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FHN TODAY: Florida Panthers Get a Day Off in Las Vegas



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Nevada’s Statue of Liberty stands watch outside the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas wearing a really, really big Golden Knights jersey. — Photo @GeorgeRichards

The Florida Panthers got the second half of their season off to an interesting start as they took a three-goal lead into the third period against the Colorado Avalanche.

And … Matthew Tkachuk got the Panthers a 5-4 win by scoring with 3:30 remaining.

As they say, a win is a win and now the Panthers turn their focus toward their next opponent.

Ah, who are we kidding?

With a day off in Las Vegas, the only time the Panthers may think about the Golden Knights is if they see a Blackjack dealer wearing one of those fancy jerseys.

And, yes, that’s a thing.

UPDATE: The Panthers scheduled an optional practice at the arena for Wednesday afternoon, so there will be some hockey going on today.

The Panthers have never won a game in Vegas, going 0-3-1 against the Knights in Nevada with Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith usually enjoying their games against their former team.

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Tkachuk came up big for the Panthers — again — as he scored with 10 seconds left in the power play to give Sergei Bobrovsky the lead back for good.

The Panthers have now won three of their past four and are 2-1-0 on this road trip.

— Jimmy Murphy goes ‘Off The Record’ and reports the Coyotes may move Jakob Chychrun sooner than later. The Panthers would love to bring him home.

— The Panthers came out pretty strong against the Avs on Tuesday, scoring three goals (Sasha Barkov, Brandon Montour and Sam Bennett) in the opening period with Tkachuk making it 4-1 late in the second.

Spencer Knight was placed on Injured Reserve on Tuesday with an undisclosed injury. Alex Lyon was called up from Charlotte.

— More postgame video from Tuesday night up on the FHN YouTube Channel from Maurice, Bennett and Montour.

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It was too little, too late for the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night as some team from Florida with some guy who used to play in Calgary pulled out a win.

The Panthers handed Colorado its sixth loss in the past seven games — but it certainly did not come easily.

— The Calgary Flames, like the Panthers, gave up a big lead on Tuesday. They ended up losing to the Blues.

— The Detroit Red Wings tied a season-high for goals and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sam Ersson was terrific in Buffalo and may give John Tortorella another option in net.

— What goes into the Washington Capitals elaborate tunnel routine?

— The San Jose Sharks went to Tempe and took care of business.

— The Pittsburgh Penguins came home and got a tough win against the Canucks.



  • When: Thursday, 10 p.m.
  • Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida; ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Split 1-1
  • All-time regular season series: Vegas leads 5-2-1
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Saturday vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.

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