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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.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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