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About Last Night: Canucks 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

Hayes nets two as Cats come back on two different occasions but fall to Canucks in shootout.

Monday, 03.17.2014 / 9:45 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Canucks 4, Panthers 3 (SO)
Hayes nets two as Cats come back on two different occasions but fall to Canucks in shootout.

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.

CANUCKS 4, PANTHERS 3 (SO)

First and foremost, happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! And while you are probably knee-deep in cabbage and car-bombs by this point, there was a hockey game held yesterday in South Florida so if you will indulge me for a couple of minutes we can talk a little puck….

Winning Can’t Cure Everything

Red Hot Hayes

With a pair of power play goals against Vancouver, Jimmy Hayes now has eight points (5-3-8) in his last eight games. The 6’6” winger has been a beast in front of the net on the Panthers power play, using his unique blend of size and skill to bother opposing goalies and to fire home loose pucks.

Forget Winners and Losers….I Want This Hat

Sometimes you need to be reminded about what really matters in life…. like awesome hats….and having pictures of yourself wearing awesome hats distributed across the internet…

Puck (un)-luck

Love the triple pump fake from Upshall here.

Robak getting straight up robbed!!

It's What You All Been Waiting For Ain't It

Roberto Luongo ‘Reunion Weekend’ started with a bang and ended with a bit of a fizzle, kind of like this year’s season of The Bachelor. Lu came out on top against former Vancouver teammate Cory Schneider as the Panthers skated to a 5-3 win against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Sunday against Vancouver the big story was Luongo vs. Lack, so it was fitting that the battle would come down to a shootout duel between the two goalies. I half expected Luongo to rip off his helmet and shout at the crowd Maximus Meridius style:

But instead we just got a shootout and it was plenty entertaining.

Streaky Business

I know the corned beef must be getting cold by now so I will be quick. With his wrap-around beauty in the second period, Vincent Trocheck scored his second goal in as many games. Quinton Howden assisted on the play so Q is now riding a three-game point streak (2-1-3). Brandon Pirri tallied two helpers yesterday which gives him five points (2-3-5) in his last four games and of course we have the aforementioned Hayes and his stretch of eight points (5-3-8) in his last eight games.

Up Next

The Panthers head out west this week for a four game road trip against the Sharks, Coyotes, Kings and Ducks. The three Cali teams are all sitting high in the Western Conference playoff standings and the gang from Glendale, AZ are fighting for a spot, so the new-look Cats will have a chance to measure up against some pretty impressive squads. It should be worth staying up late for.

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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 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 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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