Found March 29, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond, The Panthers got no help from their friends in Boston on Thursday night – and they sure didn’t help themselves. Yes, Florida got a point out of its 3-2 overtime loss to the host Wild. But, for the third time in a week, the Panthers left that extra point sitting on the ice. The Wild scored with 30.3 seconds left to force overtime then won it when Mikko Koivu broke loose early in the extra session to give the Washington Capitals a little more hope as the Capitals beat host Boston in a shootout and now trail the Panthers by four points in the Southeast Division. Florida had hoped to wrap up its first-ever division title by the weekend. The Panthers did hit the 90 point mark for the first time since the 2008-09 team missed the postseason despite getting 93. “That [third period] goal could have gone either way,’’ said Scottie Upshall, whose second period goal gave Florida a 1-0 lead. “We gave a 60 minute effort but they worked hard to come ...

Dineen responds after OT loss

Head coach Kevin Dineen gives his thoughts on the Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss to the Wild.

Eklund: Could Florida Repeat the Magic of '96?

There is nothing scarier in the Stanley Cup Playoffs than a team that has no pressure on it apart from the pressure it puts on itself. Here in Philadelphia, there was a lot of talk about whether the club would be best served to drop from the fifth spot to sixth and play the Southeast Division winner. Many in New Jersey seem quite content with the likely matchup against the Florida...

Panthers blow lead in 3rd, lose to Wild in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Jose Theodore and the Florida Panthers let a point slip away. Trying to pull five points ahead of the Washington Capitals in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand and five to play, Florida led Minnesota by one in the final minute. But the Wild, already eliminated from playoff contention, weren't finished. With Niklas Backstrom pulled from his net...

John Jaeckel: Hockey is A Funny Sport

Follow me @jaeckel Eklund had a blog the other day positing the question as to whether this year’s Florida Panthers could replicate the magic of the ’96 Panthers—and take the Stanley Cup. I’m not here to comment on that beyond saying this: hockey, especially at this time of year, often defies expectations and predictions. Suitably, for a sport played...

Tom Gilbert gets stick of Kris Versteeg stuck in his earhole (Video)

During Thursday night's NHL game between the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was very lucky not to be injured after a high stick by Panthers forward Kris Versteeg became stuck in Gilbert's earhole. It happened in the third period just after a faceoff on the Wild end of the ice, and play was stopped as Gilbert went down on the ice to protect...

Panthers-Wild Preview

A road trip against mainly lackluster competition would only seem to aid the Florida Panthers' quest for their first Southeast Division title and first playoff berth in 12 years. The Panthers play the second of those four straight road games Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild. Florida (37-24-15) had lost three in a row heading into Tuesday's game in Montreal with...

Backstrom ready to return for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild's playoff hopes are dead, but the injuries that ruined the team's season are starting to heal. A week after captain Mikko Koivu returned from an extended absence, No. 1 goalie Niklas Backstom, who suffered a lower-body injury March 1 against Montreal, will make his first start since the injury Thursday night against the Florida Panthers...

Kings ruin big chance in loss vs. Wild

Erik Christensen and Mikko Koivu scored in a shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 on Saturday night. Darroll Powe, Nick Johnson and Christensen scored in regulation for the Wild, which won its second straight game. Niklas Backstrom had 26 saves. Brad Richardson scored twice and Dustin Brown also had a goal for Los Angeles, which began the night with just...

Wild get overtime win over Panthers

Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, Erik Christensen and Mike Yeo talk about the 3-2 overtime win on Thursday.
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