While the Florida Panthers continue fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, their opponent on Thursday night has a similar battle ahead of them.
The Chicago Blackhawks lost Patrick Kane to an injury in the first period and then blew a two-goal lead before escaping with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
The Minnesota Wild acquired Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim on Tuesday in exchange for a 2016 third-round draft choice.
The Florida Panthers will face a very tough test as they wrap up their 5-game road trip.
A flurry of shots by the Panthers didn’t faze the Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury, who stopped 34 of them. Along with his defensive prowess, Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin each picked up two goals and an assist, helping the Penguins to a 5-1 win over Florida on Sunday night.
The Florida Panthers will try to bounce back from their tough loss in Ottawa on Saturday against a team that has been dealing with a similar struggle to score goals.
The Florida Panthers had a chance to pass Boston for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference on Saturday. Instead the Cats lost 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators.
Off to a strong start on their five-game trip, the Florida Panthers remain cautiously optimistic while trying to move into playoff position.
Dave Bolland scored in the sixth round of the shootout, sending the Florida Panthers to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.
The Panthers coach joined Joe to talk about the team’s playoff push.
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