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FHN Today: Sir Sid, Penguins Drop Florida Panthers Again



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SUNRISE, Fla. — The Penguins did it to the Florida Panthers once again on Thursday night.

Perhaps this is the revenge of Tom Barrasso and the 1996 Eastern Conference finals.

Sidney Crosby helped lead the Penguins to yet another win over the Panthers, recording his 60th point with two assists in his 45th game against Florida.

Pittsburgh beat the Panthers 4-2 at FLA Live Arena, extending its winning streak to seven games.

Against the Panthers, the Penguins have now gone 14-4-4 since 2014 with points in 18 of the past 22 meetings.

That is pretty good.


The Panthers took a 1-0 lead into the second period on Thursday night but a couple goals in the second was all the Penguins would need.

Pittsburgh scored twice on their power play and also a shorty from Kris Letang as they beat the Panthers again.

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Last year, Florida won its season-opener against Pittsburgh but lost twice up in western Pennsylvania.

— Florida was without Matthew Tkachuk on Thursday as the team’s leading scorer was out with whatever it is the team is going through right now.

It’s a non-Covid illness, we have been told that. But it continues to roll through the Panthers’ room.

— The Panthers knew this one was not going to be easy.

— The FHN YouTube Channel has plenty of postgame from Paul Maurice, Ryan Lomberg and Carter Verhaeghe.

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had a scary moment when Evgeni Malkin knocked in a Crosby shot with his right knee and had to be helped off the ice.

It does not sound serious, which is good.

The Penguins, in case you had not heard, are playing pretty great hockey this year. And they beat the Panthers.

— A bad minute did the Washington Capitals in against Dallas.

— The Philadelphia Flyers beat Florida’s next opponent, but Kevin Hayes was benched for the third against the Devils.

Cole Caufield scored twice, but the Montreal Canadiens lost to a bad Anaheim team. Dig those Expos’ Reverse Retros.

Chris Tanev should be OK after taking a shot to the head, but the Calgary Flames need him back.



  • When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Prudential Center, Newark
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida; ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM 2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • Last season: Florida won 2-1
  • All-time regular season series: Devils lead 56-33-7, 7 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Monday at Boston Bruins

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Paul Kelley

The Panthers have regressed. Ekblad got beat on the shorty. His overall play has been average at best. Granted there was no Tkachuk last night but they have to be able to win at home without him.


You are correct. Ekblad is a liability on the ice. Either he is still hurt (which why play him then, we were doing BETTER without him) or all of the injuries over the past few years have caused him to regress this much. I think it is a bit of both, but I hope we can trade him and get something in return.

victor bagnato

We were doing better without Barkov and Eckblad! This team looks shot mentally .Maybe the Panthers should have a scavenger hunt for 35 yr olds and up among ex nhlers!


Ekblad has a complete no trade clause, anything the team wanted to do, Aaron would have to sign off on.

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