It wasn't quite as shocking as a snowstorm in Atlanta or Peyton Manning''s performance Sunday, but there were a few extremely rare sightings in the BB&T Center Tuesday evening.
First, the Panthers scored a power-play goal, their second in their last 53 chances and first at home since Dec. 28. Then five minutes later, perhaps their most mild-mannered player, second...
Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski is thrilled to be playing again after major hip surgery, but that doesn't mean he's happy about the team's current status or attitude.
After losing three lospided games in a row on a critical road trip, the Panthers are 13 points behind a wild-card berth with six teams to hop over and just three games remaining before the 20-day Olympic...
What makes a great hockey game?
Back-and-forth action, a little adversity, maybe even an unexpected surprise. A little back story does not hurt either.
The Florida Panthers have played 1,558 regular season and playoff games to this point, and although few have been high-stakes contests, the Panthers have had their share of memorable ones.
There have been major triumphs, such as Florida...
When asked why he would go through the endless hours of rehabilitation to continue playing hockey at 37, Ed Jovanovski sat back in his locker stall and sighed.
If there was any question whether Jovanovski loves playing this game, it quickly disappears.
“I take every day as a win,” Jovanovski said Tuesday night, not long after he had his biggest moment since returning to the...
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I'm enjoying the fact that the top headline today is about the Columbus Blue Jackets. Sure, they are on a hot streak, but since when did anyone notice when they did something? ESPN, NBC Sports Illustrated. The Local Take
New Jersey 7, St. Louis 1 - Plying back to...
It was for these special moments that Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski put himself through eight months of painstaking rehabilitation from major hip surgery to make it back to play a young man's game he still has a passion for.
Moments like scoring a big goal to lead the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the hapless Buffalo Sabres in First Niagara Center Tuesday night for their first...
Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in his 1,100th career game, sparking the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Sean Bergenheim, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo. Tom Gilbert set up two goals in helping the Panthers overcome a pair of one...
Via AP on Fox
January 21, 2014
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Ed Jovanovski scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in his 1,100th career game, sparking the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Sean Bergenheim, Jesse Winchester and Nick Bjugstad also scored for Florida, which improved to 4-0-1 in its past five trips to Buffalo. Tom Gilbert set up two goals in helping the Panthers...
Unlike the Florida Panthers' goaltenders, very few Cats defensemen have captured league-wide attention.
Until Brian Campbell won the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most gentlemanly player in 2011-12, no Panthers defenseman had received an award. Only four blueliners have been selected to represent Florida at the All-Star Game.
The league's best defensemen are often synonymous...
Scottie Upshall scored a short-handed goal and had an assist to lead the Florida Panthers over the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Nick Bjugstad, Drew Shore and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Tim Thomas stopped 31 shots, and Ed Jovanovski had two assists.
Thomas Vanek and Colin McDonald scored for the Islanders. Kevin Poulin made 22 saves.
The win was...
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January 14, 2014
The skinny: Captain Brian Gionta snapped a 1-1 tie late in the second period and the Canadiens went on to defeat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Monday night at the Bell Centre. Tomas Plekanec, who was named captain of the Czech Olympic team earlier in the day, took advantage of a weak pass by Ed Jovanovski behind the Florida net and he set up Gionta for his second goal in two games.
Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski didn't have a point in Saturday's action-packed 5-4 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators, but he still stole the show.
For the first time in nearly 10 months, the Panthers had their captain back as he followed goalie Tim Thomas onto the ice to generous applause from the 15,796 BB&T Center faithful, who have always considered...
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Doctors and athletes may one day remember Ed Jovanovski as a pioneer.
Nine months after undergoing major hip surgery, the Florida Panthers captain returned to the ice. It wasn't a one-shift-and-done moment, either.
The defenseman logged just under 16 minutes of ice time, filled roles on the power play and penalty kill and finished with a plus-3 rating in Florida...
from Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,
Panthers captain Ed Jovanovski is set to play his first game in nearly 10 months and since undergoing resurfacing hip surgery.
The surgery, an alternative, less invasive procedure to a full hip replacement is relativey new, and it's not believed than any athlete from the four major North American professional sports has ever made...
The Florida Panthers will try to use the unlikely return of captain Ed Jovanovski to inspire an end to their recent struggles.
The injury-plagued defenseman is expected to play for the first time in nearly 10 months Saturday night against the visiting Nashville Predators.
The 37-year-old Jovanovski could have retired after undergoing hip resurfacing but decided to work his way...
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January 04, 2014
The last game Panther captain Ed Jovanovski played in was in March. His troubled hip was so bad he could no longer take the NHL grind. Rumors swirled it might be over for Jovo Cop and his illustrious 18 year career might be over.
But he wasn't ready to quit.
After a painful and arduous process to get back to NHL-ready, Jovanovski will play in his first game since having...
The Florida Panthers have activated defenseman and captain Ed Jovanovski from injured reserve and say he'll make his season debut Saturday against Nashville.
Jovanovski had hip surgery in April. Injuries kept him from 83 of Florida's last 89 games, dating to the start of last season. Jovanovski said the hip pain was so bad that lacing his own skates proved impossible.
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January 03, 2014
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers have activated defenseman and captain Ed Jovanovski from injured reserve and say he'll make his season debut Saturday against Nashville.
Jovanovski had hip surgery in April. Injuries kept him from 83 of Florida's last 89 games, dating to the start of last season. Jovanovski said the hip pain was so bad that lacing his own skates...
For the past five months Panthers veteran defenseman Ed Jovanovski has patiently participated in practices and morning skates in a courageous effort to continue his 17-year NHL career following major hip surgery last April.
Finally, on Thursday following a physical practice at Saveology.com Iceplex, the team's medical staff cleared Jovanovski to play, according to a source....
The Panthers would like to continue improving their blueline with the addition of captain Ed Jovanovski although that probably isn't forthcoming. Jovanovski continues to workout with the team, but his return from major hip surgery at 37 is a slow process.
Neither the Panthers nor Jovanovski are pushing things.
"I'm still in the frame of mind that I'm getting stronger...
Defenceman Ed Jovanovski knew he needed hip surgery when “my kids had to help me put on my socks because I couldn’t bend over.” The wear and tear on his hip had severely reduced the Florida Panthers rearguard’s mobility. “I couldn’t tie my skates unless I reached out. I couldn’t bend.” He will be on Panthers trip to Edmonton later this month. When he plays is anyone’s...
When the lockout ended and last season started for the Florida Panthers, there was so much promise.
A banner commemorating the team's division title was unfurled on opening night, the franchise's star-in-waiting scored on his first NHL shot and everything looked bright.
That good feeling disappeared in a hurry. The Panthers went from celebrating to collapsing without warning...
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September 24, 2013
Ed Jovanovski has only played six games as the captain of the Panthers and although he is attempting to come back from major hip surgery there are no guarantees that he will play another NHL game.
Jovanovski 37 has been diligently rehabbing and skating all summer yet there’s a trace of uncertainly as to when or if he will play again.
“I’ve been feeling pretty good. It’s...
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New assistant coach Ulf Samuelsson will likely be in charge of the defense, much the way Mike Sullivan was in charge of the defense last season. A noted tough guy/fighter during his playing days, Samuelsson was also incredibly sound defensively and a reliable top-four defenseman for the Whalers, Penguins, and Rangers. Samuelsson spent five years...
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To FLA- Cody Hodgson and Ryan Miller
To BUF- Jacob Markstrom, Ed Jovanovski, Nick Bjugstad and 1st rd pick
My Thoughts- Buffalo needs to get rid of the circus and from a lot of the stuff I've read, moving Miller and Hodgson is a good start to doing that. Neither...