The final Panthers Report of 2011 will be brief, with many teams enjoying the holidays off and the World Juniors taking over the amateur landscape. Look for a Panthers World Juniors recap to come later on this week, but Jonathan Huberdeau has already made some noise, scoring a goal and adding 4 assists in Team Canada’s 8-1 victory over Finland Monday afternoon.
“You watch him on the ice and he’s always in the right position.He doesn’t need to be the fastest guy or have the hardest shot. He thinks the game so well,” rookie Defenseman Erik Gudbranson said.
With that in mind, onto the Panthers Report:
THE WEEK THAT WAS:
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THE WEEK TO COME:
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The Panthers went 0-2-1 this week. On Tuesday they fell to the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1, as Stephen Weiss had a Penalty shot that stopped just inches from the goal line with under a minute remaining in the game. After that game, the Panthers hit the road, and traveled to Ottawa. They fell on Thursday 4-3 in overtime, as the Panthers battled back multiple times after Weiss was lost due to injury early in the game. Ottawa’s Bobby Butler scored the winning goal 2:02 into the extra session. Florida looked to go into the Christmas break on a high but instead fell to rock bottom, losing to the Bruins in Boston 8-0, their worst shutout loss in franchise history.
The rested, but still injured, Florida Panthers return to the ice tomorrow to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. After two days off, the red-hot New York Rangers come to town on December 30, before a “home” game against the Montreal Canadiens on New Years Eve.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (AHL):
San Antonio had the week off for the holiday.
The Rampage return to action tonight in Houston as they take on the Aeros. Tomorrow, the Texas-two-step continues as they are in Austin to take on the Texas Stars. It’s back home Friday for the Rampage, as they host the Houston Aeros. A short trip follows Saturday, as they head up to Oklahoma City and battle the Barons.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY KILLER BEES (CHL):
Rio Grande Valley split the home-and-home with the Allen Americans. They finally got a Wednesday as they topped the Amerks 4-3 in a shootout. David Marshall, Aaron Lee, and Dan Gendur scored in the shootout. Marshall also scored in the game Friday in Allen but the Bees fell 7-3.
The Bees will spend new years in Phoenix as they face the Arizona Sundogs Friday, Saturday of this week, and next Wednesday.
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (ECHL):
Cincinnati finds themselves on a three game win streak, as they won both contests this week. AJ Jenks had two goals, Anthony Luciani had two helpers, and Garrett Wilson added a tally in their 5-1 victory over the Kalamazoo Wings on Wednesday night. Brian Foster stopped 13 out of 14 shots, including a penalty shot, in the win. Jenks scored and added an assist again in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Chicago Express. Luciani equaled Jenks’ effort and Mathieu Aubin also had a goal. Wilson added a helper in the game and foster stopped 27 out of 30 shots to get the win in back-to-back games.
The Cyclones will take on the Wings at home on Tuesday, before traveling to Toledo for a Friday night contest with the Walleye.