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Tom Wilson received five for boarding and a game misconduct.
Funny how the broadcasts of the hit differ. First the Florida point of view...
Below, the Washington side...
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Florida Panthers future in South Florida will likely be determined in a county meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The Broward County Commission is expected to vote on a financial package in which the team's long-term lease at the county-owned BB&T Center will be rewritten, with the Panthers getting more tourist tax money to help offset massive losses.
The Panthers and county administrators negotiated the terms over the past year.
Those terms, which would give the team a financial package worth $86 million, were presented to the commission at an October meeting.
I have been following this topic over the last few days and what I have read is the vote should pass.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Tortorella didn’t think the Blue Jackets were stoked enough to play the Panthers, like they would be to play, say, the Pittsburgh Penguins or, tonight’s opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers.
“I don’t understand how we can disrespect an opponent when we’re looking up at all 29 teams,” Tortorella said. “It’s another lesson that we’re going to have to learn as we keep plugging away here, trying to get ourselves well.
“But this one … I didn’t expect this one. I thought we were beginning to find our way. But as a group, right on through the lineup, it was disrespectful to our opponent.”
Watch Tortorella post-game below...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night made it four straight wins for the Florida Panthers, including three on the road. The Panthers looked for much of the first two months of the season like a young team still too inconsistent to be a playoff participant this season, but now they're tied with the Devils and Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 28 points.
Lots of hockey to go this season, but this is the kind of run Florida needed in order to put itself in the mix.
Roberto Luongo was outstanding again Thursday night, by the way, stopping 32 shots. The 36-year-old has allowed two or fewer goals in five straight games and sports a spiffy .928 save percentage for the season. Not bad, old man.
So, are the Panthers ready to pounce this season?
more on the Panthers from the ESPN hockey crew...
from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
“All over the ice it seemed it was real sloppy, a lot of turnovers, myself included,” Ott said. “You chase the game when you turn over the puck as much as we were doing tonight. It seemed like we couldn’t get anything going.” Asked if that was the result of the Blues’ play or the Panthers’, Ott said: “I’d say us.”
Hitchcock agreed. “To me, everything is work based,” he said. “When you play with a work base, you play in straight lines. You don’t play cute. You get on the grind, you wear teams down. That’s how we’re built. We didn’t want to play that way today. We didn’t give Florida near the respect they deserved. We wanted to play a slow, east-west game and we couldn’t. … It’s disappointing. But the next two days give us a chance to really work and get on the grind and that’s what we’ll do. Hopefully we’ll get our game back in order for the weekend.”
“Kind of a sloppy game, especially through neutral zone,” said defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who had his eight-game point streak snapped. “They played a pretty passive system and did a good job of clogging things up. That’s where we really looked out of sorts. It didn’t give us a chance to get our speed going into the zone and establish a forecheck. Everything else was just a little off tonight.”
more on the game
Game highlights are below...
The first nine shots turned into goals, the tenth shootout attempt failed. The Florida Panther defeated the New York Islanders 3-2.
Here is the complete shootout...
via George Richards of the Miami Herald,
"Aw man, if they scored one more goal and I think I was coming out,” Luongo joked about giving up four in a row. “I was going to let [Al] Montoya take over, throw up my hands. But this was a big game for us before we hit the road. We played solid, didn’t give them much. They’re a good team, and we stuck with it."
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The greatest European-born player in league history — who has the fourth-most points (1,817) and sixth most goals (729) all time in the NHL — still is lacing them up and still leading the way, this 43-year-old marvel of nature pacing the Panthers in scoring with 15 points (7-8) in 17 games entering Saturday night’s match against the Rangers.
He has a different body, dramatically trimmed from a once-preferred fighting weight of 245 pounds to a svelte 230. He is almost unrecognizable in street clothes unless you recognize him from his 18-year-old 1990-91 season. For a second, you think time has stood still.
Jagr explains his new physique by saying he essentially would be standing still on the ice at 245 playing against this new generation of world-class skaters.
“I don’t know if I would be slower, but everyone else would be faster,” he said following Friday’s practice. “Like when you stay still and everyone passes you, it is like you are going backwards.”
via Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
A report by Stifel, Nicolous and Barrett Sports Group says the owners of the NHL’s Florida Panthers have had to inject $99 million into the team to cover losses for the team and BB&T Center.
That’s a lot of dough when you consider that it was just two years ago a group led by Vincent Viola bought the Panthers, the arena’s operating rights and some nearby land for $160 million.
Even the league’s recent Canadian television deal and new digital media agreement with MLBAM will not be enough to erase the team’s losses. That is why the Panthers are looking for an $86 million bailout from Broward County.The report makes the case for a taxpayer bailout. Its math shows the county would be $6 million worse off if the Panthers would leave based on the net difference between revenue and expenses for BB&T Center.
But that is the same argument those in favor of giving the Arizona Coyotes a bailout made. And we know how that’s worked out thus far.
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