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from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
If the hockey gods have a sense of drama, they will make sure the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers finally play each other in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. Fans would go crazy to see two Florida teams play and the players would dig into that rivalry as well.
On Monday, the Panthers defeated the Lightning 3-1, the Panthers' Reilly Smith scoring the winner in the waning minutes of regulation, goaltender Roberto Luongo finishing with 34 saves to snap a personal four-game losing skid.
These two teams will battle for Atlantic Division supremacy all season. The win by the Panthers (6-6-1) over the Lightning (7-5-1) should be exactly what they needed to push them in the right direction. The Panthers have been getting contributions from forward Vincent Trocheck, who has six goals and two assists for eight points in 13 games. Adding Jonathan Marchessault during the offseason was huge: the former Lightning forward is leading the Panthers with seven goals and six assists for 13 points in 13 games. But Florida needs more contributions throughout the lineup to set up this playoff matchup. Make it happen, hockey gods.
continue for some Rask and Trouba talk...
Regarding Lightning/Panthers, only an announced crowd of 11,000+ and game highlights are below...
You have to wonder how many goals he would have if he had not missed three NHL seasons to play in the KHL.
Florida TV call is below...
via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
The officials waved it off, even before Trocheck collected the puck and put in the second effort. The Lightning started to celebrate and leave the ice.
"We thought it was done," Stamkos said.
But the goal was reviewed and it was ruled that Trocheck kept the "puck in motion towards the goal before his shot attempt." Rule 24.2 says, "once it is shot, the play shall be considered complete."
"It was close," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "After watching it now, it's a toss of the coin. But in the end, it all worked out. There's no controversy."
The Lightning did go on to win the game later in the shootout.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,
It sits by its lonesome in Amalie Arena, on an end table between a couch and a chair outside Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman's office: the Governor's Cup. The crystal vase was awarded exactly one time, to the winner of the 2013-14 season series between the Lightning and the downstate Florida Panthers.
How can we forget Lightning players skating around the ice with the Governor's Cup over their heads?
"I don't think we ever really got to that point," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said with a grin.
The Governor's Cup shouldn't be confused with the Nextel Cup or Florida Blue Cup, other short-lived contrivances aimed at propping up the arid intrastate rivalry between these hockey clubs.
It's inexcusable that Lightning-Panthers hasn't amounted to anything. We're not asking for Montreal-Quebec or Islanders-Rangers. Just a heart beat, if only in the name of geography.
Nothing. Nearly a quarter-century, 122 games, including 50 Lightning wins. Nothing.
They will try again when they meet Tuesday night at Amalie. The Lightning and Panthers, both off to a 2-0-0 start, are expected to fight for the Atlantic Division crown. Maybe it's time to dust off that Governor's Cup.
"I don't even think the governor knows what the Governor's Cup is," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "There is no rivalry. There's no history. It's amazing."
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations Dale Tallon announced today that forward Derek MacKenzie has been named the ninth captain in franchise history. MacKenzie joins Brian Skrudland (1993-1997), Scott Mellanby (1997-2001), Paul Laus/Pavel Bure (2001-2002), Olli Jokinen (2005-2008), Bryan McCabe (2009-2011), Ed Jovanovski (2013-2014) and Willie Mitchell (2014-16) as the other Panthers captains in the club's 23-year history.
Bob McKenzie tweets,
Full extent of Jonathan Huberdeau's skate laceration injury won't be known til he gets MRI tomorrow (Sunday). Obviously, concern for tendon damage.
A severed Achilles tendon can be a 6+ month recovery but partial tears can be much less, as in 4 to 8 wks or 8 to 12 wks. Wait-and-see time.
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
A training camp begins Thursday with physicals and Friday's first practice at the the IceDen, the new-look Florida Panthers ignored the old axiom "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" this offseason.
Instead of tweaking a roster that won an Atlantic Division title last season with a franchise-record 47 wins and 103 points, the Panthers were arguably the busiest franchise in the NHL over the summer.
They overhauled everything from their logo and jerseys to trainers, equipment managers, scouts, assistant coaches and front office. Including rookie Mike Matheson, Florida will have four new blue-line starters on last year's seventh-ranked defense. In all, there could be 8-10 fresh faces on the Panthers' season-opening 23-man roster come Oct. 13.
Co-owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu invested more than $220 million in signing five free agents while also locking up their talented young core of Vincent Trocheck, Aaron Ekblad, Reilly Smith and Jonathan Huberdeau for years to come.
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