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The Cats Are Back Baby! Panthers Win Back To Back Against Last Years Stanley Cup Winner And Finalist

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We’re back baby! Not gonna lie, I was getting nervous for a second. The 12 game win streak needed to end. We were getting out played and out shot towards the tail end of the streak and just won by taking advantage of some lucky opportunities. Once Ekblad got boarded hard in Edmonton my heart sank. That was the moment the streak was gonna end. Win one more and grab a point in OT in Vancouver. Next thing you know we got shut out hard with a 0-6 loss to Calgary. Fall 1-3 to cross town rivals the Lightning while they were on the hottest streak they’ve been on all season climbing their way towards the top of the standings. Edmonton got revenge with a 4-2 win on our own home turf. Luckily with a 3 day resting period in between and a healthy Ekblad back in the line up, we were back. Just peppered Darling with shots in a 4-0 win over defending Stanley Cup champs the Chicago Blackhawks and getting Lu another shut out. Less than 24 hours later Lu strapped on the pads for a night normally meant for Monty but stepped up for a big statement game letting the Atlantic know we’re fighting off any one threatening to take our top spot in the division. We followed the game plan that made us successful, just become offensive monsters getting goals early and never letting up.

Silent 1st period against the Bolts, but the second period was just Panthers feasting time with 4 goals from Huberdeau, Bjugstad, Reilly Smith on a PP, and Vinny Trocheck. All within an 8 minute span we ripped the life out of Tampa. Ballsy move from Quenneville pulling Darling with around 8 minutes left in the 3rd just to try to get some offensive scoring going, but only to be topped by Jon Cooper pulling Bishop with more than 10 minutes left in the 3rd. Cats got a little sloppy in the 3rd giving up a goal on the penalty kill, but good for Campbell who got goals on back to back nights taking the Empty Netter against Tampa. Not gonna lie, it’s nice when Ekblad isn’t the only guy on D to score. Night ended with another win for Lu and the Panthers winning 5-2, winning back to back nights against Stanley Cup finalist with both having sold out crowds, Snap the red hot Lightning’s 7 game win streak, and pushing the gap to 5 points between 1st and 2nd place in the Atlantic. Great weekend overall for Panther Fans.

Coming up next is a game against Toronto tomorrow, which i fully expect coming up with a win, and then we have the All star game break. Now I know Jagr has been pretty against the All star game but all accounts are that he is at least traveling to Nashville to appear. Who knows how much he’ll actually play but people are all whining calling him a cry baby about it. Listen, if you’re 43 years old, playing on a top line, scoring the most goals on a team and have the 2nd most points on a team that’s eagerly pushing to win a Stanley Cup final appearance, You can do whatever the fuck you want. He can tell me he’s gonna spit on me and have sex with my mom for all I care, what ever he needs to keep winning. If you’re 43 and doing as much as him then maybe you have the right to complain but you also don’t have a cup, so really you can’t. Hopefully he plays like 1 minute of 3-on-3 and thats it. Because coming up after the break is what I’ve been waiting for, The Washington Capitals.

I don’t know why or if i’ve ever said this on here but I kinda hate the Capitals. I see A LOT of Caps fans hate on the panthers because of the attendance blah blah blah but in the end, They’ve had a superstar for 10 years now with 0 cups to show for it. Ovechkin’s a monster but still no rings on his finger. Well this year they so far have been consistently the best team in the NHL going 35-8-3 with the league most 73 points. Holtby is 30-5 so far this season. Unbelievable. Last time we played Washington we won 4-1 but it was Gubauer in net for Washington. Well come February 2nd we’re on the road facing the number 1 team, Capitals on the national stage on NBCSN. Haven’t been back to NBC since 2014 where we lost to NJ. Well this is gonna be set to what should be the two top teams in the east battling it out. I need to see Holtby in net. I need the test to see how good we’ll fare and if we do well, hopefully that’s gonna be a look into the Eastern Conference Final because I don’t see Washington missing a step and I don’t think my heart can handle the Panthers not being there this year.

Small side note- A lot of talk about the future of Pirri on this team. I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Gallant scratched him for 3 straight games when the Panthers were on down slump going 0-23 on power plays. I don’t look into it much at all. We obviously have scoring going everywhere but Pirri just has to get hot and itll happen soon. Gallant did the same thing last year and then Pirri was back with 6 goals in 7 games. Towards the end he went on like a 22 point streak in like 25 games. It’ll come back. Don’t see Tallon giving up a guy like him.

 

Looks Like Our Florida Panthers Hockey Team Is Slowly Turning Broward Into Hockeytown, FL!

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It’s worth noting both games were held in Sunrise, with huge nights at the box office (standing room/full sellout on the 2nd; 15,426 on the 3rd against a Western Conference non-factor). A seven-game stretch of consecutive victories heading into the Saturday/Sunday block may have something to do with it, but we’re pleased whatever the reasoning.

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Ohhhh shit. Look like its time to move forward. Onto 2016. No more of South Floria being built on Football and basketball. The Dolphins STUNK this year. Absolute garbage. Marlins, trash. Both teams owned by people not suited to own teams and ended up firing coaches. Heat are still playing good basketball but people need to get over the Lebron era since Wayde is aging. Instead here we have the toast of the town winning 9 straight, top of the division, 2nd in the conference and 5th in the league, Florida Panthers! Do you see those stats and numbers?? We’re going to the playoffs and aint no one gonna stop us! Its gonna be a fleet of drop top ferraris cruising across town on 595 and 95 with the cup for the parade!

All jokes aside, this teams good. Right now one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Despite this though, we’ll just always have the crowd of people joking about attendance numbers. Listen, If Tuscaloosa, Alabama started an NHL franchise and won 2 straight Cups in its 1st years, im pretty sure the attendance would be similar. The South is just a football town first and foremost. It sucks but its true. People gotta realize BB&T isn’t exactly in a metropolitan area where people have high incomes and dead set on going out and spending money. We deal with it. When they’re winning they have a good crowd but even at that, i wouldn’t expect them to sell out the crowd every night with Panthers fans. Not to mention we also have the crowd of people chirping about more Montreal fans when we play them. Listen, we can’t help it that Snow birds want to leave their shitty frozen province for South Florida instead. If they want to catch a game they’re more than welcome but if we stomp a team’s dick like Montreal and the Rangers, then I don’t even want to hear it how theres more so and so fans than Panther fans at the game. Teams like the Caps can laugh all they want and have all the attendance they want but in the end its still all about winning to the players and fans and as it stands they’re in the same place as us. So all people blasting us about attendence still can suck a dick. We’re winning over 25 other teams in this league and that matters more.

Oh We’re Going To The Winter Classic? Better Bring Our Meat Cleaver And Samurai Swords!

 

You know what would spice up this annual sporting event that highlights the tradition of old school hockey outdoors? Not any fan memorabilia of the two historic original six hockey clubs or alcohol or any other tailgating festivities. No i think instead people should bring primitive as fuck weaponry like meat cleavers, samurai swords, and sling shots. Yea that sounds like it would be in tune with the theme of the Winter Classic.

Now you might think im joking, but im not. This was no ordinary Winter Classic. Sure the Bruins were in it before in a little rivalry with Philly being two historically tough teams, but this is The Canadiens we’re talking about. Greatest rivalry in sports. Both teams facing each other over 900 times now with the Bruins usually falling short to Montreal and once that clock ticked down to 0 in the 3rd, you chalked up another L. With these two fan bases both hockey crazy, Im not surprised if someone brought a battle axe to one of the largest NHL events when these two are in it.  That’s what makes rivalries so great, the fans feel the passion and if they both want to carry that passion on through fighting? well that’s just all part of the sport. Just sucks the B’s got blown up by Montreal. In my head i wanted it to be goal for goal matched. Players getting their shit pushed in against the board and the fans going nuts in the stands. Thats what makes the greatest rivalry in sports, the greatest rivalry in sports. Every one wants a taste of the blood. The Players, the coaches, and the fans.

Sidenote- Bitch move with the taser though. The rest are just hardcore.

 

ATTN Ladies: Aaron Ekblad Should Be Your Dream Man (But Stay Off, On The Off Chance Him And I Turn Gay And We Could Have A Chance For Each Other)

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So today I guess Ekblad took a trip to NHL studios and they set him up with a little periscope Q+A. Now normally I would skip these over, but not when it comes to my guy Aaron Ekblad. Now I had been under the assumption all along he was still with Claude Lemieux’s daughter, Claudia. Well I tuned in and boy did my ears perk up when he said he didn’t have a girlfriend. My mans on the open market! Mind went racing. Maybe I’ll hit up downtown Ft. Laudy more? Guy with that good looks has to be hitting up the town right? I can see him and Smith cruising Las Olas looking for tail. But that sounds so superficial. Yea obviously he’s a good looking dude. Guy has swedish blood in him, he was genetically predetermined to look like a model. But guess what? Ekblad is a genius too. I mean did you hear him slip it in a half way through that he was taking courses at Harvard(Yea he didn’t finish any but the fact that he’s trying is like probably the equivalent of getting a Masters at FSU)? Get out of here, Dominic Moore. You aint the only Harvard Alum in the NHL. My boy Aaron Ekblad is a learned man of higher education. So lets break it down: Professional Ice Hockey Defense Man in the NHL, who lives in a condo in Fort Lauderdale (i think) who makes millions, dabbles as a male model for John Varvatos, makes millions, is single, studies at the prestigious Ivy League Harvard University, is of swedish heritage and only NINETEEN years old. My god if i was a woman. I would just whore it out at BB&T with a giant billboard sign off I-75 asking Aaron to please come take me. Might even do it as a guy.

P.s- He could also play baseball at a professional level im pretty sure. Pretty sure that ground ball would’ve slipped Jeter’s glove and I’m pretty sure he hit that second one busted through the studio. Without cleats too.

Double P.S- According to George Richards, we got some details into the new jersey. Link to it here but let me give you the gist. Lot less blue, more red, and deeper gold with maybe a head logo of the Panthers. Gonna have a look similar to the Habs. I’m curious. Gonna be the biggest change since the franchise started and some players apparently think its cool so I’m on board. Kinda thinking with the red and gold it’ll look like the Iron man suit but if it pops on the ice then it pops.

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Apparently the Panthers Victory Song Last Year Was Truffle Butter

Now depending on how you look at this, this was either a great move or an awesome move. To have a victory song be about fucking a chick in the b-hole and then immediately in the vagina till theres a tan residue on your dick from shit and cum mixed together is either a power move or the grossest thing ever. Me personally i dont care for drake and Lil Wayne so truffle butter gets 2 thumbs down for me as the victory song. Now i dont want the panthers to bite The Blackhawk’s flow but their victory song being Old Thing Back Remix last year was maybe the hottest song ever. If someone can sneak that on to Tricky Nickys iPod and have it organically come on, thats totally allowed.

Little Panthers Update Heading Into Training Camp

God i hope this is true. Its absolutely frustrating watching the Panthers play at the pace they play sometimes. Don’t get me wrong they skate their balls off every night. But after the playoffs you see teams like Tampa, Chicago, Anaheim just bring so much speed and brutality and skill. Just things that make it a real physical challenge for the other team. One thing I hate the most is that the fans and maybe play style is too soft. We obviously get no respect as it is being an ice hockey team located next to the god damn everglades but its also in the fans too i think. They’re just to complacent. When I see the crowd its all like older women and maybe its just who i follow on social media but its all women who are like “oh they’re good/ I like so and so player/ omg i can’t believe they didn’t call that!/ we lost but good job!” I want it to be hard nosed. I want Panther fans to be like “fuck you, we’re gonna win.” I need everything to be hard nose and apply pressure every damn game. No more being soft.

In other news Huberdeau has resigned for 2 years. Gonna be fun to see them resign him and Ekblad in 2017 but Im almost sure they’ll find a way to keep these young guys especially these two Calder winners. Hopefully Huberdeau has a great year which I’m expecting playing on the same line as Jagr and Barkov.

So far it seems the only spots left open for people to compete for are RW on the 3rd with Jokinen and Bolland and wings for the fourth centered by MacKenzie. Trocheck I’m kind of expecting to make the roster just because he’s proven to through 50 games with the cats notching 22 points last season. The others that are in the fight are Rocco Grimaldi, who’s a close 2nd for me because i see him as a tiny mousey scrappy player and i just like that kind of guy. Quinton Howden I haven’t heard much or seen much form him at al along with Connor Brickley because they haven’t had any NHL time. As For Lawson Crouse I don’t think he’ll make the roster just yet this year maybe we’ll have him called up a few games but I’m not expecting him to really make the team just yet. As for David Booth, he definitely dropped in production over the years from his glory days as a Panther so im leaning towards not expecting him to make the cut but he is a hard worker so maybe put him with a young team can revitalize and maybe put that work ethic to good use.

Expectation this year- Playoff bubble.