It’s been a season of steady progress for the Florida Panthers, and that trend continued on Thursday night in Sunrise.
Roberto Luongo has made himself right at home against the Colorado Avalanche. He just needed a little extra time to continue his success against his former rivals.
The Capitals scored on all three shots in the shootout, and Justin Peters made 20 saves in his start this season to lift Washington over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Saturday night.
Steven Stamkos was playing some of his best hockey for the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning when a broken leg in mid-November sidelined him for the next 45 games and the Olympics.
There are reasons to believe that things will be different in Sunrise this season.
The Florida Panthers opened training camp last week and are preparing to play in their first preseason game of the new season on Wednesday night against the Dallas Stars at the BB&T Center.
Florida general manager Dale Tallon would prefer to move past last season, for obvious reasons.
The Panthers crossed another item off their offseason to-do list on Friday, signing defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal. Financial details weren’t released.
The Florida Panthers agreed to terms with centers Dave Bolland and Jussi Jokinen, plus goaltender Al Montoya shortly after hockey’s free agent period started Tuesday.
Jeff Zatkoff was glad to get another chance to face the Florida Panthers. Evgeni Malkin scored a goal and had three assists, and Zatkoff stopped a season-high 39 shots, including 15 in the first period, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Florida Panthers, 5-1 on Saturday night.