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Frank Vatrano building reputation as ‘Mr. Clutch’ for Florida Panthers



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Florida Panthers forward Frank Vatrano is tied for third on the team with 14 goals — but 11 of them have come in the third period or later with five being game-winners. That has earned him a reputation as being ‘Mr. Clutch.’ // Photo by Roger Topalian, 21st Century Photography (561) 488-0000

Joel Quenneville was on the Joe Rose Show Wednesday morning and the Florida Panthers coach was asked what nickname he would give Frank Vatrano.

He said he likes “Frank The Tank,’’ from the Will Farrell character in ‘Old School,’ but there is one which really seems to fit.

“You can call him ‘Mr. Overtime’ or ‘Mr. Clutch’,” Quenneville said.

“That was a great shot and he has scored some big goals for us. Those extra points add up and he has helped keep us in that race we’re in right now.”

This season, Vatrano has indeed been ‘Mr. Clutch’ for the Panthers.

On Tuesday night, Vatrano got his fifth game-winning goal and third in overtime as he teed off on a pass from Gus Forsling to beat the Stars 3-2.

Of his 14 goals this season — which is third-best on the team — 11 of them have come in the latter stages of games.

Vatrano’s 11 goals scored in the third period or OT is tied for the league league.

The guy digs scoring goals, especially meaningful ones.

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