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About Last Night: Ducks 6, Panthers 2

Hayes and Fleischmann score for the Cats but the Ducks skate away with the victory.

Monday, 03.24.2014 / 9:15 AM ET / News
By "Hockey Pat" McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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About Last Night: Ducks 6, Panthers 2
Hayes and Fleischmann score for the Cats but the Ducks skate away 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.

DUCKS 6, PANTHERS 2

On the heels of their 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, the Florida Panthers return to South Florida with their final west coast trip of the season firmly in the books. The four-game road trip pitted the Cats against some of the league’s top title contenders as Florida faced San Jose, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Anaheim in a grueling span of six days.

Here is what you may have missed from last night:

Barch Madness

With the Panthers down 3-0 in the second period, it took a seemingly toothless shot from forward Krys Barch to get the Cats going. It appeared that the physical forward had his first goal of the season until the score was later credited to big Jimmy Hayes, who got a piece of the puck while blocking out the sun in front of Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller.

Ryan Getzlaf Looks Like a Regular Dude

But then he goes and does this…

And this…

And you realize that while he may look like your son’s t-ball coach, that dude can sure play some puck.

Ducks Fly Together

After the Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second, it looked like the game was in the books, but the Panthers had other ideas. Goals from Jimmy Hayes and Tomas Fleischmann in a two-minute span brought the Cats within one and sent the Ducks scrambling. In an attempt to get his team back on track, head coach Bruce Boudreau called a time out. Whatever he said must have worked, as Anaheim came right out and scored a pair of their own to stretch the lead to 5-2.

I’m thinking Bruce must have given the team the old ‘ducks fly together’ bit.

One thing is for sure, they definitely wrapped things up with a ‘quack-quack’. I’m sure Boudreau was not asking the boys if they want some ice-cream…

Post-game Tweet of the Day

Sharks, Ducks or Kings?

One of the most interesting storylines the rest of the way will be who comes out of the loaded Western Conference. It’s hard not to be impressed after taking in the Sharks, Kings and Ducks over the past week. It is going to be fun watching these teams go head-to-head in the playoffs and there are sure to be some legendary battles between the front line scoring talent of the Sharks and Ducks, and the stifling defense of the Kings.

What’s Next?

The Panthers are back in the comfy confines of BB&T Center this week as they kick off a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators. Florida faces Carolina on Thursday and Montreal on Saturday before heading to the Northeast next week to take on the Devils and Islanders.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 71 13 32 7 45
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 73 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 69 13 25 -4 38
B. Boyes 72 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 73 11 24 10 35
J. Hayes 64 18 13 -4 31
A. Barkov 63 12 17 -2 29
B. Campbell 74 3 21 1 24
B. Pirri 41 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 11 .922 2.32
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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