Driedger gets third shutout as Panthers beat Lightning 4-0
Chris Driedger stopped 30 shots to record his third shutout of the season, Juho Lammikko scored a short-handed goal, and the Florida Panthers secured home-ice advantage for the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the regular season finale for both clubs.
Vatrano’s OT goal pushes Panthers past Blue Jackets 5-4
Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers is congratulated by Radko Gudas after beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in a shootout at Nationwide Arena on January 26, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. COLUMBUS, Ohio – Frank Vatrano scored 2:48 into overtime, Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and the Florida Panthers beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 to sweep a two-game series. The Panthers scored three straight goals in the third period to erase a 4-1 deficit before Vatrano tipped in a rebounded shot from Jonathan Huberdeau to win it. Patric Hornqvist, Ryan Lomberg, Owen Tippett and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers, who have won four of five. Columbus has lost three straight and six of eight.
Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup
Rewind to 2019 and early 2020 and that description fits the Tampa Bay Lightning, who added some grit and toughness to their talented core and went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Lightning effect was clear as soon as NHL free agency opened. “You need guys that are going to have a little bit of sandpaper. “We maybe have taken a little bit of a step back from the most skillful lineup we’ve ever had to more of a balance between the will and the skill," Poile said. We certainly have a little bit more physicality, a little bit more grit and I think it’s probably and hopefully a better mix than we had last year.”___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Chirping the Cats podcast: Episode 25 - 2020 Free Agency Class
SUNRISE, Fla. – Episode 25 of the Chirping the Cats podcast is all about the handful of new additions made by the Florida Panthers during the first week of free agency. We hear from new Panthers players Markus Nutivaara, Radko Gudas, Carter Verhaeghe, Alexander Wennberg and Vinny Hinostroza, as well as general manager Bill Zito, as they talk about the process of a crazy offseason that landed each of them in South Florida. SUBSCRIBE TO THE CTC PODCAST - iOS | Android1:20 Markus Nutivaara4:35 Radko Gudas9:05 Carter Verhaeghe13:05 Alexander Wennberg18:35 Vinny Hinostroza
NHL Free Agency: Panthers embracing roots of successful 90s squad, signing several players with mix of grit and skill
SUNRISE, Fla. – The first six hours of the NHL’s free agency signing period were quite busy for the Florida Panthers. When the signing period opened at noon on Friday, Zito was one of the first GM’s to make a move. He’s a leader, he plays the game the right way, (and he’s) a very smart defender. We’re thrilled to have those guys on board.”Do you think teams are taking a cue from Tampa Bay after they were swept by Columbus in 2019 and adding some toughness to their skill? I think he’s ready to do that, and I think he’s excited.”Do you expect to add any goaltending depth?