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About Last Night: Coyotes 3, Panthers 1

Brandon Pirri netted his first as a Panther but the Coyotes skated off with the victory.

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 1:30 PM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Coyotes 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.

COYOTES 3, PANTHERS 1

A lovely Sunday afternoon here inIn a classic battle of Cats vs. Dogs, it was the canines that came out on top. Last night, the Phoenix Coyotes came away with a 3-1 victory in a hard fought battle against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center. Here is what you might have missed from last night:

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New Panthers acquisition Brandon Pirri provided the offense tonight scoring his first goal of his Panthers’ career on a third period power play.

The goal was the first of many in a Panthers’ uniform for the talented 22-year-old center. The top corner cheddah is enough to whet the appetites of Panthers’ fans everywhere.

What did Twitter think about the goal?

Familiar Faces

The Panthers and Coyotes rarely meet on the ice but there were a couple Panthers who were very familiar with last night’s opponent. Ed Jovanovski and Scottie Upshall have both donned the Coyote maroon in their careers. Jovo logged five seasons in Phoenix while Upshall played in parts of three years for the desert dogs.

Of course I am sure they would both agree that Panther Red is a definite upgrade… both places have warm climates but South Florida has the beach while Arizona just has a giant divot in the earth.

Checking in on the scoring race

With his assist on Pirri’s power play goal, Nick Bjugstad extended his point streak to three games (Mar.7-11: 0-3-3) bringing his point total on the year to 29 (14-15-29). The Panthers’ 21-year-old rookie is tied with Brad Boyes for second on the team in scoring as both players trail Scottie Upshall who leads the team with 31 points (11-20-31).

Here is an update on what should be a very exciting race down the stretch:

Crabby Joe

Randy Moller Calls

Randy Moller, the Panthers radio play-by-play broadcaster is known for his creative, out of left-field goal calls. Check out what he had in store for Pirri’s first as a Panther.

Tweet of the Night

Man, we’ve got the funniest fans!

Coming Up

The Cats take to the road for a brief one day trip up to Tampa Bay to take on their cross-state rival on Thursday night. They will be right back in action on Friday when they return to take on the New Jersey Devils at BB&T Center.

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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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