Bobrovsky Stops 30 Shots, Panthers Beat Sharks 5-1

Bobrovsky Stops 30 Shots, Panthers Beat Sharks 5-1

December 8th, 2019 SUNRISE, Fla. — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots to win for the second straight night as the Florida Panthers beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 Sunday. Aleksander Barkov, Keith Yandle and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, and Mike Matheson and Brett Connolly also scored to help Florida...
THW's Goalie News: Bobrovsky's Revenge, Hextall's Goal & More

THW's Goalie News: Bobrovsky's Revenge, Hextall's Goal & More

December 8th, 2019 Saturday night saw a pair of All-Star goaltenders do what we expect out of them; one has been doing it all season while the other is looking to get back on track. Also, we take a look back at the first goaltender to score a goal by actually shooting the puck into the net and a big night for the...

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December 1st, 2019
Panthers Goaltending

An unheard of goalie collected a shutout in his NHL debut, and another backup shined as well. We'll look at both in-depth in this today's Goalie News. Driedger Debuts With a Shutout If you want to go from total unknown to budding star in a single evening, debuting in the NHL with a shutout is a good way to do it. That's what Chris Driedger accomplish Saturday with the Florida Panthers, stepping into the role vacated by Samuel Montembeault. https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/status/1200967144806264832?s=20 The Panthers have been desperately searching for answers in net this season. They paid huge money for Sergei Bobrovsky in the offseason, but he has been absolutely dreadful, with a 9-6-4 record and a .884 save percentage (SV%). Montembeault hasn't been much better, going 3-2-1 with a .889 SV% and a 3.31 goals against average, which is why the Panthers sent him to the American Hockey League and took a chance on Driedger. According to George Richards of The Athletic, head...
December 1st, 2019
Florida Panthers

It turns out Florida Panthers forward Brett Connolly’s breakout season wasn’t a fluke. One season after hitting 20 goals for the first time and scoring a career-high 46 points with the Washington Capitals, the 27-year-old is on pace to shatter both marks with his new team. Having just signed a four-year deal, the journeyman Connolly has seemingly found a new home. Connolly an Unusual Suspect Of course, it’s fair to say that the Caps were far more stacked last season after they captured the Stanley Cup then the Cats are now. I mean, the Panthers aren’t without their fair share of firepower with 91 goals so far (101 for the Capitals, for the record). If you run down the list of the Panthers’ scoring leaders, the usual suspects pop up where you would expect. Ex-Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly - (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) First-liners Jonathan Huberdeau, Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov are obviously at the top. Then there’s defenseman Keith...
November 30th, 2019
Nashville Predators

SUNRISE, Fla. — Chris Driedger posted a shutout in his first career start, Anton Stralman scored his first two goals of the season and the Florida Panthers beat the Nashville Predators 3-0 Saturday night. Driedger stopped 27 shots in his first appearance with Florida. The 25-year-old appeared in three games for Ottawa between 2014-17 but had never started in the NHL. He was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Monday after posting an AHL-best .938 save percentage in 14 games. Aleksander Barkov added his eighth goal as the Panthers won for the first time in four games. It was the Predators' first loss in regulation in the past five games. Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (AP Photo/Nick Wass) Juuse Saros stopped 24 shots for Nashville. Stralman scored early in the second period, and the 1-0 lead held until he scored again 8:38 into the third. Stralman, a veteran defenceman with just 49 goals in 775 career games, hadn’t scored since last...
November 29th, 2019
Florida Panthers

As the sun rises and sets on another Thanksgiving, the upstart Florida Panthers can offer plenty of thanks after they finish their pumpkin pie. In second place in the Atlantic Division, the Panthers are in the midst of their best start to a campaign in quite some time, and I mean quite some time. Florida Panthers' Jonathan Huberdeau (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) While their recent three-game skid might put fear in the hearts and minds of those who hope the team will make a run back to relevancy, the optimism should, at this point, be steadfast. Here are four reasons why the Panthers should be tremendously thankful in 2019-20.  Place in the Standings In second in the Atlantic Division, behind the Boston Bruins and a point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, shows the marked improvement of the team. In the two seasons prior, the Panthers had the same sense of optimism and hopefulness that they would be able to reach the playoffs and excel. However, each one was met with a...