Noel Acciari gets hat trick as Panthers beat Predators 6-2
Noel Acciari 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. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Noel Acciari scored three goals for his third career hat trick, and the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 6-2 for their second straight victory. Acciari, who began the day with no points in 14 games this season, scored twice in a three-goal second period as the Panthers took the lead for good. He finished off the hat trick with an unassisted goal with 3:02 left. Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist as the Panthers improved to 8-1-1 on the road this season.
Panthers ‘Swiss Army knife’ Noel Acciari out 7-10 days with upper-body injury
Alex DeBrincat of the Chicago Blackhawks battles for control of the puck with Noel Acciari of the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on January 17, 2021 in Sunrise, Florida. Coach Q said Panthers forward Noel Acciari was not with the team on the road and would miss 7-10 days with an upper-body injury. It’s a tough break for Florida’s lineup to lose a player who fills so many roles on the team. If there is an important faceoff in the defensive zone, odds are its Acciari on the ice taking the draw. After leaving Tampa, the Panthers will play at Carolina on Wednesday before heading to Detroit for a back-to-back set with the Red Wings on Friday and Saturday.
Panthers 56-game schedule released, begins Jan. 14 against Dallas at BB&T Center
Florida Panthers' Noel Acciari celebrates with MacKenzie Weegar and Jonathan Huberdeau after scoring a goal against the Dallas Stars, Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. SUNRISE, Fla. – The NHL’s condensed schedule for the 2020-21 season was released on Wednesday, and as expected, it looks a little different. For the Florida Panthers, that means getting quickly acquainted with several new division rivals. Bunched together are two-game sets against each divisional opponent, starting on Jan. 14 and 15 with back-to-back home games against the Dallas Stars to open the season. That’s basically how the entire 56-game schedule is laid out for the Panthers, which can be seen below:Florida Panthers 20-21 schedule.
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.
In their own words: 10 training camp topics told through voice of Florida Panthers players
BOB N ARTEMIOne of the first players to be summoned to the daily Zoom calls was goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Conversations seemed to gravitate more towards curiosity than concern, with several Panthers players discussing what they're going to bring to help pass the time. Once the offseason hits, Florida will have some decisions to make as several key players will be hitting the open market. I'm going to play and do my job. Obviously, I'm going to do my part and I have to be my best here.
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.
Florida Panthers regular season superlatives: MVP, biggest surprise and more
Lot of goals, lot of production. Aaron Ekblad Ekblad had the best defensive season of his career while carrying tons of responsibility, often matched up against the oppositions top scorers. Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky and Aaron Ekblad celebrate the team's 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. It wasnt a bad year by any stretch, but this was a season Ekblad and Matheson were expected to each take big steps forward in their respective careers. Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson skates against the Montreal Canadiens, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.
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.
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.
Quenneville showing faith in Panthers' fourth line, and it's paying off
This sequence by Noel Acciari and the fourth line was a thing of beauty. #FlaPanthers pic.twitter.com/BnIn9TVd1a David Dwork (@DavidDwork) October 6, 2019"It was a huge goal," Quenneville said. In recent years, it had been Sceviour who provided a scoring boost to the fourth line. It's what is unique about this version of Florida's fourth line: There is a (relative) ton of offensive skill to go with the built-in defensive responsibility. Just looking at even-strength minutes, the fourth line combined to play 37:52 Saturday night against Tampa, while the third line, comprised of Frank Vatrano, Henrik Borgstrom and Jayce Hawryluk, was on the ice for just 30:41.