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Blackhawks beat Phoenix in shootout; re-acquire Kris Versteeg from FLA

Thursday night's game versus the Coyotes was certainly very entertaining.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring early, with Brandon Saad shoveling in a rebound at 2:37 in the first. Patrick Sharp would follow that up with a power play goal less than four minutes later to make it 2-0 Chicago.

Phoenix would break on to the score sheet just 41 seconds later, when a shot by Michael Stone was accidentially tipped by Chicago's Brandon Pirri to make it 2-1. The Coyotes would tie up the game with a power play goal by Shane Doan.

Marian Hossa scored to make it 3-2 Blackhawks, 5:05 into the second period. Chicago held on to the lead for most of the third until L...

Flyers Look to Warm Up in Florida

Riding off a huge 2-1 win over the Rangers, the Flyers want to keep rolling as they travel to Florida for the weekend. They start things off with the Panthers tonight at 7:30 PM.

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...

Clawing Apart, Isles Lose 4-1 To Panthers

The New York Islanders went into today's game looking to complete a back-to-back sweep on the weekend, taking a total of four points to increase their hopes of a playoff berth for the first time in a long time. But the Isles would end up losing 4-1 to the Florida Panthers, putting a dent into their never ending climb up the standings.

The loss keeps them eight points out of the playoffs; not an impossible number to climb, but one that seems to grow larger with every loss, especially against opponents like the Panthers who are looking to accomplish the same goal.

Frans Nielsen would get things started with an early goal assisted by P.A. Parenteau and Andrew MacDonald. Nielsen wisely cut across the neutral zone to be met by a perfect pass from Parenteau. He would then walk in and snipe one over Jose Theodore's glove to give his team the early lead. Despite the early goal, the Panthers would establish plenty of pressure in the Isles end of the ice and answer back towards the end of the period. (Photo Credit: Cassie Madonia/Flickr)

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.

Banged Up Flyers Face Florida Panthers Leading Into The All-Star Break

The Philadelphia Flyers (28-14-5) head down to Florida to face the Florida Panthers tonight in what will be their last game before the All-Star break.

The break could not come soon enough for the Flyers as several players have been banged up recently and the seven days off should give some of these players time to heal physically and mentally.

Blackhawks vs Panthers: a little friendly competition

 

Tonight, when the puck drops for the Blackhawks vs. the Panthers, the last of the players who was traded away (and still plays in the NHL) who helped earn the Stanley Cup banner that hangs in the rafters will get their first turn at playing under it.

Kris Versteeg was a popular player while in Chicago, but the post-Cup salary cap purge sent him to Toronto. From there, he would be traded to Philadelphia, and then on to Florida. He was the last of the Cup winners to play against the Blackhawks and had to wait until this season to do it - a November 3 Chicago shootout win at Sunrise. And particularly in light of his current season, where he is one of the Panthers'...

Flyers Look to Cage Panthers

Finally, the Flyers are back in action tonight at 5 p.m. as they take on the Panthers in Florida.

Larry has what you need to know about today's game and gives the readers some questions to answer. Give it a read and give us your comments!

The Blackhawks' early view atop the Western conference

The week ahead for the Chicago Blackhawks is going to be a trial-by-fire before they hit the road for their annual "Circus Trip", the two-week road trip that marks every November. It kicks off with the first of two season games against the Florida Panthers (the second will be on United Center ice in late January), followed by a game at Tampa Bay, then it's back home for the first matchup of the season against the Vancouver Canucks.

In light of the trade moves made by Chicago and the free agency signings by Florida this summer, Thurday's Blackhawks-Panthers matchup in Sunrise is a game that many fans on both sides of the ice ...