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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.


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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...

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The Florida Panthers Will Finally See A Round 2

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

Before the Florida Panthers beat the Capitals in overtime on Friday night, Jonathan Huberdeau had not experienced any sort of playoff success since his days with Gerard Gallant and the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Sasha Barkov last won in the postseason while in Finland.

Aaron Ekblad?

Well, his Barrie Colts team was pretty good.

But when it came to the Panthers, these three — the core of the Panthers’ youth movement of the 2010s — had never been on a Florida team which got out of the first round.

So, when those guys lined up for the postgame handshake moments after Carter Verhaeghe won Game 6 in overtime, you can bet they enjoyed it.

For the first time, we might add.

“It was, obviously, different being on the other side,” Huberdeau said. “It’s the best way.”

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Video- On To Round 2 For The Florida Panthers.

Carter Verhaeghe with the game winner in OT.  Panthers win 4-3 and take the series 4-2 over the Washington Capltals.

 

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A Three Goal Deficit Not A Problem For The Florida Panthers

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers certainly lived up to their ‘Comeback Cats’ moniker in their previous outing, but who could have guessed they would do it again on Wednesday night?

With less than four minutes gone in the second period, the Panthers found themselves down three.

A rollicking FLA Live Arena had gone silent. Accept for the fellow in the upper deck who shouted: ‘Do something, Panthers!’

Well, Sir, the Panthers heard you.

Loud and clear.

At least Carter Verhaeghe did.

Another Florida comeback started not long after the sarcastic pleading came down from on high, the Panthers scoring three of their own to close the second period.

In the third, Florida got a second Verhaeghe goal and pulled out a 5-3 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of their first-round series.

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The Florida Panthers Take Back Home Ice Advantage

from Samatha Pell of The Washington Post,

The whistles kept coming Monday night at Capital One Arena, the pace of play broken up time and time again as the parade to the penalty box continued.

An infraction-filled second period devolved into a special teams showcase during the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers in Game 4, and the officials had assessed 13 minor penalties by the end of the night.

In the Stanley Cup playoffs, physical play is expected, but the quantity of penalties handed out in this Eastern Conference first-round series that’s tied at two wins apiece — as well as the number of infractions being called leaguewide this postseason — may not continue to benefit a Capitals team facing the best offense the NHL has seen since the mid-1990s.

The Capitals’ penalties have yet to hurt them; the Panthers — who had the NHL’s fifth-best power play in the regular season, clicking at 24.4 percent — are 0 for 13 through four games. But penalty killing perfection for a group that denied its opponents 80.4 percent of the time in the regular season (to rank 12th in the league) is unsustainable against Florida’s talent. The Panthers had four 30-goal scorers in the regular season, and those four (Aleksander Barkov, Sam Reinhart, Anthony Duclair and Jonathan Huberdeau) combined for 42 power-play tallies.

After a momentum-swinging Game 4 win, Florida may be feeling its early-series nerves starting to fade. The Panthers are one lucky bounce — or one perfect snipe — away from getting back into a rhythm on the power play.

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The Florida Panthers Need Their ‘A’ Game Back

from George Richards of Florida Hockey Now,

The Florida Panthers have played three games against the Washington Capitals in this first-round playoff series and have looked liked the team which ended with the best record in the NHL for about two-plus periods of them.

In saying that, it is little surprise that they go into Monday night’s Game 4 trailing the best-of-7 series 2-1.

The Panthers, simply put, have not been the Panthers.

Give the Capitals plenty of credit for that.

Their forechecking, backchecking, clog-up-the-middle style has stymied the Panthers for much of Games 1 and 3 as well as the first 15 minutes of Game 2.

But the Panthers need to take a look at themselves in the mirror.

After Game 1, some players said there was nervousness in opening up the playoff series.

Jonathan Huberdeau alluded to that after the Game 3 loss, Andrew Brunette bringing it up on Sunday.

Following the 6-1 loss on Saturday, Brandon Montour said the Panthers “weren’t really ready to play, I think. The energy level, we can say what we want in the room, but we get on the ice and I don’t think we were on it.”

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The Florida Panthers Can’t Afford To Go Down 0-2 To The Washington Capitals

from Dave Hyde of the South Florida SunSentinel,

Here’s the lesson: It’s different in playoff hockey. More physical. Less scoring. Cut the cute from your play and keep everything direct and simple in your game in the manner interim coach Andrew Burnette talks.

“We kind of self-destructed,” Burnette said of the Panthers’ rough third period.

No franchise has more at stake these playoffs than the Panthers. It’s not just how they looked in the regular season, scoring at will, entertaining like the Harlem Globetrotters some nights and delivering the best season not just in the league but in their sad-sack history.

It’s also what these playoffs can do for this sagging franchise. It can make them relevant in South Florida. It can give them the kind of bandwagon boost they desperately need.

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The Florida Panthers Prove They Can Win A Defensive Game

from David Wilson of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers began the final month of the regular season by having some of their flaws exposed, even as they continued to stack wins. In its first four games of the month, Florida needed to pull off comebacks — including a pair from four goals down — and the Panthers won all four despite giving up an average of 4.5 goals per game. After every one, Brunette expressed some level of his concern and his best players agreed, parroting the same sort of message: They won’t be able to keep winning like this once the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs begin.

On Saturday, they finally got the message. For the first time since March, Florida (51-15-6) won without the help of a comeback and did it by putting together one of its most complete defensive performances of the season.

The Panthers held the Nashville Predators to just 25 shots on goal and eight high-danger chances — tied for their third fewest allowed against a team with a winning record — to win 4-1 in Tennessee. It let Florida win even though it only scored two goals before the Predators emptied their net — the Panthers hadn’t scored so few in a win since January — and had its fewest shots on goal since February.

“We were letting a lot of goals in the last week’s games, so, of course, we need to defend even better. We know how to score goals, but we need to make sure we help the goalies,” rookie center Anton Lundell said Saturday. “We can’t allow the other team to get breakaways, 2-on-1s that much, so I think today we did a lot of better work.”

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Video- Everything You Want In A Hockey Game

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs ever bless their fans with a snowbird series in Florida, the games will be up for grabs and the entertainment value should be off the charts.

Do you enjoy goals? Ten-bell saves?

How about hits? Superstars? Broken records?

Wild shifts in momentum and surprise plot twists?

The Maple Leafs’ wild back-to-back in the Sunshine State featured some high-event, high-octane, high-anxiety hockey.

Call it a potential playoff preview.

Call it a collapse.

Call it a comeback.

Or simply call it a fun night at the rink.

The only thing Toronto’s hectic 7-6 overtime loss to the top-seed Florida Panthers Tuesday did not provide was a dull moment.

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