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About Last Night: Panthers 5, Islanders 3

Florida strikes for four goals in the third to come back and beat the Islanders.

Monday, 03.3.2014 / 9:45 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Panthers 5, Islanders 3

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.

PANTHERS 5, ISLANDERS 3

Comeback Cats…finally!

In their three games since the Olympics, the Panthers have been teasing big comebacks but it was not until Sunday’s 5-3 win over the Islanders that they were able to see one to completion.

Thursday against the Capitals, the Panthers came back from two separate two-goal deficits but they were eventually edged 5-4. Then on Saturday in Columbus, they again came back from down two but could not keep pace with the Blue Jackets as they fell 6-3 thanks to two late empty net goals.

The Cats finally got it right on Sunday against the New York Islanders where they trailed 2-0 and 3-1 before scoring four unanswered in the third period to walk away with the victory.

Fun with Twitter

Tweet of the Day

Get That Man A Schaefer’s

Shawn Matthias had more than one….get that man a Schaefer’s!

Weekend recap

It was a busy weekend for the NHL, which was celebrating Hockey Weekend Across America with a slew of matinee games topped off with the Penguins taking on the Blackhawks at snowy Soldier Field on Saturday evening and the Canucks and Senators facing off at BC Place on Sunday afternoon. (So it was really Hockey Weekend Across America with a little bit of Canada on the side).

Here are my favorite plays from the weekend:

Jags

The ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr scored his 700th career goal on Saturday and in typical Jagr fashion it was a stunning display of skill and innate vision:

Bjugstad+Matthias

The Cats may have fallen on Saturday but they still put on a show with a pair of pretty goals that must have given Sergei Bobrovsky flashbacks of T.J. Oshie. Check out these beauts from Shawn Matthias and Nick Bjugstad.

Best Original Score

Speaking of beautiful Panthers’ goals, this little bit of tic-tac-toe passing on a power play against the Islanders yesterday should have been nominated for Best Original Score at last night’s Oscars:

12 Gears of Hayes

12 Years A Slave took home the big award last night at the Oscars with its win for Best Picture, but the picture that has Panthers’ fans buzzing involves big number 12 Jimmy Hayes screening opposing goaltenders on Panthers’ power plays.

Hayes is a recent addition to Florida’s power play but so far it has paid off. The 6’6” forward’s presence in front of the net was key to Drew Shore’s goal on Thursday against the Capitals and when Scottie Upshall fired the shot on the final goal in Sunday’s 5-3 win yesterday, it was Hayes who was again in front screening the goalie and deflecting the puck into the net with his skate.

Numbers on the Board (what happens with postponed game?)

The Florida Panthers dipped their toe into the trade deadline waters, flipping Eric Selleck for RW Mark Mancari of the St. Louis Blues organization, before diving in headfirst by acquiring C Brandon Pirri of the Chicago Blackhawks for a pair of draft picks (3rd round 2014, 5th round 2016).

Before we bid adieu to Eric Selleck let’s watch Selleck v. Westgarth one more time for nostalgia’s sake:

As for Brandon Pirri, I am very very excited about this deal. Not because he led the AHL in scoring (22-53-75) in 2012-13, not because he was named MVP of the 2014 AHL all-star game, not because he is only 22, and not because the Panthers only had to give up two late round draft picks to acquire him. The reason I am so excited about the Brandon Pirri acquisition is because this is his background picture on twitter:

Need I say any more?

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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