Crosby, Guentzel lead Pens past Islanders, back to playoffs
Jake Guentzel scored twice, Sidney Crosby also had a goal and the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a playoff berth for the 16th straight season with a 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Guentzel scored his 36th and 37th goals and Crosby his 29th as the Penguins extended the longest active postseason streak among teams in major North American professional sports. Danton Heinen equaled a career high with his 16th goal, while Kris Letang and Brock McGinn also scored for Pittsburgh, which tied Calgary for the seventh-longest playoff streak in the NHL since 1967.news.yahoo.com
US colleges mull new virus protocols for students’ return
By November, a total of 76 of the roughly 1,400 students on campus had tested positive, the school said. When students come back for the spring semester, St. Michael’s will begin testing them weekly. The college may also require students to move to a separate residence hall when they are told to quarantine. Schools that are bringing students back are adjusting testing protocols, introducing new screenings, and eliminating spring breaks to discourage students from traveling to help keep campuses open. In the spring semester, Colby College in Maine wants to add some rapid antigen tests to twice-weekly tests for students, faculty and staff.
Despite rough start, Quennevilles Panthers havent waivered in belief that success lies ahead
TORONTO There has been a quiet confidence brewing among the Florida Panthers during the team's ten days inside the Toronto bubble. "We just wanted to play a simpler game and a harder game," veteran center Brian Boyle said Wednesday. "You can't dwell on what happened in those first two games," Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said. "It was a big game for us, a big game mentally," said Bob. After the game, Quenneville didn't seem overly concerned about Huberdeau's status for Game 4, but you wouldn't expect a veteran coach like Q to give away any information that would potentially help his opponent.
Panthers avoid elimination, beat Islanders 3-2 in Game 3
The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL's Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson, with 1:27 remaining, scored for the Islanders, the East's seventh seed. The Panthers scored first for the second straight game, with Haulas power-play goal 4:02 into the second period. NOTES: The game was Panthers first as the home team since 4-1 win against Montreal at Florida on March 7. The Islanders made no lineup changes from Game 2, while Panthers D Mike Matheson was scratched after picking up four of the Panthers 10 minor penalties this series.
Quenneville after Panthers 5-0 exhibition loss: If that doesnt get you excited, youre in trouble
The Florida Panthers one and only chance for a tune-up game was a blur of missed opportunities and defensive zone coverage that left something to be desired. Even with the awful result on Wednesday, it hasn't cost the Panthers a single inch in the Qualifying Round. MATHESONS NIGHTMARE AFTERNOONDefenseman Mike Matheson may have played himself out of a roster spot in Saturday's Qualifying Round opener against the Isles. On Saturday comes Game 1 of the best-of-five Qualifying Round series against the New York Islanders at Scotiabank Arena. Puck drops on the Panthers postseason party at 4 p.m.
Playoff veteran Brian Boyle could be X-factor for Panthers during postseason
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. When the Florida Panthers added NHL veteran Brian Boyle to the roster back in October, nobody really batted an eye. Brian Boyle, a two-time Stanley Cup finalist with 114 playoff games under his belt, was signed by a young, inexperienced Panthers franchise desperate to break through to the next level. He's really responsible, he can play the wing, he's got speed and he's good on draws. He's been good to play with; he's been good to be around, and I think he's been good for our group. If all goes according to plan, Boyle, Connolly and the rest of the Panthers will be away from South Florida for two months.
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.
Inspirational tools: Panthers players open up about what motivates them before taking the ice
"I think the guys here do a good job of having a good variety of music before the game," said Panthers winger Brett Connolly. Just the game day itself, Barkov said. You wake up, its a game day. Obviously, theres some routines you do during the game day, those things remind you that you have a game tonight and you have to be ready. Then you come to the rink, you see these guys getting ready for the game, its like, contagious.
Dadonov scores 2 as Panthers beat Rangers 4-3
Josh Brown #2 of the New York Rangers pursues Brendan Lemieux #48 of the Florida Panthers. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)Evgenii Dadonov scored twice to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-3 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Mike Hoffman and Brett Connolly also scored, and Jonathan Huberdeau and Keith Yandle each had three assists for the Panthers. Hoffman and Dadonov scored power-play goals at 2:05 and 6:50, respectively, giving the Panthers scores on the man advantage in nine straight games. However, the Rangers tied it both times, first with Strome's sixth goal at 2:39 and Panarin's ninth at 8:47.
Quenneville's Panthers progressing nicely, looking to end road trip on high note
Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville handles bench duties during the first period against the New York Islanders on October 12, 2019. DENVER - The finish line of a long and daunting road trip is in sight. Joel Quenneville and his Florida Panthers are almost done with an October schedule to forget. But first things first, and that's ending an extremely tough road trip on a positive note. "Knowing that we have a chance to have a good road trip, especially on a tough road trip with tough travel, I think for us to come out and start early and start fast is big for us."
Panthers beat Oilers 6-2
EDMONTON, Alberta - Brian Boyle and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers scored three goals in just over two minutes to open the second period in a 6-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Aaron Ekblad, Noel Acciari, Evgenii Dadonov and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida. The Panthers improved to 5-2-4, earning at least a point in eight straight games. James Neal and Leon Draisaitl scored for the Oilers. The Panthers put nine shots on Oilers goalie Mike Smith as Edmonton sent seven shots on Florida starter Sergei Bobrovsky.
Chirping the Cats podcast: Episode 3 - Oct. 26, 2019
SUNRISE, Fla. - On this episode of the Chirping the Cats podcast, host David Dwork sits down for an extended chat with Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson. Dave also takes a look at the progress being made by the Panthers as the team continues learning new head coach Joel Quenneville's defensive system, and he also gets into the signing of veteran forward Brian Boyle, and what it means for Florida's roster. SUBSCRIBE TO THE CTC PODCAST - iOS | Android:25 Cats season off to a decent start, much better than recent years1:20 Team overall consistency improving2:00 Zone exits must be cleaned up3:25 Denis Malgin earning a permanent spot? 5:10 MacKenzie Weegar's ascension continues7:45 Aleksander Barkov is fine9:45 Brian Boyle signing11:30 Mike Matheson interviewCopyright 2019 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.
Huberdeau leads Panthers over Penguins
SUNRISE, Fla. - Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist to lift the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Denis Malgin had a goal and an assist, and Noel Acciari, and Frank Vatrano also scored goals for the Panthers. Leading 2-1, Huberdeau stretched the Panthers lead to 3-1 when he deflected a shot from Anton Stralman with 6:18 left in the third. The Penguins closed to 3-2 on Hornqvist's goal.with 5:35 left, but Vatrano's empty-net goal with 1:03 left made the score 4-2. Panthers: Visit the Calgary Flames on ThursdayCopyright 2019 The Associated Press.
Panthers add depth, sign veteran center Brian Boyle to one-year deal
Brian Boyle of the New Jersey Devils skates against the New York Islanders on November 23, 2018. CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - The Florida Panthers added some forward depth Sunday, signing veteran Brian Boyle to a one-year, one-way deal. Last season, Boyle split 73 games between New Jersey and Nashville, finishing with 24 points, including 18 goals. Boyle, a 12-year veteran of the NHL, brings tons of experience to Florida's young roster. "With over 700 games played in the NHL and over 100 more in the playoffs, Brian brings a wealth of experience to our club," said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon.