Amid scandal, Quenneville resigns as Florida Panthers coach
Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers on Thursday, two days after the second-winningest coach in NHL history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player of being sexually assaulted by another coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Driedger, Panthers bounce back to beat Predators 2-0
Anthony Duclair talks to Anton Stralman of the Florida Panthers talk while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. SUNRISE, Fla. – Chris Driedger stopped 21 shots, Aleksander Barkov and Anthony Duclair scored, and the Florida Panthers dominated the Nashville Predators in a 2-0 victory. Nashville’s Juuse Saros stopped 47 of 48 shots, but the Predators couldn’t solve Saros, making his first start since March 7. Nashville beat the Panthers 2-1 on Thursday, but Florida improved to 9-0-1 following a loss this season. Duclair and MacKenzie Weegar assisted on Barkov’s goal, and Weegar stretched his career-best points streak to seven games.
Barkov’s short-handed goal leads first place Panthers over Blackhawks
Jonathan Huberdeau celebrates his third period goal with Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers against the Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center on January 17, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. SUNRISE, Fla. – Aleksander Barkov scored a tiebreaking short-handed goal in the third period, and the Florida Panthers beat the slumping Chicago Blackhawks 6-3. It was the Panthers’ first short-handed goal this season. Down 3-1, the Panthers scored five unanswered goals to win their fourth straight game. Patrick Kane, Philipp Kurashev and Brandon Hagel scored for the Blackhawks, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Barkov scores twice as Panthers beat Blackhawks 4-2
Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. SUNRISE, Fla. – Aleksander Barkov had two goals and an assist, and the Florida Panthers beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2. Carter Verhaeghe added a goal and an assist as the Panthers earned their third straight win. Brandon Hagel and Adam Boqvist scored for the Blackhawks, which lost to the Panthers for the third time this season. Florida grabbed control with three goals in a scoring burst in the second period.
Panthers stun Stars 3-2 with late rally
Frank Vatrano of the Florida Panthers looks to pass the puck while being defended by Mark Pysyk of the Dallas Stars at the BB&T Center on February 22, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. SUNRISE, Fla. – Frank Vatrano scored the go-ahead goal with 3:10 remaining and the Florida Panthers stunned the Dallas Stars 3-2 with a late comeback. Aleksander Barkov and Anton Stralman also scored in the final 6 1/2 minutes as the Panthers overcame a 2-0 deficit. Rookie netminder Jake Oettinger stopped 32 shots. Florida scored three times in 3:11 after a nine-minute delay to repair a section of the boards.
Florida Panthers off to 2nd-best start in franchise history
Florida’s 6-1-2 start through nine games is the second-best in franchise history, topped only by the 6-0-3 record to open the 1996-97 season. “We've been consistent in most games," Florida coach Joel Quenneville said. Starting poorly, however, has pretty much snuffed out some Panthers seasons before they even started. The five Florida teams that went to the playoffs — 1995-96, 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2011-12 and 2015-16 — averaged 12 standings points through the season’s first nine games. There’s obviously a long way to go, but the Panthers finally have the start they wanted.
New-look Panthers finding success in different ways while getting off to best start in franchise history
Carter Verhaeghe of the Florida Panthers controls the puck during the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on January 26, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. That’s what the Florida Panthers just pulled off, following Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in the Motor City. It gave the Panthers a 5-0-1 record through the team’s first six games, which signifies the best six-game start to any new season in franchise history. It’s been clear from the beginning of training camp that there was something different about this version of the Panthers. He’s been part of two playoff teams, an Atlantic Division title and the best season in Panthers history, which included a franchise-best 12 game winning streak.
Panthers tie game in final seconds, beat Columbus in shootout to remain unbeaten
Patric Hornqvist of the Florida Panthers beats Joonas Korpisalo of the Columbus Blue Jackets during the shootout to win the game at Nationwide Arena on January 26, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Florida Panthers played just their third game of the season Tuesday, but the team has made the most of its limited opportunities. “This was a huge win for us,” Hornqvist said postgame. “It’s always fun to score big goals and help the team win,” Hornqvist said. “He’s been huge for us so far, and will be huge for us the whole season,” Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov said of Hornqvist.
NHL postpones Panthers next 2 games after Hurricanes players are to added COVID list
Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers gets into position in front of Goaltender Collin Delia of the Chicago Blackhawks at the BB&T Center on January 17, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. The NHL announced on Wednesday that it was postponing Carolina Hurricanes games through Saturday, Jan. 23 due to five players being placed on the league’s COVID protocol absence list. Carolina was scheduled to play the Florida Panthers on Thursday and Saturday. Those games will now be moved to later dates, further condensing a Panthers schedule that has already had two earlier postponed games squeezed in. “It was an exciting game,” Panthers coach Joel Quenneville said afterwards.
Panthers schedule updated with changes from NHL
Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers celebrates with Aleksander Barkov after assisting a goal which made him the the all-time Florida Panthers leader in points during the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at BB&T Center on January 12, 2020 in Sunrise, Florida. SUNRISE, Fla. – The NHL has announced date and time changes for several Florida Panthers games, including the two games against the Stars that were postponed from this week because of coronavirus concerns within Dallas’ team. The home game against Dallas originally set for Jan. 14 will now be Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. The game that was supposed to be Jan. 15 is now scheduled for May 3 at 7 p.m.Because those two season-opening games were postponed, the Panthers begin the season Sunday at home against Chicago at 7 p.m. For the Panthers’ full schedule, click here.
With Evgenii Dadonov gone, who skates on Panthers top line with Sasha Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau?
SUNRISE, Fla. – As the dust settles following several weeks of trades and free agency signings around the NHL, one thing is apparent in Sunrise; the Florida Panthers have a big vacancy to fill. Who is going to take Evgenii Dadonov’s spot on the Panthers top line? For the past three seasons, nobody has been on the ice with Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau more often than Dadonov. Getting back to the Panthers, Dadonov turned out to be the right fit for Huberdeau and Barkov, and the line thrived as a result. It’s also worth noting that Vatrano has been given looks with Huberdeau and Barkov before, and he did very little with the opportunity.
Islanders eliminate Panthers with 5-1 win in Game 4
TORONTO, ONT Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 5-1 to clinch an NHL best-of-five preliminary round playoff series in four games on Friday. Brock Nelson and Mathew Barzal had a goal and assist each in a game the Islanders never trailed. The 10th-seeded Panthers wound up one-and-done for their fifth consecutive postseason appearance, and eliminated for the second straight time by the Islanders. New York needed six games to eliminate the Panthers in a best-of-seven first-round series in 2016. Florida hasnt won a playoff series since making its first postseason appearance in 1996, when the team reached the Stanley Cup Final only to be swept by Colorado.
Eberle scores 2 in Islanders 4-2 win over Panthers
TORONTO, ONT Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series on Tuesday. The Islanders particularly took advantage of the Panthers' undisciplined play by scoring twice on seven power-play chances. Weve got to play with some composure in those pivotal moments, said Panthers first-year coach and three-time Stanley Cup champion Joel Quenneville. Florida is making its first playoff appearance since 2016, when the Panthers were eliminated by the Islanders in six games. Set up in the left circle, Eberle patiently waited for defenseman Brady Keeper to go down and attempt to block the shot.
Varlamov stops 27 shots, Isles beat Panthers 2-1 in Game 1
TORONTO, ONT Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots and the New York Islanders opened their best-of-five playoff series with a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers on Saturday in the NHLs return following a 4 1/2-month break. Islanders trade deadline addition Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened the scoring re-directing in Derick Brassards centering pass 12 minutes into the game. The Islanders beat Florida for the fifth straight time, dating to the 2018-19 regular season, and continued keeping the high-scoring Panthers in check. NOTES: Panthers Joel Quenneville coached his 216th career playoff game, which ranks second on the all-time list. This is the second playoff meeting after the Islanders eliminated the Panthers in six games of a first-round series in 2016.
Thats a wrap: Panthers conclude postseason training camp, excited for challenge waiting in Toronto bubble
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. After enduring what felt like an eternity without hockey, the now-concluded Florida Panthers postseason training camp went by in the blink of an eye. Even Panthers Head Coach Joel Quenneville couldnt keep a grin from growing under his silver stash when discussing the upcoming expedition. QUICK TURNAROUNDAfter arriving in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, the Panthers wont have much time before getting right back to work. Florida Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville chats with the team during a training camp practice on July 25, 2020. (Florida Panthers)According to Quenneville, every team must give its players at a day off during the first four days in the hub.
Joel Quenneville calls Panthers first training camp practice very positive opening day
Skates cutting into freshly cleaned ice, players laughing and chirping at each other, coaches' voices booming across a mostly empty area. Panthers Coach Joel Quenneville admitted that he was expecting an "OK" practice but was pleasantly surprised with how well the players looked and how much juice they had. Quennevile said Monday's skate was on par with Florida's best practices of the season, which says a lot about the kind of shape that the Panthers players kept themselves in during the pause. "I think the adrenaline from being back on the ice and being with all the guys, it was a great first day back," Panthers center Noel Acciari said. Quenneville said that Panthers goalie coach Robb Tallas was "raving" about how good goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky looked during Monday's practice and that he was impressed with Bob's performance.
While preparing for NHL postseason, Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov becomes part owner of hometown team in Finland
BOCA RATON, Fla. For someone just 24 years old, Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov has amassed quite the list of accomplishments. Barkov, still a few years away from entering what should be the prime years of his career, is already paying it forward in a big, big way. This week Barkov officially became a partial owner in his hometown hockey team, Tappara, as the third-largest shareholder in its parent company of the same name. Barkov made sure to point out that currently, his "whole focus" was on his hockey playing career in Florida and helping the Panthers win the Stanley Cup. That is especially true for Barkov who, despite being a pretty quiet guy overall, will often bring up his desire to reach the postseason and lift the Panthers franchise to championship status.
10 questions facing the Florida Panthers when NHL hockey resumes with 24-team postseason
If thats going to be the Florida Panthers, theyre going to have to answer a few questions first. 1- Which Panthers team will show up? Following a forgettable 5-9-2 stretch that came immediately after the NHL All-Star Game, Florida finally seemed to be getting their act together. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 25, 2020. Keith Yandle, Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman of the Florida Panthers celebrate Boyle's game tying goal against the New York Rangers on November 10, 2019.
Panthers players discuss emotional deadline day following trade of Vincent Trocheck
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Florida Panthers top line left winger Jonathan Huberdeau described an emotional morning in Las Vegas. Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov had a hard time finding the words when asked about Trocheck being gone. Almost every player had come and gone following a post-trade deadline practice at the Arizona Coyotes home rink. From Barkov's perspective, Trocheck was as much a part of the Panthers as the logo on the front of his sweater. "I have good relationships with our players, I'm friendly with them, but bottom line is what's best for the Florida Panthers, and that's why we felt it was necessary to do this.
Hyde: Time for Panthers to wake up or suffer their most disappointing season ever | Commentary
I think before the All-Star break we had fun, Aleksander Barkov said. We played for each other, we battled for each other, we work hard and right now it feels like were not first on the pucks, we dont get there first and all those little things we need to get better at.sun-sentinel.com
Huberdeau has 4-point game, Panthers beat Canadiens 6-5
SUNRISE – Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals in just over 30 seconds and added two assists, and Florida’s top line had a nine-point game as the Panthers beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Sunday night. Aleksander Barkov had two goals and an assist and Mike Matheson added a goal and two assists. The top line of Huberdeau, Barkov and Dadonov notched four goals and five assists. Barkov countered with his second goal of the game at 3:41, tying the score at 3-all. Huberdeau scored twice in a 35-second span for a 5-3 lead.
Top line leads Panthers past Rangers in wild shootout win
Evgenii Dadonov of the Florida Panthers celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers on November 10, 2019. NEW YORK - Vincent Trocheck recorded the shootout winner, and the Florida Panthers beat the New York Rangers 6-5 on Sunday. Kakko gave the Rangers a 4-3 lead when he converted on the man advantage at 7:31 of the second period. First, Barkov tied the game when his wrist shot zipped past Lundqvist at 18:13. The Panthers captain made a nifty deke as Jesper Fast overskated the play, allowing Barkov to release the wrist shot.
Panthers come up short against defensive-minded Islanders 2-1
Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers scores a goal against the New York Islanders on November 09, 2019. NEW YORK - Scott Mayfield scored in the third period, Thomas Greiss stopped 37 shots and the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 Saturday for their 11th win in 12 games. Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Islanders pressed to add to their lead in the scoreless second period, with both goalies making some nice stops. The Panthers outshot the Islanders 14-7 in the first period, including an 8-1 margin over the final 6 1/2 minutes. The Panthers lost a one-goal game in regulation for the first time this season, falling to 3-1-5 in such games.
Bobrovsky, Huberdeau lead Panthers past Red Wings, 4-0
The veteran goalie earned his first shutout with Florida, and Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist as the Panthers cruised to a 4-0 win over the struggling Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. Bobrovsky, who signed with the Panthers as a free agent in the offseason, stopped 22 shots for his 34th career shutout. The Red Wings mounted little offense and were ineffective on defense most of the game. NOTES: Panthers D Anton Stralman got his 200th NHL assist on the first goal by Huberdeau. ... Red Wings D Trevor Daley left in the third period with an undisclosed injury.
Canucks score 5 in first period on way to 7-2 victory over Panthers
Miller had two goals Monday night, including his 100th in the NHL, and Vancouver scored five times in the first period on its way to a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers. The first goal of the game for the 26-year-old Miller marked a milestone, but it wasn't something he was focused on. Traded to Vancouver from Tampa Bay last June, the versatile forward has concentrated instead on making his mark with the Canucks (7-3-1). Bobrovsky made four saves in 13:42 before the 22-year-old Montembeault returned for the second period. Miller's second goal put the Canucks up 6-2 with 29 seconds left in the second.
10 Observations: After 10 games, Panthers progressing nicely in Quenneville's system
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Marcus Pettersson skates past as Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau celebrates with teammates after scoring during the third period on Oct. 22, 2019. With the Florida Panthers reaching the 10-game mark of the season Thursday night in Calgary, it seemed like a good time for a new 10 Observations. Michael Reaves/Getty Images Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers prepares for a face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 08, 2019. Michael Reaves/Getty Images Evgenii Dadonov of the Florida Panthers skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 08, 2019. We'll end this 10 Observations with some knowledge from Florida Panthers playoff legend Bill Lindsay.
Chirping the Cats podcast: Episode 1 - Oct. 5, 2019
SUNRISE, Fla. - Join host David Dwork on the premiere episode of the Chirping the Cats podcast, welcoming Florida Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov and Local 10 sports director Will Manso to preview the season and discuss the big moves made by the team during the offseason, like hiring coach Joel Quenneville and signing goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. SUBSCRIBE TO THE CTC PODCAST - iOS | AndroidCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.