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Video- Robert Luongo On Entering The Hockey Hall Of Fame

A bit over 10 minutes to watch.


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Paul Maurice Lands In South Florida


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Season Is Over For The Florida Panthers And Cup Run Continues For The Tampa Bay Lightning

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers waited until Monday night to bring their very best against the Lightning in their playoff series.

It still was not good enough.

Hard to imagine the Panthers playing any better than they did in Game 4 — only goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy was unbeatable.

He was the difference on Monday — and in the series.

Now, the Panthers’ best season in their history is over.

Tampa Bay, despite getting outshot and outplayed by the Panthers throughout, got a goal from Pat Maroon in front of the net and that was enough to lift the Lightning to a 2-0 win and a four-game sweep of Florida.

“I thought it was the best game we played as a 60-minute game,” coach Andrew Brunette said.

“It looked like us and I’m not sure if our backs were that far against the wall, there was no pressure, but we played like we played all year tonight. That wasn’t always the case in the other nine games. We showed flashes of it, but the 60-minute game at that pace looked like us.”


from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

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Video- Reviews Overturn Two Goals

The HNIC panel breakdown the two no-goals in the seond period of the Tampa/Florida game.


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The Florida Panthers Now Face Elimination

from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

One goal. That’s it. That’s all the Florida Panthers scored again. Just one. There’s no need to belabor the point by now, especially since it’s just one lonely point.

The record-setting Panthers scored one goal in only three of 82 regular-season games.

They’ve now scored one in all three losses to Tampa Bay this playoff series after Sunday’s 5-1 loss in Game 3.

Frustrated? Sure, that was evident by their play, as well as their words afterward. But maybe they’re exposed, too, as a pretty team that lacks enough blue-collar grit in the playoffs.

“They have more will and more desire than we do,’’ Panthers coach Andrew Brunette said after the loss. “It shows if you watch the game, shift after shift right now. We need to dial it in deeper and harder and want it more.”

That’s the kind of thing you don’t expect to hear from the team that had just lost the opening two games of this series at home. You expected frenzied desperation, unbridled passion.


Below are the game highlights.

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Interim Tag Still On Andrew Brunette

from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

Asked how he wanted his team to play trailing early that series, he said, “Hopefully mad.”

“Absolutely,’’ he admitted how frustration weighed on his players this Tampa Bay series due to their staggering power-play failure.

“Angry, hungry and not to be denied,” he said Saturday in underlining the mindset for Sunday’s Game 3, a T-shirt-worthy phrase close to Hamilton’s chorus line of, “Young, scrappy and hungry.”

If you, like me, have become a fan of Brunette’s brand of honesty, as well as the pinball Panthers offense in the regular season, it’s time to be just as direct about the possible stakes as they try to climb back into the series Sunday in Tampa.

Brunette is coaching for his job.

There’s no other way to look at how his “interim coach” tag hasn’t been lifted by now. It was Oct. 29 when Joel Quenneville was forced to resign under the gloomiest of situations, the covering up of a sexual-assault scandal a decade earlier in Chicago that took in the Panthers as collateral damage.

That makes Brunette the longest interim coach in the history of sports. Eighty-four games. Nearly seven months. He helped the Panthers to the best record in the regular season and won their first playoff series win in 26 years. Doesn’t that count for something — maybe everything?

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The Florida Panthers Have Lost Their Way

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

History is repeating itself for the Florida Panthers.

And we’re not going back to the 90s, either.

Just 2021.

For the second straight playoff, the Panthers find themselves down 2-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning after playing two games at home.

The reasons why they are down in the series differ.

At least a little bit.

In 2021, the Panthers let a 4-3 lead slip away in the third period of Game 1. That lead to the benching of Sergei Bobrovsky in Game 2 where Chris Driedger allowed three goals on 29 shots in a 3-1 loss.

This time around, it appears the Panthers are having an identity crisis.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Have Pushed The Florida Panthers Into A Deep Hole

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

After all their wins, their Presidents’ Trophy season and record-breaking offence, their upgraded lineup and first playoff series victory in 26 years, the Florida Panthers are precisely where they were last year against the Tampa Bay Lightning: down 2-0 in the playoffs after getting swept on home ice.

The only difference, after Tampa’s buzzer-beating 2-1 win Thursday in Sunrise, Fla., is that this is the second round of the National Hockey League playoffs, not the first. It looks like it will be as far as the Panthers get in the Stanley Cup tournament.

In 82 regular-season games — 58 of them wins — the highest-scoring team in the NHL’s salary-cap era scored fewer than two goals only three times. They did it twice in three days against the Lightning, who don’t have the talent they boasted while winning the last two Stanley Cups but possess infinitely more playoff knowhow than the Panthers.

“It's just amazing what this group can continue to fight through,” Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said. “Obviously, we knew they were going to push. And they pushed, they played a great game. But we bent, we didn't break.

“You want to win every game and you come on the road with that mentality. You want to steal one for sure; that's definitely the mindset. But when you get that first one, we talked about, ‘Let's get greedy here.’ We did it last year — we came in and won the first two. There's no taking a breath now. We did our job here in an environment that is tough, obviously, to win in. (But) let's stay focused. Let's regroup, let's get some guys a little more healthy, but let's keep the foot on the gas.”


Game highlights are below.

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Ben Chiarot Fined For Head-Butting

NEW YORK (May 18, 2022) – Florida Panthers defenseman Ben Chiarot has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for head-butting Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ross Colton during Game 1 of the teams’ Second Round series in Florida on Tuesday, May 17, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 10:13 of the second period.

Watch below.

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Powerless Power Play Hurts The Florida Panthers In Loss To The Tampa Bay Lightning

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

Florida Panthers coach Andrew Brunette says his team’s power play is going to score one of these days.

He almost guarantees it.

It has to, right?

It had better.

Florida once again did not score with the man advantage in this postseason and it was costly on Tuesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning took Game 1 with a 4-1 win.

While the Panthers went 0-3 on the power play on Tuesday, the Lightning scored three of its goals on it.

The Panthers had a 1-0 lead in the game until late in the second — with the Lightning scoring three in the third. Two of those goals came on the power play.

continued, Florida's power play is 0-21 during the playoffs...

Game highlights are below.

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