The Florida Panthers made a trade before the holiday roster freeze took hold on Monday night by being part of a three-team deal involving Detroit and Anaheim.
The Panthers on the current roster then found themselves down 4-0 in Boston early in the second period before making a game of it.
The Panthers now come home for a couple of days, playing host to the New Jersey Devils before going back to the northeast to play the Islanders on Friday night.
Then, we break.
FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW
The Panthers scored three goals within a span of 5:20 in the second period to close to within a goal in Boston.
Boston took advantage of some rust on Spencer Knight, got a pair of goals from Patrice Bergeron in the third and rolled the Panthers 7-3.
Smith, who has played in 85 NHL games over the past four seasons, was assigned to Charlotte.
— Goalie Andrew Hammond announced his retirement on Monday in a Twitter post, saying an ankle injury sustained while with Montreal never healed right and kept him from playing at a high level.
Hammond was reportedly headed to training camp with the Panthers on a PTO but this injury information sheds more light on why he did not.
Florida brought in J-F Berube instead.
— Postgame reactions from Paul Maurice, Carter Verhaeghe and Matt Kiersted is up on the FHN YouTube Channel.
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NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW
Taking a look at Monday’s game from the Boston Bruins side of things.
They liked the way things looked, by the way.
— Elias Lindholm played a big role in the Calgary Flames win in San Jose.
— The Washington Capitals rallied after a slow start to beat Detroit.
FLORIDA PANTHERS ON DECK
NEW JERSEY DEVILS AT FLORIDA PANTHERS
- When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
- Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
- National TV: TNT
- Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM 2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
- Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
- Season Series (Florida leads 1-0): Panthers 4, Devils 2 (Dec. 17)
- Last season: Florida won 2-1
- All-time regular season series: Devils lead 56-34-7, 7 ties
- Up Next for the Panthers: Friday at New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m.