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

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.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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