed. Here is what you may have missed from last night….

Fun with twitter:

Dead to me

14 times this season

Panthers on Jeopardy

That was an easy question

See even after a loss there are positives to hang your hat on….now can we wrap up Battle of the Decades and bring back Arthur Chu!

Tweet of the Game:

Micky

Play of the Day

There are a couple things I love about this play. First the fact that the goal comes right as Scottie Upshall is released from the penalty box. Teams on a penalty kill love to look for the guy coming out of the box for potential breakaways but the play requires perfect timing and it is rarely pulled off successfully.

Second I love how Upshall gathers the puck out of the air on the move. It is a play that requires so much skill and hand-eye coordination. While moving forward, Upshall manages to look back, find the puck speeding his way at waist level and knock it out of the air right to his stick just as he crosses the blue-line.

Finally, no play is complete without a great finish and Scottie gets clinical here with the quick release going 5-hole on Jimmy Howard.

RED Hot Rivalry?

With their move to the new Atlantic Division this season, the Panthers are cultivating brand new rivalries with teams they previously saw very little of. The Red Wings, who moved over from the Western Conference, are one of those teams.

Prior to this season, the Cats and Wings met 23 times.

Last night marked the fifth and final meeting between the two teams this season and despite the loss, Florida still took the season series winning three of five games. So, after year one, what is the temperature of the Panthers-Red Wings rivalry?

On a scale of 1-10, 1 being Harry Dune and Lloyd Christmas and 10 being Gandalf vs. the Balrog, I would give the rivalry a solid 7, the equivalent of the Sandlot crew vs. the travel team….

Friday Long Read:

In honor of the Sochi Olympics getting underway here is a piece from the legendary George Plimpton describing the scene at the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. Due to Cold War tensions, the Moscow games were boycotted by the United States. The 2014 Sochi games will be the first Olympics held in Russia since those 1980 games.

That’s all for now. The Panthers are back in action tonight in Carolina to take on the Hurricanes. Keep an eye out for the pre-game Lowdown later today.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 49 16 21 11 37
J. Huberdeau 52 10 27 10 37
A. Barkov 42 16 19 13 35
J. Jokinen 52 10 25 12 35
V. Trocheck 52 17 16 4 33
R. Smith 52 16 15 11 31
B. Pirri 48 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 48 10 12 21 22
B. Campbell 52 4 16 17 20
N. Bjugstad 37 9 8 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 13 5 .930 2.13
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

 
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