Posted April 29, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Florida Panthers enjoyed a memorable night when they opened the 2013 NHL season. They watched the unveiling of their 2012 Southeast Division championship banner at BB&T Center, then recorded a convincing 5-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes thanks to goals by prized rookie Jonathan Huberdeau and soon-to-be 40-year-old Alex Kovalev. Unfortunately for the Panthers, their home finale was more representative of their season. With an undermanned lineup, and with Kovalev now retired, the Panthers suffered a 4-0 shutout loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The loss assured the Panthers of finishing with the worst record in the NHL even before they closed the season with a 5-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday. ''That stinks, when you're at the bottom of the pile,'' Coach Kevin Dineen said. ''There's a lot of hockey teams and you're always looking to try to reinforce some positives for your team but that is the brutal reality of our situation and it's somet...
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