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Aaron Ekblad deserves the Calder Trophy

Despite the constant jokes about their attendance woes, the Florida Panthers are worth paying attention to these days. Part of that has to do with goaltender Roberto Luongo’s performance in net, keeping the Panthers within shouting distance of a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. But arguably the biggest story comes from 18-year-old blueliner Aaron Ekblad. See, Ekblad...
Via Sports-Glory
52 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Wear and tear of long road trip catches up with Panthers in loss to Oilers

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The doors to the Florida Panthers dressing room remained shut for an extended period of time after a disappointing 3-2 shootout loss to the lowly Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night. The loss, which came just a week after Florida's decisive victory in Edmonton, pushed the Panthers' losing skid to three games -- their longest such streak since early November. "A game...
Via Fox Sports Florida
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers rookie Ekblad on historic scoring pace for defenseman his age

SUNRISE, Fla. -- At the midway point of his rookie season, defenseman Aaron Ekblad only faintly resembles the player that the Florida Panthers selected with the No. 1 overall pick at the 2014 NHL Draft. The wide-eyed, clean-shaven kid from Windsor, Ontario is no more. In his place, a grizzled, battle-tested blueliner stood before reporters on Thursday morning after the team returned...
Via Fox Sports Florida
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With Willie Mitchell's help, Dmitry Kulikov bouncing back into form for Panthers

Things haven't always been easy for Dmitry Kulikov. A relic of a tumultuous time in South Florida before the arrival of general manager Dale Tallon, the 24-year-old defenseman is surprisingly the longest tenured player on the Florida Panthers roster. In the six seasons since the Panthers selected him with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Lipetsk, Russia, native has played...
Via Fox Sports Florida
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Lindsay Q&A: The ice-level perspective on Panthers' improvement

SUNRISE, Fla. -- A Florida Panthers mainstay both on and off the ice since the organization's inaugural season in 1993, Bill Lindsay is currently in his sixth season as the team's television analyst on FOX Sports Florida, after spending the last two years serving as the club's color commentator. Lindsay, a 14-year NHL veteran and member of the 1996 Panthers Eastern Conference Championship...
Via Fox Sports Florida
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Root, root, root: Panthers giving hometown fans something to cheer about

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Throughout their history, the Florida Panthers' home-ice advantage has typically pertained to the benefits of life away from the arena. This season, however, the allure of sandy beaches and beautiful weather have taken a back seat to the Panthers' on-ice prowess, as the BB&T Center has suddenly become one of the more unforgiving places for opponents to visit...
Via Fox Sports Florida
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers rally past Maple Leafs with 4 goals in final period

  Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in Florida's four-goal third period, and the Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Sunday. Willie Mitchell, Dmitry Kulikov and Scottie Upshall also scored in the third for the Panthers, who have won four of five. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen had two assists. James van Riemsdyk had a goal and...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers light it up in 4-goal third period to beat Maple Leafs

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in Florida's four-goal third period, and the Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Sunday. Willie Mitchell, Dmitry Kulikov and Scottie Upshall also scored in the third for the Panthers, who have won four of five. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen had two assists. James van Riemsdyk...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers rally for 6-4 victory over Maple Leafs

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in Florida's four-goal third period, and the Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Sunday. Willie Mitchell, Dmitry Kulikov and Scottie Upshall also scored in the third for the Panthers, who have won four of five. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen had two assists. James van Riemsdyk...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers light it up in 4-goal third period to beat Maple Leafs

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Brad Boyes scored a tiebreaking power-play goal in Florida's four-goal third period, and the Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-4 on Sunday. Willie Mitchell, Dmitry Kulikov and Scottie Upshall also scored in the third for the Panthers, who have won four of five. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Jussi Jokinen had two assists. James van Riemsdyk...
Via Fox Sports Florida
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Gameday 33: Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers

Pittsburgh Penguins (22-6-4) at Florida Panthers (14-9-8) 7:30 PM – SN, ROOT Sports BB&T Center – Sunrise, Florida So, who knew these two teams would hate each other so much?  The Pens won a steel cage match Saturday night against the Panthers thanks to in part to Derrick Pouliot’s first NHL goal and Sidney Crosby’s first in nine games.  Marc-Andre Fleury made 45...
Via The Pensblog
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Thoughts: Game 32 – Hockey and Panthers make Downie go crazy in Pens 3-1 win

By: Meesh Shanmugam Here’s a link to the Postgame Thoughts archive, in case you want to catch up on what you may have missed. Pens 3  Panthers 1 Record: 22-6-4 Goals Spaling (5) from Downie, Goc Pouliot (1) from Downie, Spaling Crosby (10) from Letang, Despres Click here to read the goal assessments Penalties Harrington (high-sticking) – Careless (tries to lift his stick...
Via The PensNation
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

RECAP: Game 32. Pens win a street fight 3-1

Usually Panther-Penguin games are mundane. Not this one. This game was downright hateful. Couple of reasons for that: 1. Willie Mitchell, the Panthers’ captain for some reason, hates Evgeni Malkin. This happened a long time ago, and Mitchell probably didn’t forget: Mitchell and Malkin had a little convo early in this game, and it wasn’t about Xmas gifts. Mitchell had his...
Via The Pensblog
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers’ Willie Mitchell Bashes Kris Letang In Head With Letang’s Helmet After Scuffle

Panthers captain Willie Mitchell and Penguins defenseman Kris Letang clearly were unhappy with one another but never quite dropped the mitts in this scuffle. Not until there were linesmen in there trying to break it up at least. At that time, Mitchell went nuts and ripped off Letang’s helmet and hit him with it. Pretty […] The post Panthers’ Willie Mitchell Bashes Kris Letang...
Via Diehardsport
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The first period between the Penguins and Panthers was completely insane

The Penguins and Panthers coming into this game weren’t considered two teams that hated each other. After the first period that might change. The first period saw a huge hit on that bloodied Aaron Ekblad, a slash on Sidney Crosby, Willie Mitchell trying to beat Kris Letang with Letang’s helment. Here are GIFs: **** started when Bobby the Hound Farnham killed Aaron Ekblad: Ekblad...
Via The Pensblog
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' defensive group, now healthy, finding new ways of contributing

The Los Angeles Kings like the unconventional, but Tuesday night at the Staples Center, it was just plain weird. Two defensemen not named Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez or even Jake Muzzin, scored goals in the Kings' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The team that only dressed five defensemen last week was back to six Tuesday, but whether that's a full-strength group has been questionable...
Via Fox Sports West
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers' Willie Mitchell closes the book on time with Kings

The last time Willie Mitchell took the ice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the veteran defenseman could be seen circling the rink with the Stanley Cup hoisted high above his head, the silver trophy shining nearly as bright as his bearded grin. Of the 18 forwards and defensemen that helped lift the Kings to a 3-2 double-overtime victory over the New York Rangers that night,...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers need to 'reset the dial' after back-to-back losses

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers captain Willie Mitchell knows what it takes to win in the NHL. A student of three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens during his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils, and having hoisted two Cups of his own with the Los Angeles Kings, the veteran defenseman could easily pen a lengthy novel on how to succeed in hockey's top league. Yet, after...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Luongo, Panthers edge Flyers

  Roberto Luongo made 36 saves, rookie Aaron Ekblad scored his first NHL goal and the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night. Captain Willie Mitchell also scored for Florida, which has won three of four. Ekblad, the Panthers' top pick in this year's draft, converted a slap shot from just inside the blue line, beating Philadelphia goalie Steve Mason on...
Via AP on Fox
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo stops 36 shots, Panthers beat visiting Flyers 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Roberto Luongo made 36 saves, rookie Aaron Ekblad scored his first NHL goal and the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night. Captain Willie Mitchell also scored for Florida, which has won three of four. Ekblad, the Panthers' top pick in this year's draft, converted a slap shot from just inside the blue line, beating Philadelphia goalie...
Via AP on Fox
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo stops 36 shots, Panthers beat visiting Flyers 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Roberto Luongo made 36 saves, rookie Aaron Ekblad scored his first NHL goal and the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night. Captain Willie Mitchell also scored for Florida, which has won three of four. Ekblad, the Panthers' top pick in this year's draft, converted a slap shot from just inside the blue line, beating Philadelphia goalie...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Roberto Luongo, Panthers edge Flyers 2-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Roberto Luongo made 36 saves, rookie Aaron Ekblad scored his first NHL goal and the Florida Panthers beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night. Captain Willie Mitchell also scored for Florida, which has won three of four. Ekblad, the Panthers' top pick in this year's draft, converted a slap shot from just inside the blue line, beating Philadelphia goalie...
Via AP on Fox
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Foiled in Florida: Luongo, Panthers down Flyers

The Flyers took nine shots in the first 20 minutes of a listless first period. They took 28 shots after. Only the last one found the back of the net. Roberto Luongo stopped the other 36 though, while Willie Mitchell and Aaron Ekblad scored in the Panthers 2-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday night at BB&T Center. Mitchell's goal came at 9:07 of the first. After a turnover...
Via Flyerdelphia
November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

'Inside the Panthers: Hockey on the Hudson' premieres Oct. 18 on FOX Sports Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Pack your bags and come along with the Florida Panthers as they embark on a three-day trip to the United States Military Academy for training and team building. On Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10:00 p.m., FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Panthers, will premiere a brand new episode of "Inside the Panthers" upon conclusion of the Florida vs...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers' 'No Excuses' motto getting tested early in season

SUNRISE, Fla. -- On Saturday morning, the Florida Panthers made one last locker room addition before suiting up for their home opener against the New Jersey Devils. No players were signed and no lines combinations were changed. However, a new credo can now be found on one wall of their dressing room at the BB&T Center. Positioned above the lockers of goaltenders Roberto Luongo...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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