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Florida Panthers lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 4 1 on Saturday night at the BB T Center in Sunrise. Florida mustered only seven shots on goal in the first period as Chicago jumped out to an early 2 0 and never looked back.

The Panthers are now 8 12 2 with 18 points on pace for 67 points.

Here’s another look at Saturday night’s game.

The story

Blackhawks overwhelm breeze past Panthers 4 1

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4. The number of times this season the Panthers had a chance to win a second consecutive game but lost instead. In a big picture sense of things Florida has struggled to string together wins as it tries to climb out of the Eastern Conference basement. The Panthers entered Sunday in 15th place in a 16 team conference https://www.flapanthersfans.com/jonathan-huberdeau-jersey-c-19.html only Buffalo’s horrid start saving Florida from being in last place. The Panthers are three times closer to being the worst team in the NHL three points ahead of Arizona than they are to a playoff spot nine points behind Pittsburgh .

It’s a big hill to climb simply to get to mediocrity for the Panthers and they’ll need to have winning streaks to do so. But so far this season Mark Pysyk Jersey they have only won back to back games twice. They’ve never won three games in a row. They’ve had losing streaks of three and five games that torpedoed any optimism.

Under the radar quote of the game

“It was just a minor change trying to tweak a few things down 2 0 ” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said.

This was Boughner https://www.flapanthersfans.com/derek-mackenzie-jersey-c-18.html  on flip flopping Jamie McGinn and Henrik Haapala in the second period. McGinn returned to the second line while Haapala playing in his second NHL game was dropped to the third line. Boughner said the second line in the first period — with Haapala Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad — struggled so he opted to make a change.

The second line has been a carnival of changes this season with Boughner mixing and matching to try to find the right fit alongside Trocheck. Haapala a skilled winger who dominated in Finland last season was penciled in as the guy that could complement Trocheck. Instead we’ll see if he only got four periods to prove himself in the top six.

Goal of the game

Jonathan Toews scored either one of the luckiest goals of his season or Roberto Luongo allowed one of the softest goals of the season on this one. Reality is probably somewhere in between but Toews bats the puck out of the air with a one handed swing that somehow bounced through Luongo’s legs.

Assist of the game

Jonathan Toews had one of his two assists on this play where Connor Brickley simply left him alone in the corner. As Brickley drifts higher into the zone Toews has more space to find Brandon Saad on the edge of the crease. Toews threads a nice pass to Saad who buries the ultimate game winning goal.

Shot heat map via Natural Stat Trick

The heat map could have looked a lot worse than it ended up looking at the end of the game. After the first period https://www.flapanthersfans.com/denis-malgin-jersey-c-17.html Chicago had 30 shot attempts to Florida’s nine. But the Panthers returned to respectability in the game’s final two periods to kind of even the visuals. Still Chicago still fired a bunch of shots from high danger areas while Florida’s only goal came from the high slot.

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