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Florida Panthers select Michael Matheson with 23rd overall pick in 2012 NHL Draft


With the 23rd overall pick, the Florida Panthers selected Michael Matheson. 

In terms of skating defensemen, few in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft are valued as highly as Matheson. The 6-foot-1, 180 pound Matheson finished with 11 goals and 16 assists in 53 games for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Due to his intentions to play at Boston College next year, Matheson will be a prospect who most likely will come to fruition in the future.

The 18-year old blueliner will most likely add a solid top-notch prospect to a system with the ability to shut down the opposition one-on-one.

Despite struggling at times with consistency in Dubuque, Matheson&rs...

Jersey showdown: Devils face elimination by Panthers on Tuesday

The Florida Panthers weren't expected to be contenders in this year's playoffs. The team had been completely overhauled last summer under their still-new-car-smell GM; they had a new coach who was going to have his first year as an NHL coach. So long as the team climbed out of the league basement, anything else was gravy.

Yet they have pushed the NJ Devils to the brink of elimination in the first round.

The Devils have one of the defining goalies of the NHL in their net: Martin Brodeur, a goalie who is so good that the league changed the rules because of him - the implementation of the trapezoid, which came to be known as the "Brodeur rule". The las...

Panthers drop first playoff game to the Devils, 3-2 in regulation

The Florida Panthers may have been a little overexcited to be in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years - 12 years to the day that they last went to the playoffs, in fact. At least, that's what their first-period play looked like, and they had relatively little offensive against the Devils.

New Jersey put up 26 SOG against Jose Theodore - who gave up 3 goals - while the Panthers didn't even break double digits. The first was Patrik Elias at 6:31; the second was a power play goal by Dainius Zubrus at 14:11, and the third was Ryan Carter at 14:56. The Devils pounded Theodore and nailed the Panthers into their own zone for large stretches at a time. The 26 SOG is a ne...

Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils open their series in Sunrise tonight

April 13th carries a lot of history for Kevin Dineen, coach of the Florida Panthers. It was on this day in 1997 that he scored the last goal in Hartford Whalers history. A good goal it was, too - the game-winner in a 2-1 game vs the Tampa Bay Lightning. Dineen, who was captain of the team, also became the first captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, and he scored the first goal for the 'Canes. So April 13th is a bittersweet day in Hartford hockey history.

Tonight, Kevin Dineen will be in the playoffs. But this time, he's going to be there in his first year as a head coach in the NHL, as the head coach of the Florida Panthers, who will be in their first playoff game since 2...

Panthers clinch playoff spot for first time since 2000

Everybody was making jokes at the Panthers' expense last summer. There were the Dale Tallon jokes, with the Florida GM filling out the roster with great speed, and sizeable contracts. As free agency opened, the league looked on in awe as Florida announced signing after signing. There was the roster, filled with players that most hockey fans across the league were ready to dismiss as a laughable collection of misfits who didn't seem to fit in anywhere else. By the time training camp opened, half the roster had been turned over, and the team was being led by a first-year NHL coach.

Most people thought the Panthers would be lucky if they could claw themselves a few spots h...

Flyers Comeback Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to Panthers

The Flyers were unable to come back from 2-0 for the third straight game on Tuesday night against the surging Florida Panthers.

Caps unleash fury, dominate Cats 4-0

When the Washington Capitals unleash the fury magical things happen...13 seconds into the game. 

That magic 13 seconds into the battle for first in the Southeast division on Tuesday night was Matthieu Perreault's fifth goal in his past six games and ninth of the season to help the host Caps blitzkrieg the Florida Panthers early on. 

Alex Ovechkin made his presence felt all night, notching  his first multi-goal effort for the since December 31st. Ovie's first tally was a beauty off the rush and from the left circle where he makes his money, he slipped a wrist shot through the legs of Scott Clemmensen for his 21st goal of the season. His second t...

It's called a "Playoff game," Caps host Cats

Caps coach Dale Hunter is calling it a playoff game. You know what that means. 



UNLEASH THE FURYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caps fall to Panthers 4-2, fall to second in Southeast

Playing in the second of back-to-back games, the Washington Capitals looked out of gas on Wednesday night, the Florida Panthers took full advantage. 

Florida used three third period tallies to break a 1-1 tie after two periods to take the battle for first place in the Southeast 4-2 over Washington on Wednesday night in Sunrise. 

Mikael Samuelsson scored twice for the Panthers, who took a one-point lead over the visiting Capitals in the division. Stephen Weiss added a third period and Shawn Matthias' empty net goal capped the evening for the surprising Panthers. 

Despite playing the previous night into overtime in Tampa Bay, the Caps had a chance t...

Flyers Break Shootout Win Drought, Take Down Panthers 3-2

The Flyers have finally broken the shootout victory drought.

In a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night, Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t allow the opposing team a goal in the shootout, and Claude Giroux scored the winner on his team’s second attempt.

It was the fourth game this season, and the second in a row, where the outcome of a Flyers game was decided in the shootout.

As he has in so many games this season, Sergei Bobrovsky came up big in this one.