Here is This week’s Florida Panthers organizational update…
The Panthers played three home games this week. On Monday night, they fell to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in a shootout. Evander Kane scored two goals for the Jets. The Panthers battled from behind to tie it at 3 late in the third, but Kane’s second goal came shortly after, sending the game to overtime and a shootout. Andrew Ladd and Kyle Wellwood scored in the shootout, sealing the win for Winnipeg.
Thursday night saw déjà vu, as the Panthers fell in a shootout after coming from behind. This time it was a 3-2 decision with the Chicago Blackhawks as opponents. Patrick Kane scored the clinching goal in the shootout.
The Panthers seemed to right the ship Sunday, scoring three first period goals against their arch rival Tampa Bay Lightning. But Tampa Bay came back to score three in the final two frames, and Dominic Moore’s shootout goal gave the Panthers a bitter taste in their mouth one more time, as they earn three out of six points on the homestand, going 0-0-3.
After Sunday’s game, goalie Scott Clemmensen was recalled from San Antonio (AHL), with Jacob Markstrom being sent to the Rampage in his place.
The Panthers are in Canada for the week. They will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs and red-hot goaltender Ben Scrivens on Tuesday. They then take a trip to central Canada and Winnipeg to take on the Jets. Florida needs wins, and anything less than a three-point week will be seen as a failure. Four points are ideal, but you can never ask for that on the road. They return home on Sunday to take on the Philadelphia Flyers at 5:00 from the BankAtlantic Center.
SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE (AHL)
The Rampage made easy work of the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night 6-1. It was Clemmensen’s return to the net, as he was on a rehab stint after having surgery on his knee during the preseason. Clemmensen stopped 31 of 32 shots. Evgeny Dadonov scored two goals in the win. Bracken Kearns scored the game-winner, and Michel Repik, Joe Devin, and David Marshall also netted goals in the victory. For Devin, it was his first AHL goal in his first game at that level.
San Antonio could not keep up the momentum in game 2 of the weekend Sunday afternoon. Brian Foster got the start in net for their 4-0 loss to their rival Texas Stars. Foster made 29 saves in the loss.
San Antonio embarks on its first out-of-state road trip of the season. They travel to Lake Erie (Cleveland area) to take on the Monsters on Thursday and Friday, before returning home to battle the Stars on Sunday.
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees (CHL)
The Killer Bees topped the Texas Brahmas 1-0 on Friday night. Aaron Lee scored the lone goal in the first period. On Saturday, the Bees handled the Tulsa Oilers 6-1. Lee scored in that game as well. Zac Pearson also had a goal. Thomas Klempa scored two goals, and Jason Dixon and Brandon Campos also tallied goals in the game.
The Bees take on the Allen Americans on Wednesday. They follow up with two more home games against the Arizona Sundogs Friday and Saturday.
CINCINNATI CYCLONES (ECHL)
Anthony Luciani scored two of the opening three goals for the Cyclones, but they fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Chicago Express Friday night at the Sears Center. In the back end of the home-and-home, Cincinnati’s home opener, the Cyclones fell in a shootout once again. Tyler Plante was credited with the shootout losses in both games. He now is 0-0-0-2 since going down from San Antonio.
The two clubs will meet up again in Chicago on Friday night. The Cyclones return home Saturday to take on the Trenton Titans.
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